Our campers love this rodeo so much we offer a 10% discount for a reservation when you mention you’ll be going to it. Lakeside Rodeo was first held on July 5, 1920. After a few years off, the rodeo returned in 1933 and the Lakeside Rodeo Association was created. The association is an entirely volunteer organization of hard working people dedicated to making sure this event always lives up to your expectations.
There are a variety of events you can watch at this rodeo and all of them will keep you cheering and having a great time.
This 8 second ride can be one of the wildest you will see. Just a rider and a bronc with no saddle between them. The rider’s feet must be up near above the break of the horse’s shoulder. The only handhold is a rigging made of leather and rawhide. If the rider touches the horse with the other hand they are disqualified. It’s a crazy 8 seconds and you’ll be hard pressed to stay in your seat as you hold your breath watching the bronc bucking wildly to drop the rider off.
Tie Down Roping
This is an event in which a rider and horse work together to rope a calf. The calf has been given a head start. Once the rider and horse catch up, the calf is roped, and three legs are tied together. This requires incredible coordination between rider and horse. The horse is as much a competitor in this event as is the rider.
Saddle Bronc Riding
This bronc riding is another 8 second event but includes a saddle. Scoring takes into consideration if the rider touches the bronc or themselves with their free hand, if a foot slips from a stirrup, how hard the horse bucks, if the rider drops the reins, and several other points. It is thrilling to watch and amazing to think they can hold on for as long as they do.
These animals are huge, sometimes weighing more than a ton. That doesn’t slow them down though and the rider must be strong enough to keep themselves forward over the animal so as not to get whipped around when the bull bucks. They are judged on body position and use of the free arm.
The Lakeside Rodeo will be the place to be from April 22-24. We hope to see you there. We have a lot more to tell about this rodeo so please stay tuned for part two coming next week.