After World War II, Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo made a commitment to serve the area’s military and community charities and has since donated more than $1.5 mil to programs such as these: Fort Carson Outreach Program, Peterson AFB Outreach Center, US Air Force Academy’s Operation Warm Heart, Colorado Springs Police Department Mounted Patrol, US Army Space Command Food Basket Program, The Military Order of the Purple Heart and American Legion Posts. Every year the rodeo also donates to each of the military bases in Colorado Springs for the military charities supported by each and in return men and women from the bases volunteer their time and assistance wherever they can. Each year the rodeo also hosts an evening for the benefit of breast cancer research in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Wrangler called “Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night”. We went on that night last year. It is always a good (G-rated) family night out supporting great causes. I plan to attend every year.
The rodeo is held at the Norris Penrose Events Center Arena and is a PRCA sanctioned competition (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association). The very talented Boyd Polhamus, the PRCA’s 2007 Announcer of the Year, hosted this year, from horseback, ably assisted by the actually funny (usually hate the clowns, that goes for all clowns, probably another post brewing) barrel man Troy Lerwil. The competitions were amazing, as always. There was Steer Wrestling; Bareback Broncs; Tie -Down Roping ; Bull Riding; Saddle Bronc Riding; Women’s Barrel Racing and Team Roping and a few fun events mixed in too including Wild Cow Milking, Motorcycle Stunt Riding, Mutton Busting (in which 4-6 year olds ride sheep and all of them get a lovely trophy!)
Here are some more of my photos from the events!
Sometimes the Bull wins!
Sometimes it’s just time to get off!