California Travel Tips

California Rodeo Traditions

Published on: February 12, 2018


As the California Rodeo season goes full throttle, looking back at its past offers interesting insights into how we got here today. First, let’s just say there are more than 100 rodeos each year in the state. And unlike the swipe some folks (who’ve never been on a ranch or farm) like to take, these Western events are rooted in all thing great. Here’s more about how rodeos in California got their start:

  •  The rodeo was originally a working event.
  • In 1851 rodeos gained legal status in California as prescribed: Every owner of a stock farm shall be obliged to give, yearly, one general Rodeo, within the limits of his farm…in order that parties interested may meet, for the purpose of separating their respective cattle.
  • What made the occasion remarkable was the astounding horsemanship of vaqueros. After quickly collecting their cattle, they began showing their stuff — creating a sensation!

 California Rodeos 2018

  • KERNVILLE: Whiskey Flat Days Rodeo Feb.17-18
  • CHOWCHILLA: Western Stampede Mar.9-11
  • CLOVIS Rodeo Mar.10-11
  • PLYMOUTH: Challenge Of Champions Mar.16
  • LA GRANGE Rodeo Mar.25
  • NEEDLES: Colorado River Rodeo & Roundup Apr.6-7
  • LATON Rodeo Apr.7
  • OAKDALE Rodeo Apr.14-15
  • NORCO Horseweek Ranch Rodeo Apr.20-29
  • RED BLUFF Round-Up Apr.20-22
  • CLOVIS Rodeo Apr.26-29
  • SPRINGVILLE Rodeo Apr.27-29
  • LAKESIDE Rodeo Apr.27-29
  • AUBURN: Gold Country Pro Rodeo Apr.28-29
  • COARSEGOLD Rodeo May 4-6
  • STONYFORD Rodeo May 5-6
  • DIXON: Roughrider Rodeo May 11
  • PALM SPRINGS: Hot Rodeo May 11-13
  • SONORA: Mother Lode Round Up Rodeo  May 12-13
  • MARIPOSA: BBOS Bull Riding May 12
  • COTTONWOOD CCPRA Rodeo May 12-13
  • WOODLAKE: Lions Rodeo May 12-13
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