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World's Oldest Rodeo® Starts in High Gear

29 June 2016  

The 2016 World's Oldest Rodeo® started on Tuesday with the never-fails-to-thrill riding and roping from some of the top-ranked cowboys in the world. 

With a total purse of more than $250K, there’s a lot at stake for the men and ladies that participate. Since the World's Oldest Rodeo® is an official stop on the Pro-Rodeo circuit, their performances here in Prescott also help in their national and world standings. 

Of course, when attending the World's Oldest Rodeo® one expects a package of total entertainment, and there’s no disappointment here! From well-known and loved Announcer Randy Corley to the Shire Horses pulling the polished green wagon; the new face of Barrelman Clinton ‘Wolfey’ Selvester, and tops-in-the-world specialty act John Payne (aka The One Arm Bandit), the performances never fail to please. 

After the traditional pageantry and salute to the flag, the first event is the Wild Horse Race. This year, the Prescott Frontier Days event is sanctioned by Xtreme Bronc Riding. With 3-man teams trying to convince a horse that it does want to be saddled and it wants to go in a certain direction, the results are great fun to watch. 

Riding a horse that wants to toss it’s rider is always a highlight of the rodeo experience for the spectators. But, sometimes people don’t understand what actually goes into prepping for that 8 seconds. Here’s a bit of a behind-the-scenes look: 

Jade Blackwell, a Wickenberg High School graduate, got the highest score - 82 - in saddle bronc riding. (See all scores after the photo gallery at the end of this article.) He spoke with eNews about his ride:

Next performance is tonight! See you there!

If you go:

What: World's Oldest Rodeo®

When: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 7:30 PM; Saturday and Monday also offer matinee performances at 1:30 PM. 

Where: 840 Rodeo Drive, Prescott Arizona

Cost: Tickets start at $12, parking is $5

The Saturday evening performance is sold out, and others are close, so you'll want to get your tickets ASAP!

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Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder and Editor of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She asks a lot of questions! In her spare time, she loves photography, cooking and hanging out with her family.