While most people may think
of Rodeo's with car sized bucking bulls, fearless cowboys, and lightning fast
barrel racers, it's not just for adults. Many successful rodeo personalities
got their start as children, competing in events like the Stampede Kids Rodeo.
Events exist for all ages including the smallest rodeo enthusiasts, in a fun,
exciting atmosphere, with prizes going to some of the courageous little cowboys
Stick Pony Events
Some rodeos offer this event for children too
small to ride, or those not yet ready to climb on the back of a real horse.
Each competitor is given a stick horse and every child gathers in the arena.
They all stand behind the start line and take off at the start signal, riding
their stick pony as fast as possible to the finish line. Some rodeos offer
different stick pony events, such as stick pony barrels or pole bending, which
are a fun twist on the standard stick race.
This hilarious sport is relatively new on the
rodeo scene, although the theory behind this wooly ride is familiar: eager
cowboys and cowgirls hop on the back of a sheep and hold on for dear life. The
sheep is loaded into a small chute, much like those used for bulls and bucking
horses. The brave little competitor climbs on the sheep and wraps his hands in
the sheep's wool. Chute workers open the gate and the sheep runs fill-tilt
across the arena, with the competitor hanging on as long as possible. The rider
that stays on for the longest amount of time wins the event.
Junior Timed Events
Junior barrel racing is the same as the adult
races, with the competitors broken into groups based on their ages and
abilities. Pole bending is common at junior rodeos, and each competitor if
required to weave around a set of 6 poles in the shortest time possible. The
flag race is another common junior rodeo event, and it is a test of speed and
precision. Two 5-gallon bucket are filled with soft dirt or oats, and placed on
two barrels on opposite sides of the arena. A flag is placed in one bucket, and
each competitor is given another flag. She runs to the empty barrel, jams the
flag inside, runs across to the other barrel, scoops the remaining flag out,
and carries it to the finish line as fast as possible. Goat tying is a smaller
version of adult tie-down roping, and goat tail tying involves the competitors
running to a goat staked in the middle of the arena, grabbing a ribbon of his
tail, and either throwing his hands up to stop the timer or running back across
the finish line on foot.
Junior Rough Stock
These events are miniaturized versions of adult
rough stock events, with brave young men and women climbing on small rough
stock. Small, lightweight competitors may enter the calf or steer riding
events, while taller, heavier cowboys straddling small bulls.
Applications will be available to fill out online or to download starting on April 1.
- Applications available April 1.
- Application deadline June 13.
- Onsite sign up 5:00 - 7:00 pm, June 3rd or 10th.