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CALIFORNIA RODEO SALINAS
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

BIG WEEK
The 2013 Wrangler Million Dollar ProRodeo Tour makes a stop in Salinas, bringing some of the best cowboys and cowgirls ProRodeo has to offer. The California Rodeo Salinas is one of the top 10 regular season rodeos in the US and draws over 700 of the best cowboys and cowgirls across America to compete for almost 400,000 dollars in prize money and the coveted gold and silver Salinas belt buckle. This annual event also draws over 50,000 fans to the Salinas Sports Complex each year to see action-packed rodeo events such as bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding and more. The track that surrounds the arena is also full of action, including horse races, specialty performances, barrel racing, mutton busting and several other crowd-pleasing events. It is truly a unique event.The event takes place over four days in July with evening performances on Thursday and Friday July 18th and 19th and day time performances on Saturday and Sunday July 20th and 21st.

HISTORY
The California Rodeo Salinas is thankful for all of all the dedicated rodeo directors, committee members, sponsors, contestants and rodeo fans who have worked and supported our great rodeo over the past 100 years. We look forward to new traditions as we move into the next Hundred Years of Rodeo in Salinas.

1910s
In 1911 the rodeo, known as the Wild West Show, was held at the Sherwood Race Track grounds. It was a week long event, thus the name, Big Week. In 1912, playing host to 4,000 people, the rodeo featured mostly local cowboys and cowgirls riding bucking horses. It included visiting cowboys like Jesse Stahl, who was arguably the most famous African American cowboy of all time. Two years later the event became known as the California Rodeo. During this era the El Colmado del Rodeo night parade began.

1920s
Then came the roaring 20s and the California Rodeo found a permanent home at Sherwood Park. In 1924 a new grandstand of 8,000 seats, a ½ mile race track, barns and bucking chutes were constructed. A year later the California Rodeo was incorporated. The first Rodeo Queen was Bernice Donahue. At the end of this era the professional cowboys outnumbered the local cowboys. Attendance soared to record highs despite Black Thursday and the beginning of the depression.

1930s
With the 1930s the California Rodeo hosted Hollywood stars with visits from Will Rogers and Gene Autry, who was shooting scenes for one of his movies. Professional cowboys started the Cowboys Turtle Association to improve the prize money and rodeo standards. Brahma bulls were used for the first time in the bull riding event. The Big Hat Bar-B-Q and the Kiddie Kapers Parade began. When the era ended, the daily horse parade had nearly 1,000 horses.

1940s
The 1940s was marked by the attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II. Local cowgirl Lola Gali of San Benito County carried the American flag in the horse parade and Edith Happy made her first appearance as a trick rider, returning each year until 1962. In 1947, new events like wild cow milking, wild horse races, and trick riders were introduced on the track. The Cowboy Turtle Association changed its’ name to the RCA- Rodeo Cowboys Association.

1950s
As we hit the fabulous 50s, the American flag changed to 50 stars signifying the addition of Alaska and Hawaii into statehood. The first National Finals Rodeo was held in Dallas, TX. Jim Rodriquez, Jr., 18 years old at the time, and Gene Rambo were the first local cowboys to win the Team Roping World Championship at the National Finals Rodeo. Celebrity guests to the Rodeo included Richard Boone, Have Gun Will Travel, and Clint Eastwood appeared as Rowdy Yates from the T.V. show Rawhide. Chuck Wagon Races provided more than their share of excitement on the track from 1953-1956.

1960s
The 60s brought the debut of Cowgirl Barrel Racing and the first Pageant of Flags. Other celebrities visited our Rodeo with Clint Eastwood. Amanda Blake, who played Miss Kitty on the show, Gun Smoke, also came to the Rodeo. Miss Kitty donated a replica of the famous Long Branch Saloon from Gun Smoke to the Rodeo. Local cowboys, John Rodriquez won the All Around Cowboy Title in 1967 and his brother Jim Rodriquez Jr. won it in 1968.

1970s
The 1970s evolved with the addition of the popular Wrangler Bull Fights. Other events that were initiated were the individual Calf Dressing and the Mare and Foal Race. An early tradition of driving steers down Main Street was revived during the daily parade. The well known clown, Wilbur Plaugher retired after many great years as the Rodeo’s clown. The Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association PRCA took over from the RCA in promoting the sport of Pro Rodeo.

1980s
In the early 1980s the rodeo complex took on a new look with the addition of the Historical Museum, replacement of the bucking chutes and the construction of the Albert Hansen Pavilion. Other changes were the team penning moving to the track and the beginning of the Special Buckaroo Rodeo, also known as the Exceptional Rodeo. The National Finals Rodeo moved to its current home in Las Vegas. The last Colmo del Rodeo Parade was held in 1988.

1990s
As we approached the millennium, the 1990s brought about a complete makeover for the California Rodeo. New grandstands were built, more than doubling the seating capacity. A new Long Branch Saloon on the south end of the arena was added. The Chuck Wagon races were brought back. The Professional Bull Riding PBR event was held for the first time on the Wednesday before the Rodeo. The PRCA announced a rule change eliminating locals from participating in Rodeo events if they didn’t hold a PRCA card.

2000s
Starting the new millennium in the 2000s, the popularity of Professional Rodeo continues to grow and so did attendance. The California Rodeo was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. The replay screen was added to bring the action closer to the crowd and mixing technology with tradition. The popular Bull Crossing tent was born offering live music, a full bar, and a mechanical bull for after rodeo entertainment.

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West of the Pecos Rodeo
Monday, June 24, 2013

Rodeo. Just to think of the word brings excitement to many people. Excitement was in the dusty air of Pecos in 1883 when a few cowboys met to find out who was the best at riding and roping. From the beginning of time, there has been competition among men. So it was with those horsemen who made a living in the daily chores about the ranch headquarters or trailing a herd of cattle in the wind, dust and rain storms. As these men crossed trails and met in places such as Pecos, there always came the question, Who is the best?

Trav Windham had become well known after driving cattle from Abilene to the Hashknife Ranch just north and west of Pecos. This ranch had been established as a place for cattle used to feed workers on the T & P Railroad which was moving west from Sweetwater. Windham later became foreman for the Lazy Y outfit after he decided to quit the trail. Morg Livingston of the NA ranch had earned a reputation as a roper. Since bragging could not determine a winner, they decided that the two of them would meet in a contest. Word spread quickly and other cowboys also wanted to compete to prove their abilities.

A place was chosen on the flat land west of the river roughly where the present courthouse and law enforcement build- ings are located. The date chosen was July 4th. Since that was a holiday, most ranchers, cowboys and townspeople could attend. When that day came, there were horses, wagons, people walking coming from all directions to see what was going to happen, and to find out how their favorite cowboy would fair.

Most stories about that day concerned the time it took Trav Windham to rope and tie his steer 22 seconds to win that event. Later Morg Livingston beat Windham in a matched roping. Before the day was over, cowboys from Hashknife, W, Lazy Y and the NA spreads were part of the action. One story from that day named Pate Beard of the Hashknife and Jeff Chism as having walked away with honors. Others named were Jim Mannin, John Chalk, George Brookshire, Howard Collier, Jim Livingston, Brawley Oates, Jim and Henry Slack, E.P. Stuckler and Henry Miller.

Henry Slack, grandfather of R. C. Slack of Pecos, was proba- bly the youngest rider there. While he did not remain a cowboy, he never lost his love for the cowboy life even as a business man. Since he was a famous figure from that cowboy event, he had the honor for many years to lead or ride in the rodeo parades when they began in the early 1930′s. Many people came to know and respect Uncle Henry. The late Evelyn Slack Mahoney often recalled stories her father, Henry Slack, and about being there on July 4, 1883.

Through the years, many stories were told of the Pecos event and other towns began to claim the first rodeo. Barney Hubbs of Pecos a longtime newsman and historian, began to gather information to verify the facts handed down from generation to generation. He obtained signed affidavits from various people, some whom attended that first rodeo. The Encyclopedia Britannica publishers discovered Mr. Hubbs newspaper account of the first rodeo and asked for his proof. He was successful, after much controversy, in getting Pecos named as the host of the first public cowboy contest wherein prizes were awarded to the winners of bronco riding and steer roping. No admission was charged to the spectators. In getting this recognition for Pecos, Hubbs lost his affidavits, as they were never returned.

Schedule

Tuesday June 25, 2013

Slack beginning at 8:00am, 1st and 2nd Go of Steer Roping.
Tuesday June 25, 2013

Slack beginning at 7:30pm, Start the 3rd Go of Steer Roping, Barrel Racing Slack.
Wednesday June 26, 2013

Slack beginning at 8:00am, Team Roping, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling.
Old Timer’s Reunion 9:00am West of the Pecos Museum.
Rodeo Parade 10:00am.
Reeves County Sheriff’s Posse BBQ, Noon.
1st Performance of the West of The Pecos Rodeo, 8:00pm
Family Night, children 12 and under admitted free.
Boot scramble during performance, 3 age groups; 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10. Winners receive bikes.
The local event to run that night… Wild Cow Milking.
Thursday June 27, 2013

Slack beginning at 8:00am, Team Roping, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling.
2nd Performance of the West of The Pecos Rodeo, 8:00pm
TOUGH ENOUGH TO WEAR PINK NIGHT PLEASE WEAR PINK. Portion of gate proceeds donated to PECOS AREA CANCER FOUNDATION.
Family Night, children 12 and under admitted free.
Second run of Boot Scramble during performance.
The local event to run that night…Hide Race.
Friday June 28, 2013

Slack beginning at 8:00am, Team Roping, Calf Roping and Steer Wrestling.
3rd Performance of the West of The Pecos Rodeo, 8:00pm.
Calf Scramble during performance, 2 age groups; 11-12 and 13-15. Winners receive WOPR Buckle.
The local event to run that night…Wild Mare Race.
Saturday June 29, 2013

Slack beginning at 8:00am, Team Roping, Calf Roping and Steer Wrestling.
West of the Pecos Team Roping Classic Local Open Roping. Books open 9:00am with roping beginning immediately following PRCA slack.
4th Performance of the West of The Pecos Rodeo, 8:00p.m.
The finals for all local events will run.
Top 12 team ropers from the West of The Pecos Classic team roping to rope during performance.

Blog Archive
July, 2013
·CALIFORNIA RODEO SALINAS

June, 2013
·West of the Pecos Rodeo

April, 2013
·TETWP Horse Show

January, 2013
·The 2013 Apparel is here!

December, 2012
·Pink Night at the Wrangler National Finals

·Viva Las Vegas

November, 2012
·Gearing up for Vegas in December

·Adopt a Highway Program in honor of Becky Moorhouse

·Red Bluff Round Up Association Supports Imaging Center and Breast Cancer Detection

October, 2012
·Countdown to Eighth Tough Enough to Wear Pink Anniversary at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo!

September, 2012
·San Bernardino County Sheriffs Benefit Rodeo

·Let er Buck- September 12-15

August, 2012
·Annual St.George Lions Pink Rodeo to Help Fight Breast Cancer in Southern Utah

·Get Your Pink on

·58th Annual Minot Ys Mens Rodeo

·Dawson Creek Stampede- The Greatest Show in the Peace

July, 2012
·Our Rider in the Sky

·California Rodeo Salinas

·66th Annual Cavalcade July 16th- July 22nd, 2012

·Central Wyoming Fair-PRCA Rodeo

June, 2012
·Wojo’s GREENBUSH RODEO JUNE 29TH, 30TH & JULY 1ST- 2012

·Western Fest Stampede Rodeo Granite Falls, Minnesota

·HOPPEL’S 24TH ANNUAL RODEO July 6th and 7th, 2012

May, 2012
·Hauling for Hope

·A Sister in Need of Help

·Rancheros Visitadores

·Silver Spurs Rodeo Helps Buck Cancer, Donation to Florida Hospital

April, 2012
·Cowboys Hit Town to Qualify for 98th Annual Clovis Rodeo Set To Begin Thursday

·Cowboys Hit Town to Qualify for 98th Annual Clovis Rodeo Set To Begin Thursday

·Red Bluff Roundup 2012

·“Cowboy Capital of the World” Oakdale, California

March, 2012
·HELP CATTLEMEN’S DAYS TETWP WIN $50,000

·Join the fun at the Goliad PRCA Rodeo

·Check out the Eryn Greenfield Patch Race

February, 2012
·San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo comes to town

·History of the Silver Spurs

·Tough Enough to Wear Pink Addresses the Susan G. Komen Issues

·SAVE THE DATE!

January, 2012
·Western giving: Charity begins at home An Article from the American Cowboy.

·Vote for Gunnison Cattlemens Days TETWP!

December, 2011
·Check out the 2012 TETWP Line!

·The New Merchandise is in!

November, 2011
·In Case You Missed the Words from the Commish…

·Were giving out prizes all month long. Do you feel lucky?

October, 2011
·WRANGLER TOUGH ENOUGH TO WEAR PINK CELEBRATES SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY WITH GOAL TO RAISE $11 MILLION TO

·WRANGLER NATIONAL FINALS RODEO PINK NIGHT MONDAY, DECEMBER 5TH

·OCTOBER IS HERE ...OUR FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR

September, 2011
·Not too tough to donate for a good cause FUNDS RAISED FOR MAMMOGRAM VISITS

·LOVE GYPSY SOULE BLING

·Fun at the Fair

August, 2011
·FIRST EVER CATTLE DRIVE FOR A CURE TO BE HELD AT THE MONTEREY COUNTY FAIR

·Tough Enough to Wear Pink mourns loss for Beaver Family

·Thank you all for being Tough Enough to Help, Fremont County.

·Michigan Slide In Event

·Stage Collapsed at Indiana State Fair

·Stage Collapsed at Indiana State Fair

July, 2011
·REGISTER NOW ...THE VIEWS ARE FABULOUS

·The Pink Shirt

·Rodeo Fun in Gunnison

·Codrington cowboys are Tough Enough

June, 2011
·124th Prescott Frontier Days is Here! June 28th

·Join the 24th Annual Edgewood Rodeo Days

·Hurry out to the 2011 College National Finals Rodeo!

·Livermore Kicks off Rodeo for 2011

May, 2011
·Janet Titus and Her love for Horses

·A Little Something Special from the Redding Rodeo

·California Rodeo Salinas partners with Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital

·Pioneer Days Rodeo will be the home of Carrs top bulls

April, 2011
·Helotes Cornyval & Pro-Rodeo starts this week

·Wild West Soda is Tough Enough to Wear Pink.  Are you?

·Red Bluff Round-Up: Tough Enough To Wear Pink auction item unveiled

·The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

March, 2011
·60th Annual Oakdale Rodeo

·390 INCHES TOTAL COLLECTED AT ITS NOT YOUR REGULAR CUTTIN

February, 2011
·47TH ANNUAL LOST DUTCHMAN DAYS

·126th Silver Spurs Rodeo

·2011 Silver Spur Rodeo starts this weekend!

·2011 Silver Spur Rodeo starts this weekend!

January, 2011
·Clay Dustin always wears his pink shirt

·You have all requested them Ladies! They are here…

December, 2010
·Western Community Breaks the $9 Million Mark for Tough Enough to Wear Pink!

·George Strait Tough Enough to Wear Pink Golf Tournament a Success!

November, 2010
·WNFR Festivities Underway

September, 2010
·First Lady of Pink- Pendleton celebrates pink

·ROPE and RUN for the CAUSE

July, 2010
·Cattlemens Days tops the half-million dollar mark with this years TETWP campaign

·Check out the TriCounty Pony Club!

·100th California Rodeo Salinas

June, 2010
·Check out the Santa Maria Rodeo

April, 2010
·Red Bluff Rodeo donates $25,000

·Meet Matt Braden

·Cleaning for a Reason

March, 2010
·Genetic Services- When, Where, How?

February, 2010
·Parada Del Sol Starts the Parade Off with The Pink Ribbon Tour!

·START THEM OFF YOUNG- a mission for Awareness and Breast Cancer

·STORIES OF INSPIRATION

January, 2010
·Purple Cowboy is on the Today Show!

·Beverly’s Story

December, 2009
·Vegas Fun- Part 1

·Tough Enough to Wear Pink™  Celebrates Fifth Anniversary