Best North American rodeo? Readers vote Dodge City Roundup Rodeo

This winning rodeo celebrates its 42nd installment in 2018

The professional sport of rodeo was born from real cattle herding practices of Spain, Australia and the Americas. Today, these tests of skill and speed are most closely associated with the American West, though rodeo events are hosted throughout the continent.

  • Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
    Dodge City, Kansas

    The Dodge City Roundup Rodeo celebrates its 42nd installment in 2018 with a packed schedule of horse shows, roping contests and rodeo action. The event is also home to one of the country’s longest running Little Britches Rodeos geared toward young competitors.
    Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Dodge City Daily Globe, Michael Schweitzer

  • World's Oldest Rodeo
    Prescott, Ariz.

    The World's Oldest Rodeo takes place during Prescott Frontier Days – a Fourth of July Weekend tradition dating back to 1888. Events include wild horse racing, steer wrestling, bareback riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc, team roping, bull riding and barrel racing, as well as specialty rodeo performances.
    Photo courtesy of Miller Photo

  • Reno Rodeo
    Reno

    The Reno Rodeo calls itself the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West,” a well-earned nickname for this 10-day event that draws some 140,000 spectators to the fourth richest PRCA tour rodeo. In addition to the rodeo action, festival goers enjoy kids mutton bustin, a rodeo carnival, cowboy church and a parade.
    Photo courtesy of Reno Rodeo

  • Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
    Fort Worth, Texas

    One of the biggest events on the Fort Worth annual calendar kicks off each January with rodeos, stock shows, an All Western Parade through downtown, family activities, live music, a carnival and four acres of shopping.
    Photo courtesy of AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley

  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
    Houston

    The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo includes two different rodeo competitions, the Super Series and the Super Shootout with a combined payout of more than $2 million. Some 325 contestants come to compete in from of over a million fans. Other events include horse shows, livestock shows, a calf scramble, auctions, parade, trail rides and a BBQ cook-off.
    Photo courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

  • Greeley Stampede
    Greeley, Colo.

    The town of Greeley celebrates Independence Day with the Greeley Stampede. Events leading up to the July 4th parade include a PRCA Rodeo Series with events in bareback bronc, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, team roping, tie-down roping, mutton busting, barrel racing and bull riding.
    Photo courtesy of Greeley Stampede

  • Williams Lake Stampede
    Williams Lake, British Columbia

    Established in 1920, the “Greatest Show on Dirt” takes place over Canada Day Weekend with a professional rodeo, Stampede Queen pageant, pancake breakfast, live music, parade and concessions.
    Photo courtesy of Moosealope / Flickr

  • National Western Stock Show and Rodeo
    Denver

    Established in 1906, the National Western Stock Show takes place each January over the course of two weeks and includes one of the nation’s largest horse shows, Colorado’s largest western trade show and one of the world’s richest professional rodeos of the regular season. The event attracts some 650,000 visitors each year.
    Photo courtesy of National Western Stock Show

  • Tucson Rodeo
    Tucson

    The Tucson Rodeo, a.k.a. La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, has grown into a 9-day event since its establishment in 1925. The rodeo features current and former PRCA cowboys and cowgirls from around the U.S. and Canada competing in several different events, as well as the world’s longest non-motorized parade.
    Photo courtesy of Tucson Rodeo

  • Cheyenne Frontier Days
    Cheyenne, Wyo.

    Cheyenne, Wyoming has been celebrating its Old West heritage since 1897 during Cheyenne Frontier Days. This showcase of all things Western boasts the world's largest outdoor rodeo, where cowboys compete for more than $1 million in cash and prizes, as well as top-name entertainment, a Native American Village, frontier town, parades, a carnival midway, frontier-themed art show, pancake breakfast and a chuck-wagon cook-off.
    Photo courtesy of AP Photo/David Zalubowski

The top 10 winners in the category Best Rodeo are as follows:

  1. Dodge City Roundup Rodeo - Dodge City, Kansas
  2. World’s Oldest Rodeo - Prescott, Ariz.
  3. Reno Rodeo - Reno
  4. Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo - Fort Worth, Texas
  5. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - Houston
  6. Greeley Stampede - Greeley, Colo.
  7. Williams Lake Stampede - Williams Lake, British Columbia
  8. National Western Stock Show and Rodeo - Denver
  9. Tucson Rodeo - Tucson
  10. Cheyenne Frontier Days - Cheyenne, Wyo.

Congratulations to all these winning rodeos!

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