Rodeo is one of the oldest sports in the world. It has its roots in early American cowboys, who roamed the open plains of the American west in teams as part of a community called the rodeo clubs. The word cowboy comes from an old nautical term, cancanosman, that meant any water-fearing person who wore a long coat and a gun or, more specifically, carried a knife or sword strapped to his waist. A rodeo rider wore a bulletproof vest and breeches. The first rodeo was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1875. To this day there is a very active scene for rodeos in Reno Nevada.
There are many professional rodeo riders throughout the United States and Canada. The most popular rodeo in the United States is the Texas State rodeo, also known as the Brownstock Rodeo. It is held in Houston, Texas, every March, for the entire month of the summer. In addition to the traditional cattle shows and bull riding, there are many rodeo competitions in the Texas area, such as the Texas State Fair, the South Dakota State Fair, the Oregon State fair, and the California State Fair. You can also always catch the action at the Cody Nite Rodeo in Cody, Wyoming.
Other rodeo events are sanctioned by the rodeo clubs of each state and are usually held on different days of the week. Many of these are very similar to the Texas State and Oregon State fairs except for the fact that they are not held in the same facility. Some are also regional events; for example, the Western Bulldogs' Rodeo in Dallas. There are also rodeo events held on Sundays, just as they do on any other day of the week. rodeo events are generally divided into two divisions: the Western or State Fair, and the Arena, or Beefalo Bowl. There are often rodeo finals rodeo held at various locations throughout the state.
The oldest rodeo in North America is the Rio Grande rodeo in Nacogdoches, Texas. Although the Rio Grande rodeo is not a competition to the highest standards of the rodeo clubs of other states, it is a rodeo that is remembered fondly by a generation of cowboys who have grown up around it. The first finals rodeo was in 1875, and it started out with only seven horses and eight riders. The rodeo moved to its current site in New Mexico after that year's finals. It has continued to be a top rodeo each year since then. The San Antonio Rodeo is another major event that takes place every year.
The oldest rodeo in North America can trace its origins to the early California missions. Mission rodeo was an annual event that included both calves and bulls. The rodeo finals appeared in San Diego during the mid-1800s. The first official rodeo finished at the conclusion of the summer season.
Oregon is not just the home of Oregon State University and Portland, but it is also the home of some of the country's most beloved rodeo events. Horse shows, county fairs and roping competitions are all part of the legacy of Oregon horse shows. The Oregon Horse Shows Association is the driving force behind many of these events. The association has also made special events such as the prison rodeo, the Northwest Horse Shows and the Southworth Poker Run a yearly occurrence.
In addition to the major rodeo events held in Oregon, there are also several smaller rodeo festivities that are held in the state. A few of these events include the Snake River Stampede and the Snake River Classic Rodeo. The Snake River Stampede is one of the largest cattle breed shows in the country. Also, the prison rodeo and the annual Evergreen Orhide and Saddle Show are held in the state as well.
The state of Oregon also has quite a bit of history as it offers quite a bit of rodeo history as well. Several rodeo related events take place in Corbett, Tualatin, Grants, Yountville and the Rogue River valley among other areas. The Rogue River runs through Oregon and offers some of the best rodeo in the country as it flows through the state.