If you’re visiting Texas, one thing you can’t miss is the rodeo. From thrilling events like saddle bronc riding and barrel racing to some of the best BBQ you’ll ever taste and lively two-steppin’ music, you can spend days soaking in the sights and sounds of a Texas rodeo.
Now we’re here to share some fun facts and little-known secrets about the rodeo that are sure to make your next trip a little more special. Here are 10 rodeo facts you might not know about:
1. There Was No First Official Rodeo
You would think that a popular event with such a deep history would have detailed records of when the first rodeo took place, but that’s not the case. According to Silver Spurs Rodeo, there is no record of the first official rodeo anywhere. However, everyone agrees that rodeo has been around for around 200 years! The first Rodeo is actually debatable. Pecos Texas, North Platte Nebraska, and Prescott Arizona have each been claiming the title of “World’s First Rodeo” for a few hundred years.
2. Bull Riding is One of The Most Dangerous Sports in The World
When you’re watching professional cowboys ride a bull that can weigh a few hundred pounds shy of a ton, there’s nothing staged. While rodeos take measures to keep riders safe, the most popular attraction at the rodeo is also the most dangerous. This is the most common assumption, But more injuries, and deaths occur from Barrel Racing and Bareback Riding Every year.
3. Rodeos Are Fun for Everyone
While the rodeo is centered around broncs, bulls, and barrel racing, there are plenty of other activities that are fun for all ages. Many rodeos have kid-friendly events, like tractor pulls, pig races, mutton bustin’ and pony rides. Then there’s the food scene and live music that can serve as great breaks between the main attractions.
4. It’s The Official Sport of Texas
Football and baseball take a back seat in the Lone Star State. Rodeo is the official state sport of Texas, so it’s no wonder that thousands of people visit just to see the Broncos and Cowboys in action.