Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days

Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days

LET’S RODEO, July 14-17, 2021 at the scenic Norris Penrose Event Center!

The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is PRCA-sanctioned championship rodeo at its best with Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie-down Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding. PLUS a wild west show featuring longhorn steers that is beyond amazing!

Get your tickets early and buy online to save time and money. The 80th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is for the true fan, the first timer and everyone in between!


Wednesday, August 19, 2020—Honoring U.S. Space Force
Sponsored by The Boeing Company

Thursday, August 20, 2020—Honoring Missile Defense & First Responders
Sponsored by UCHealth

Friday, August 21, 2020—Honoring Fort Carson
Sponsored by Northwestern Mutual

Saturday Matinee, August 22, 2020—Honoring the U.S. Air Force Academy
Sponsored by USAA

Saturday Evening, August 22, 2020—Honoring NORAD/USNORTHCOM
Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

Learn more about why we’ve made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. We hope you’ll join us in looking forward to the 80th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo next summer, July 14-17, 2021!

Letter from the PPOBR President

The Lineup

All performances start with the Pikes Peak or Bust Range Rider Pivots and Rangerettes drill teams, followed by the Mounted Color Guard. Events follow in this order:

  • Bareback
  • Steer Wrestling
  • Team Roping
  • Saddle Bronc
  • Tie-down Roping
  • Barrel Racing
  • Bull Riding



The 80th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo starts August 19 with nightly performances through August 22, as well as a matinee performance on Saturday, August 22. All evening performances begin at 7:00 p.m., Saturday matinee begins at 12:30 p.m. Grounds open at 4:00 p.m. for evening performances and at 10:00 a.m. for the Saturday matinee (Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and 10:30 a.m., respectively), and parking is FREE!!


PLEASE NOTE: Ticket price does not include taxes and ticketing fees. Ticketing fees apply both online and for Box Office purchases.

Standing room tickets will NOT be sold for any of the performances.

Ticket Pricing

Wed.Thurs.Fri.Sat. MatineeSat. Evening
Buy NowBuy NowBuy NowBuy NowBuy Now
(Grandstand E & L)
Boxes (44-51/93-100)

*Endzone seats are located in front of the roping chutes.


Special Ticket Pricing

Children 2 & underFreeFreeFreeFreeFree
Children 12 & under½ price
½ price
½ price
½ price
(grandstand only)
$2 disc.$2 disc.$2 disc.$2 disc.$2 disc.
Group sales
20 or more
(grandstand only)
$2 disc.$2 disc.No group discounts
Friday night
$2 disc.No group discounts
Saturday night

Military discounts: Military receive $2.00 off each adult grandstand ticket purchased. Select the Military price option when purchasing your ticket. Your military ID will be REQUIRED for entry to the Rodeo so be sure to bring it!

First Responders: Police, sheriff, highway patrol and fire department personnel receive $2.00 off each grandstand ticket purchased for the Thursday, August 20, 2020 evening performance ONLY. Select the First Responder price option when purchasing your ticket. Your official employee ID will be REQUIRED to receive this discount so be sure to bring it!

Ticket for children 12 and under are ½ of the adult grandstand price (with the exception of children’s tickets for the Saturday matinee performance). Children 2 and under are free (to sit on lap).

Groups of 20 or more, please contact mandy@norrispenrose.com

Camera Policy: Commercial photography is permitted for credentialed and approved media only. It is prohibited in all other circumstances. All rights belong to Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and Cinch. Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo reserves the right to use photos taken at the event in future marketing and advertising.

Learn more about why we've made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. We hope you'll join us in looking forward to the 80th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo next summer, July 14-17, 2021!

Letter from the PPOBR President

NPEC Stadium Diagram



2020 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days

Our invitational championship Rodeo promises edge-of-your-seat excitement featuring many of the best athletes in the business, along with a variety of other traditional western events sure to please the whole family. Fans of all ages will enjoy all the action! Grounds open at 4:00 p.m.—come early, skip the traffic, and enjoy the family-friendly pre-show fun, including mutton bustin’ tryouts, pony rides, mechanical bull rides, a climbing wall and much more! Also, be sure to swing by the Coors Roadhouse Saloon right after the Rodeo to enjoy live music each night!

Rodeo Dates: August 19-22, 2020
Location: Norris-Penrose Event Center
Times: 7:00 p.m., Wednesday–Saturday nights, 12:30 p.m. Saturday matinee
Tickets on sale: Tickets will be on sale, online starting June 30, 2020. Click the Tickets Page for more details. Parking is FREE!

More Events

Western Heritage Spirit Days

Join us in celebrating our western heritage with exciting cultural events throughout the Pikes Peak region, all year long!

Click here for the 2020 schedule

Western Heritage Coloring Page

Calling all budding artists—grab your crayons, colored pencils or watercolors and show us your western side! Just download and print the page below, work your magic and share to social media with your name and age. We'd love to see your masterpieces, so be sure to tag @WesternHeritageSpirit on Facebook!

Download the coloring page

More Attractions

More Attractions

There’s lots to do before the Rodeo begins. Grounds open at 4 p.m. for the evening performances, and at 10 a.m. for the Saturday matinee. Mutton bustin’ preliminaries or try-outs are tons of fun for everyone. Plus there’s mechanical bull riding, pony rides, photo opportunities with longhorns, and much, much more. With vendor booths on the north and south sides of the arena, you’ll see a wide array of souvenirs to choose from. Vendors and concessions offer plenty of options for meals, snacks, and drinks.

And after the Rodeo, head on over to the Coors Roadhouse Saloon for great music, dancing, and some ice cold Coors.

While You're in Town for the Rodeo

Colorado Springs (or “the Springs” as we say in these parts) is one of the nation’s most scenic cities and boasts a full slate of can’t-miss attractions. Be sure to check out a few while you’re here!

Plan Your Visit

Colorado Springs is also home to the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee Headquarters, 20+ National Olympic Governing Bodies, more than 50 National Sport Organizations, the Colorado Springs Olympic and Paralympic Training Center and the future U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum.

Learn more about Colorado Springs

Simple parking, stress-free check-in, and an easy-to-navigate terminal. Learn more about all that the Official Airport of PPoBR has to offer!

Fly COS!

And be sure to stop by PeakRadar.com for other cool arts and culture happenings in the community!

Rodeo 101

Bareback – The rider sits directly on the horse, with only his rigging to hang onto.

The cowboy’s boots must be above the break of the horse’s shoulders as they leave the chute. After the first jump, the cowboy matches the horse’s rhythm and rides as controlled as possible. He may not touch the horse, his equipment or himself with his free hand. If the ride lasts eight seconds, he is judged on his technique against the horse’s bucking strength.

Steer Wrestling – This is a coordinated effort between two mounted cowboys, ...

...the contestant and a hazer who controls the steer’s direction, as well as their horses. You’ll see the cowboys back into the box, the contestant nods, the chute gate opens and the steer gets a head start. As the steer wrestler draws even with steer, he dismounts from his horse, grasps the steer’s horns and digs in his boot heels for all he’s worth. He then wrestles the steer onto its side, and when he has the steer’s four legs pointing in the same direction, the clock stops.

Team Roping – Partners work in close coordination as the steer again gets...

...a head start. The header throws the first loop which must catch the steer’s head or horns (the horns are protected with a special wrap). He then moves to pull the rope taut and changes the direction of the steer. The heeler then catches both of the steer’s hind legs. When both ropes are taut and both horses face the steer, the time is recorded.

Saddle Bronc Riding – The cowboy’s boots must be above the horse’s shoulders...

...when the chute gate opens. His only handhold is a six foot braided rope. His free hand can’t touch the horse, any equipment or himself. A ride lasting eight seconds is judged on difficulty and control.

Tie-down Roping – The roper backs his horse into the box, carrying a rope in one...

...hand and a pigging string in his mouth. The calf gets a head start. The cowboy throws a loop over the calf’s head, his horse pulls the rope taut while the cowboy lays the calf down and strings together three legs using the pigging string. When he lifts his hands, the judge drops a flag to stop the clock. If the calf’s legs stay tied for six seconds, it’s a qualified run.

Barrel Racing – A rider can start right or left in this race against time to follow the...

...cloverleaf pattern around three barrels. Once the rider crosses the electric eye, the clock begins and that same eye registers her time as she completes the race. Each barrel that is tipped over adds five seconds to the run.

Bull Riding – The bull rider may use only one hand to stay aboard during the...

...eight-second ride. If he touches the bull or himself with his free hand, he receives no score. To stay aboard the bull, a rider grasps a flat braided rope, which is wrapped around the bull’s chest just behind the front legs and over its withers. One end of the bull rope, called the tail, is threaded through a loop on the other end and tightened around the bull. The rider then wraps the “tail” around his hand, sometimes weaving it through his fingers to further secure his grip. Then he nods his head, the chute gate swings open, and he and the bull explode into the arena.

Who You’ll See

Who You'll See

The main attractions at the 80th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo are the amazing athletes who come to compete. There are seven events that include Bareback, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding where top prize money will be awarded. There’s also fan favorite—Mutton Bustin’ where a trophy and a medal is awarded to the winner at each performance.

Our local military are honored at each performance—U.S. Space Force, Wednesday evening, Missile Defense & First Responders, Thursday evening, Fort Carson, Friday evening, Air Force Academy, Saturday matinee, and NORAD/NORTHCOM, Saturday evening.

The Animals in Rodeo

You’ll enjoy the precision riding skills of the Pikes Peak Range Rider Pivots at the start of the show. And the lovely and talented Pikes Peak Rangerettes will delight you with their riding skills as well.

The bucking bulls and horses at Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo are some of the best athletes in the sport. These remarkable animals are owned by stock contractors who make sure the livestock is healthy, well-fed, and fit to perform. The care and treatment of these valuable animals is the top priority for these contractors. Pikes Peak or Bust shares in the responsibility of the care of these animals on-site at Norris-Penrose Event Center by having professionally trained judges for each performance, and veterinary staff available throughout the event for any animal care needs.

Boyd Polhamus

Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo fans love Boyd Polhamus! He ‘speaks’ to the long-time fan, as well as the first-time attendee. He explains the action, the scoring, and like all professional announcers, adds that little bit extra about the athlete, the history, and the sport.

His career has put him behind the microphone at the biggest rodeo events in the world, including 21 times as the announcer for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR). He was selected five additional times as the alternate, putting him on the announcer podium in Las Vegas 26 of the last 27 years.

In addition, his voice has filled Reliant Stadium at RodeoHouston for 20 plus years, along with other prestigious locations like the National Western in Denver, the Calgary Stampede, the Dodge City Round Up, and the Snake River Stampede.

When he’s not on the road, you’ll find Boyd at “Band-Aid Ranch” in Brenham, Texas.

Vold Rodeo Company

Vold Rodeo Company, based in southern Colorado, produces rodeos in seven states annually while also providing bucking stock for over 100 rodeo performances, including both the largest outdoor rodeo, Cheyenne, Wyoming, and the largest indoor rodeo, Houston, Texas. Vold Rodeo Company was started over 40 years ago and is managed by Harry Vold's youngest daughter Kirsten.

Chuck Swisher—Bullfighter

Chuck Swisher hails from Dover, Oklahoma and has been fighting bulls for ten years. His resume includes accolades such as 2011 National Finals Rodeo Bucking Stock Sale Champion Bullfighter, 2012 NTSF Miller Lite Bull Blow Out Protection Bullfight MVP and Champion, First Annual Fight For Life Lori Webster Freestyle Bullfight Champion, 2013 Dusty Tuckness Invitational Freestyle Bullfight Champion, in addition to working the 2013 Prairie Circuit Finals.

Nathan Harp—Bullfighter

Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo welcomes Nathan Harp back to Colorado Springs! A professional bullfighter from Tuttle, Oklahoma, Nathan's long list of accomplishments includes 2011 Texas Cowboys Rodeo Association Bullfighter of the Year, 2011 Rex Dunn’s World Championship Rodeo Bullfights World Champion, 2013 Extreme Rodeo Bullfight Tour Champion, and 2014 NTSF Miller Lite Bull Blow-Out Protection Bullfight MVP.

Matt Tarr—Barrel Man

Growing up around rodeo and livestock all his life, rodeo has always been a natural fit for Matt Tarr. With his quick wit and passion for making people smile and laugh, he has become someone to watch both in and out of the arena.

As a clown and barrel man, Matt is known for his great attitude and strives to be a great role model. Matt, his wife Stacie and their son Bransen have made their mark as a young family with a long future ahead of them in the professional rodeo industry.

Amanda Payne

Don't miss this year's Specialty Act, professional rodeo entertainer Amanda Payne and her longhorn steer wrangling' extravaganza!

Pikes Peak Rangerettes

The Pikes Peak Rangerettes were organized in 1957 by the Pikes Peak Range Riders to promote horsemanship, sportsmanship, responsibility and precision riding for young women of the Pikes Peak Region, and to promote the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Functions and activities are held to encourage unity, self-improvement and enjoyment of horse-related activities. Please visit pikespeakrangerettes.org for more information.

Rodeo Contestants

You’ll see some of the top performers in the sport at the 80th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. The events featured are Bareback, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.

Women's Barrel Racing has long been a fan favorite at Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, beloved for its fast pace and thrilling horsemanship. For more about this exciting event and the athletes that compete in it, check out WPRA

Women's Professional Rodeo Association

See the members of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Board of Directors

Girls of the West

Girls of the West

The Girls of the West story is about two young Rodeo Ambassadors, and how they help promote "the western way of life and the western-type American girl" at our Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and other events. Meet the Girls of the West:

Makayla CarricoMakayla Carrico2020 Girl of the West

2020 Girl of the West, Makayla Carrico, is the 19-year-old daughter of Chauncey and Teresa Carrico. Since before she could walk, Makayla has been on the back of a horse, where she competed in gymkhanas, helped ranchers gather and sort cattle, and is currently an intern for a trainer. Whatever adventure Makayla enjoys, she exemplifies the ways of the West.

Makayla will be going into her sophomore year at Lamar Community College studying Equine Business as well Horse Training Management. Then she plans to continue her education at West Texas A&M University to study in Agricultural Communications to fulfill her dream of becoming a Rodeo Commentator.

Born and raised in Colorado, Makayla has served several rodeo organizations as an ambassador to the sport of rodeo. She has developed a dedication to representing not only the western way of life, but also community, especially to the military and their families who so selflessly sacrifice to preserve our freedom. Makayla is deeply honored and grateful to have the opportunity to continue her service to the community and the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo as 2019 Aide to Girl of the West and 2020 Girl of the West.

Makayla rides a bay gelding named Dan.

Georgia StrimenosGeorgia Strimenos2020 Aide to Girl of the West

2020 Aide to Girl of the West, Georgia Strimenos, is the 18-year-old daughter of George and Jenny Strimenos. Since the age of 10, she has been involved in the equine world, competing in 4H, Western and English pleasure, working ranch horse, and gymkhana. She has also served as an ambassador for other Colorado rodeos.

Georgia is currently attending Arapahoe Community College pursuing a Communications degree. She plans on continuing her education to one day have a career with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Meanwhile, she will complete her final year of 4H showing horses, alpacas, and holding officer positions in her club.

The mission of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo holds a special place in her heart as her brother is currently serving as an Airborne Ranger in the U.S. Army. She is excited to be part of an 80-year Colorado tradition that gives back to local military and their families as Aide to Girl of the West.

Georgia rides a paint gelding named Magic.

GOTW images above © 2020 Waldrons Family Studio; Hats by Greeley Hat Works; Buckles by Clint Mortenson Silver and Saddles

Download Aide to Girl of the West Application

Download 2020 Girl of the West Clinic Flyer

More About the Program Past Girls of the West



The 80th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is brought to you in part by the generosity of our title sponsor Cinch and the following local, regional and national sponsors. Since 1946, it has been the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo’s great privilege to show our support of our local military and their families by contributing Rodeo proceeds directly to programs right here in our community. For information about sponsorship, please click here.



Heritage Sponsors: The Heritage logo indicates sponsors who've been supporting the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo for 10 years or more.



The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo has been a Colorado Springs tradition since 1937, showcasing the top rodeo talent and action, while providing wholesome entertainment for the Pikes Peak community to enjoy. Spencer Penrose, an avid sportsman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, founded the Rodeo and in 1938, presented the “House that Spec built” – the 10,000-seat Will Rogers Stadium across from the Broadmoor Hotel. The name was changed to the Spencer Penrose Stadium after his death in 1939, and the Rodeo continued in that location, under the guidance of community leaders committed to Penrose’s legacy.

From 1973-2001, the Rodeo was held at the 71-acre Pikes Peak Equestrian Center. From 2002-2004, the Rodeo moved indoors to the Colorado Springs World Arena. As tradition would have it, in 2005, the Rodeo returned outdoors after purchasing and renovating the Norris-Penrose Equestrian Center. Additional building improvements, including an enclosed Pavilion, continue to make the Center state-of-the-art and a place for the Colorado Springs community to gather. The legacy of the Rodeo in the Pikes Peak region was further recognized three decades ago when the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association located their National Headquarters and Hall of Fame to Colorado Springs. As Colorado Springs second oldest event, there are many opportunities to continue making history in a town that knows and values rodeo!

Since 1946, the proceeds of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo have been utilized to help support service members and their families in the Pikes Peak Region. Colorado Springs is home to the United States Air Force Academy, U.S. NORAD/NORTHCOM (home to the American and Canadian joint forces), Air Force Space Command, Shriever Air Force Base, Peterson Air Force Base, and Fort Carson.

Contact Us

Contact Us

The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is made possible by the tireless work of our all-volunteer Board of Directors, and hundreds more eager and energetic volunteers who espouse this nonprofit event’s mission of preserving our Western heritage while supporting local military and their families. From the front of the house greeters, ushers, and security, to the barns, chutes, and grounds, it takes thousands of man-hours to put on this first-class event. You’ll see retired and active-duty military, off-duty police and fire service professionals, local business owners and executives, ranchers and cowboys, and many others who proudly fill in the ranks of volunteers at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.

Looking for more information about a specific aspect of the Rodeo? Please send your questions or comments our way using the email links listed below:

Media: For media inquiries, contact Nikki@nikkiwallpr.com.

Marketing: For marketing information, contact julie@axiodesign.com.

Sponsorships: For Corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact Leslie@gracecmedia.com.

Vendors: Rodeo fans come ready to eat, drink and buy souvenirs. If you are interested in having a booth at our rodeo, please contact vendor.chair@pikespeakorbust.org.

Volunteers: We are always looking for friendly, outgoing volunteers to help with ushering, ticket taking and other customer service responsibilities. Ideal candidates can work all performances. PPOBRVolunteers@gmail.com

Grounds & Activities: Pony rides, mechanical bull riding, gold panning and more! The grounds open at 4 p.m. for evening performances and at 10 a.m. for the Saturday Matinee. Arrive early to enjoy the fun!

General Ticketing Inquiries: Please contact mandy@norrispenrose.com.

Group Tickets: for groups of 10 or more, contact mandy@norrispenrose.com.

Hank's Club: Take your love of the Rodeo to the next level with this exclusive, members only club. Benefits include PPoBR tickets, private parking and entry, exclusive seating and much more. For more information contact ppobhanksclub@gmail.com.

Girls of the West: The Program is described in more detail on the section of that section of the site. You’ll see past Girls of the West, an application for Aide to Girl of the West, and a current schedule of appearances. For more details, contact corlisspalmer@yahoo.com.

Military Family Ticket Program Sponsorship: This sponsorship program works directly with our local military leadership to provide tickets to military families who otherwise couldn’t afford to attend the rodeo. For more information, please contact deanne.funkhouser@usaa.com.

Special Needs: If you or a family member have special accessibility needs, please contact, info@norrispenrose.com.

Contestants: Nikki@nikkiwallpr.com

General Info: More information needed? Contact john.baily@att.net

NPEC General Facility Info: 719.634.1394
Ticketing Info: 719.635.8881


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