“Well, it’s bulls and blood, it’s dust and mud, it’s the roar of a Sunday crowd…”

While watching rodeos across the country this season, I remain in awe of the talent and courage of these cowboys.  It takes guts to climb on to a raging bull and hold on for 8 seconds or throw yourself onto a running steer while galloping full speed on your faithful horse. 

Rodeo grew out of the practices of Spanish wranglers and ranch hands, with roots in bull fighting and cattle wrangling.  American cowboys learned the ways of the vaqueros after the Texas Revolution and US-Mexican War.  One of the most influential persons in the sport of rodeo was William F. Cody, also known as Buffalo Bill, who created the first major rodeo and first Wild West show.  After this, rodeos and Wild West shows gained popularity, began including women and toured across the US. 

Nowadays, the Canadian Professional Rodeo circuit showcases cowboys and cowgirls from across the country.  These well-organized events are a must see featuring bull riding, bareback, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, and team roping. Be sure to check out Brooks, AB, Pincher Creek, AB and Cranbrook, BC’s pro rodeos held throughout the summer.  Book now at either of our Heritage Inn Hotels in these locations to stay in our comfortable and modern rooms or suites before heading out to watch some great rodeo action! 

Fun Trivia: Which bull is widely regarded as the rankest of all time?

Answer:  Bodacious.  This infamous Charbray bull was commonly referred to as the “World’s Most Dangerous Bull” and was retired for the good of all who would try to ride him.