~~ EVENTS ~~
2011 Year Overview
Equipment Rodeo 2011
Kids Night Out 2011
Royal Gorge Rodeo 2011
Cowboy Shoot 2011
Bad Boys Bull Riding 2011
Colorado Junior 2010
Ranch Rodeo 2010
Professional Rodeo 2010
Motor Cross Races 2010
Become a Canon City Rodeo Association Member!
Only $25.00 per year.
Or donate to keep the horses fed and these unique events going. Although your donation is not tax-deductible, it is always needed and appreciated.
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History of the Canon City Rodeo Association
Canon City is rich in rodeo history. The first rodeo here was in 1872. At that time, it was called the “Old Settlers Reunion”. This reunion blossomed into many years of celebrating and honoring the pioneer settlers of Fremont County.
The rodeo here has changed its name over the years, from Buffalo Bill Times to Wild West Show, to Royal Gorge Round Up. But the tradition and dedication to preserving it never changed.
In 1937, a group of men formed the Canon City Rodeo Association and incorporated it with the Secretary of State. The rodeo show was then called the “Royal Gorge Rodeo”. It included a modern rodeo and horse racing, taking place on the banks of the Arkansas River at Hollywood Flats, now known as Veterans Park located at 1st Street and US Highway 50. A short time later, the rodeo events moved to its current location, the Canon City Rodeo Grounds, sometimes referred to as the Fremont County Fairgrounds.
The men who formed the Canon City Rodeo Association had vision for both the past and the future. The Association was always to be a non-profit organization for the betterment of the community and the preservation of the cowboy tradition to be enjoyed by future generations. These men -- and the men and women who have followed in their footsteps -- have always worked hard to maintain a place where adults and children could develop proper animal handling skills and watch fine animals and riders display their talents. This has included the annual Fremont County 4-H Fair.
Over time, events have been added or removed, depending on the interests of the public, the availability of participants and the vision of the sitting board of directors. As a result, the activities go far beyond just the traditional rodeo.
The Association has also brought in the circus, motor cross events, children’s riding clubs and camps, shooting competitions, martial arts, concerts, barbeques, flea markets and a number of other events and sports that give Fremont County residents and their guests opportunities to both observe and participate in activities they would otherwise not have access to.
Most of all, the countless volunteers of the Canon City Rodeo Association have given immeasurable hours and expertise to maintaining the rodeo facility in order to provide a suitable place for this unique aspect of American history to carry on. Equally important has been their tireless efforts to teach proper rodeo and animal handling skills to folks younger than themselves. Without their collective effort over the last 139 years, we would have lost a distinctive tradition that brings people here from all over the world to experience a taste of America’s wild west.
To all the cowboys, cowgirls and ranchers, here and gone, who have kept the rodeo tradition alive, we say, “Thank you. Because of you, we are still in the saddle.”
Rent a stall and coral at $35.00 a month per animal.
Price includes full access to the grounds to ride on,
including the arena if not being used.
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