Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days

Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days

Championship rodeo is coming to town this summer at the 79th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo—July 10-13, 2019 at the scenic Norris-Penrose Event Center! The top talent in professional rodeo will be invited to this PRCA-sanctioned event, competing in seven standard events including Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Tie-Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, and Barrel Racing. Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo has been a Colorado Springs tradition since 1937, showcasing top rodeo talent and action, while providing wholesome entertainment for area residents, as well as visitors to the region. Fans come from far and wide to enjoy top rodeo action and tons of family fun, all while honoring our local military and their families.

Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days kicks off with a parade in the true hometown tradition. You’ll see floats, equestrian groups, and lots of local businesses as they head south on Tejon, on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

And then, get ready to Rodeo starting July 10-13, 2019—with four performances of invitational championship rodeo and the thrilling Gold Buckle Championship Round on Saturday night, where the top eight scores and eight fastest times from the qualifying performances lay it all on the line for over $200,000 in prize money. It’s edge of your seat excitement from the first event to the last!

Wait! There’s more!! Don’t miss the smash hit bonus event, Bullfighters Only (BFO) Freestyle Bullfighting—back for 2019 and better than ever. Don’t miss these fearless bullfighters going head-to-head to post the top scores, with bragging rights and a cash prize on the line. Competitions take place nightly on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday ONLY. Check out the video link for a glimpse of the excitement!

This all takes place at the scenic Norris-Penrose Event Center, one of the most beautiful venues in the country to enjoy the sport of rodeo. Plan to get your tickets early and buy online to save time and money. The 79th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is for the true fan, the first timer and everyone in between! Experience championship rodeo at its finest this July 10-13.

2019 Performance/Theme Sponsors:


Wednesday, July 10, 2019—Honoring Fort Carson

Sponsored by Northwestern Mutual

Thursday, July 11, 2019—Honoring Missile Defense & First Responders
Sponsored by UCHealth

Friday, July 12, 2019—Honoring Air Force Space Command
Sponsored by The Boeing Company

Saturday, July 13, 2019 (Matinee)—Honoring the U.S. Air Force Academy
Sponsored by USAA

Saturday, July 13, 2019—Honoring NORAD/USNORTHCOM
Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

Saturday, July 13, 2019—Honoring NORAD/USNORTHCOM
Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

The Lineup

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

  • Bareback
  • Steer Wrestling
  • Mutton Bustin’
  • Team Roping
  • Saddle Bronc
  • Tie-down Roping
  • Barrel Racing
  • Bull Riding
  • BFO Freestyle Bullfighting (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday performances ONLY)

After the show, head on over to the Coors Roadhouse Saloon for live music, dancing and plenty of cold Coors!

Championship Format

New to our competition format? Check out our event flow diagram to see how it all goes down at PPoBR!

Click here to download

Before You Head Out

Looking for details on accessibility, parking, stroller policy, ATMs and more? Grab our updated flyer for helpful venue and event information.

Click here to download

Tickets

Tickets

The 79th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo starts July 10 with nightly performances through July 13, as well as a matinee performance on Saturday, July 13. 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). There’s lots to see and do before the rodeo, and parking is FREE!!

Online tickets are now available! Purchase using the Buy Now buttons below, and get ‘em while they’re hot! Purchases can also be made at the Norris-Penrose Event Center Box Office. Stay tuned for 2019 Box Office hours!

Advance ticket pricing is in effect until midnight, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Get your tickets early and SAVE! 

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.

Advance Ticket Pricing / Pricing as of July 1, 2019

Wed.Thurs.Fri.Sat. MatineeSat. Evening
Buy NowBuy NowBuy NowBuy NowBuy Now
Box$34/$42$34/$42$37/$46$34/$42$41/$50
Grandstand$24/$30$24/$30$27/$34$24/$30$31/$40
Endzone*
(Grandstand E & L)
Boxes (44-51/93-100)
$18/$25$18/$25$21/$28$18/$25$23/$34

*Endzone seats are located in front of the roping chutes and not in front of main arena action.

Advance ticket pricing is in effect until midnight, Sunday, June 30, 2019. Get your tickets early and SAVE! 

Special Ticket Pricing

Children 2 & underFreeFreeFreeFreeFree
Children 12 & under½ price
grandstand
½ price
grandstand
½ price
grandstand
$5.00
grandstand
½ price
grandstand
Military
(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, July 11, 2019 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 sally@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.

Events

Events

2019 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! American Freestyle Bullfighting is back and better than ever, taking place at the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and night performances, with the finals taking place at the Saturday matinee.

And there’s no better way to kick off Rodeo season than with the 79th Annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade! Taking place on July 9, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Colorado Springs (on Tejon, from St. Vrain to Vermijo), this beloved Western cultural event is FREE to watch and fun for the whole family. Money raised by parade entries and the parade program goes directly toward assisting our local military and their families.

Interested in participating in the Parade? Check out the following links:

Click here to download the Parade registration form and Parade staging rules and regulations

Rodeo Dates: July 10-13, 2019
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 March 4, 2019. Click the Tickets Page for more details. Parking is FREE!

More fun at the rodeo

Mutton Bustin'

Is your child 4-9 years of age and 50 pounds or less? Then bring 'em on down each performance of the Rodeo to try their luck at mutton bustin'!

Dates: July 10-13, 2019
Prelims: Starts at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday nights and 10 a.m. for the Saturday matinee
Finals: Takes place at each performance
Cost: $10 for Prelim rides, $10 to ride again in the Finals if selected. Bring the completed form and fees with you the day your child competes!
Contact: Mutton Bustin' Inquiries
Questions? Click here for Mutton Bustin' FAQs
Click here to download the 2019 registration and release form

Hank’s Marketplace

Join us for the First Annual Hank's Marketplace, a Western Shopping Extravaganza at the Norris Penrose Indoor Event Center! Stop by before the Rodeo to enjoy our brand new shopping experience, featuring unique clothing, jewelry, art and much more! You'll be sure to find something for everyone in the family.

Dates: July 10-13, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (7/10-7/12), 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (7/13)
Location: Norris-Penrose Event Center, Indoor Event Center
For more info: Visit the Hank's Marketplace Web site

ATTENTION VENDORS!
Interested in selling at Hank's Marketplace? Don't miss this great opportunity to get your wares in front of sellout crowds during the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.
Contact: vendors@hanksmarketplace.com

More Events

Colorado Springs Western Street Breakfast

Join us bright and early for the annual Colorado Springs Western Street Breakfast and the official send-off for the Pikes Peak Range Riders' annual ride! Enjoy breakfast prepared and served by active duty military volunteers (kids under 5 eat for FREE!), the Lil' Cowboys and Cowgirls Round-Up, petting zoo, live music and more!

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: 5:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Location: Downtown Colorado Springs
Cost: $5 per plate (includes pancakes, eggs, milk, coffee and juice), children 5 and under eat free
For more information: Visit the Web site
Or click here to download the Save the Date

Lil' Cowboys & Cowgirls Round Up

Calling all cowboys and cowgirls ages 3-10! Put on your western gear and accessories and come down to the Street Breakfast to see who wins the prize, and an opportunity to ride on the Western Heritage Spirit Float in the PPoBR Parade! Participants must register to join in the fun!

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 (at the Street Breakfast)
Time: Check in time is from 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Age Groups: Girls Ages 3-6, Boys Ages 3-6, Girls Ages 7-10 and Boys Ages 7-10
Click here to download the Registration Form

Hank's Marketplace

NEW FOR 2019—Join us for a Western Shopping Extravaganza at the Norris Penrose Indoor Event Center! Browse a wide variety of vendor booths for the freshest and finest in Western apparel, food and drink, collectibles and much more.

Dates: July 10-13, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (7/10-7/12), 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (7/13)
Location: Norris-Penrose Event Center, Indoor Event Center
For more info or to apply for a booth:
Visit the Hank's Marketplace site

2019 Western Spirit Coloring Contest

Calling all budding artists—grab your crayons, paints or pencils and give it your best shot! Winners in each age group receive a prize pack including Rodeo tickets and more!

Age Groups: 5 years and younger; 6-8 years; 9-11 years
Entry deadline: April 19, 2019

Click here to download the entry form and coloring page

Live Music at the Coors Roadhouse Saloon

The fun continues after the Rodeo at the Coors Roadhouse Saloon! Enjoy some ice-cold Coors and tap your toes to these bands:

The Country Music Project
Performing Wednesday, July 10

Latigo
Performing Thursday, July 11

Exit West
Performing Friday, July 12

Jeffrey Alan Band
Performing Saturday, July 13

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

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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

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 79th 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. And be sure to catch BFO Freestyle Bullfighting—back at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo for the third year in a row—with competitions Wednesday, Thursday and Friday ONLY.

Our local military are honored at each performance—Fort Carson, Wednesday evening, Missile Defense & First Responders, Thursday evening, Air Force Space Command, 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.

Bullfighters Only (BFO) Freestyle Bullfighting

The best freestyle bullfighters in the business are going head to head at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo! Three of the sport's finest are set to compete at the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night performances ONLY—don't miss it! Learn more about this exciting sport here. Stay tuned to find out who's competing at this year's event.

Robbie Hodges—Barrel Man

“Rockin’” Robbie Hodges has created an experience unlike any other for rodeo fans, using his quick wit and loveable personality to reach crowds on a personal level. His off the cuff, hilarious banter has delighted fans nationwide since 2004. His secret? He’s genuine and flat-out loves entertaining people, especially kids.

Robbie also brings serious skills that has him acclaimed as one of the best barrelmen in the country. While some barrelmen use their barrel as a prop, Robbie actually moves his barrel and becomes part of the protection team. Stock contractors, announcers and especially contestants attest that Robbie is the most exciting, quick witted, and safest man to have in your arena.

Above all, how do you know he loves his job? Listen for his own laughter in the arena, it’s contagious. We can’t wait to see what Robbie has in store for us for our 79th PPOBR!!

Jessica Blair Fowlkes

Jessica Blair Fowlkes is currently one of the most sought after performers in the equine and rodeo industry. She began her career performing for over a million people a year at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede—since then, Jessica has traveled around the U.S. performing in some of the largest rodeos and equine events in the country. Always striving to be fast and flashy, Jessica loves bringing smiles to the faces of adults and children alike with her thrilling displays of horsemanship. Be sure to stick around to watch Jessica bring our Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday Matinee performances to a patriotic close!

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.com for more information.

Rodeo Contestants

You’ll see some of the top performers in the sport at the 79th 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—plus BFO American Freestyle Bullfighting (Wed., Thurs. and Fri. performances only).

New to our competition format? Check out the event flow diagram here:
Download the diagram

This year's WPRA Barrel Racing Qualifiers are set for Sunday, June 30 at 10:00 am, at Norris-Penrose Event Center. For more about women’s barrel racing, check out WPRA

Women's Professional Rodeo Association

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

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:

Kayla SummersKayla Summers2019 Girl of the West

Girl of the West, Kayla Summers, is the 20-year-old daughter of Brian and Suzanne Summers. From team roping and 4-H horse shows to Captain of the Pikes Peak Rangerette Drill Team and representing El Paso County as Fair Queen, Kayla has spent many days in the saddle living by the Code of the West.

Kayla is currently a senior at the University of Northern Colorado where she will receive her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences while maintaining her Emergency Medical Technician license. She plans to go to Paramedic School followed by Medical School to fulfill her passion for helping others as a trauma doctor in the Emergency Room.

As a Colorado Springs native and five-year Rangerette, Kayla has developed a strong sense of service towards her community, more specifically towards our local military and their families. Kayla is honored to continue her involvement with the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo as the 2019 Girl of the West.

Kayla rides a seven-year old, solid-bred Paint Horse named Abigail.

Makayla CarricoMakayla Carrico2019 Aide to Girl of the West

2019 Aide to Girl of the West, Makayla Carrico is the 18-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 is a recent graduate of Woodland Park High School and is currently enrolled at Lamar Community College.

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.

Makayla rides a palomino gelding named G-man.

GOTW images above © 2019 Waldrons Family Studio; Hats by Greeley Hat Works; Buckles by Clint Mortenson Silver and Saddles

Download Aide to Girl of the West Application

Download 2019 Girl of the West Clinic registration form

More About the Program Past Girls of the West

Schedule

The Girls of the West will be making appearances all over the Pikes Peak region to promote the 79th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Check back often for the latest updates to our schedule!

June 17 | 11:00 a.m.
Peterson Air Force Base Exchange

June 18 | 7:25 a.m.
Interview with KRDO News Radio 105.5 FM/1240 AM/92.5 FM

June 18 | 10:30 a.m.
Fort Carson Newcomers Brief at the Hub

June 18 | 1:00 p.m.
World Class Athlete Program Tour at Fort Carson

June 18 | 3:00 p.m.
Visit to Wellness Center at Fort Carson

June 18 | 5:30 p.m.
Interview with KRDO News Radio 105.5 FM/1240 AM/92.5 FM

June 19 | 5:15 a.m.
Street Breakfast in Downtown Colorado Springs

June 19 | 9:45 a.m.
Community Information Exchange at Fort Carson

June 19 | 11:45 a.m.
Kiwanis Club of Colorado Springs Meeting at Panino's

June 19 | 1:30 p.m.
Mission Command Training Branch Tour at Fort Carson

June 19 | 5:00 p.m.
Retreat Ceremony at 4ID Headquarters Flagpole

June 20 | 11:30 a.m.
Fort Carson Post Exchange

June 21 | 6:00 a.m.
Flyover Range Riders Camp

June 21 | 11:00 a.m.
Basic Leaders Course Graduation at Fort Carson

June 21 | 12:30 p.m.
Sports Day Competitions at Peterson AFB

June 22 | 11:30 a.m.
Cripple Creek Donkey Derby Days Parade

June 23 | 5:30 p.m.
Pikes Peak Range Riders After-Ride Dinner

June 25 | 10:30 a.m.
Fort Carson Newcomers Brief at the Hub

June 25 | 1:00 p.m.
Office Call with Col. Edwards, Commander Evans Hospital

June 25 | 1:30 p.m.
Tour of Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson

June 25 | 5:15 p.m.
Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Ramrod Meeting

June 27 | 10:00 a.m.
Combatives Tournament at Fort Carson

June 27 | 12:00 p.m.
Pikes Peak Club Meeting at MacKenzie's Chop House

June 27 | 6:00 p.m.
Academy Optimists Club Meeting at East Library

June 28 | 11:45 a.m.
Downtown Rotary Club Meeting at Antlers

June 28 | 2:00 p.m.
Final Friday at Peterson Air Force Base

June 28 | 5:00 p.m.
Pikes Peak Hill Climb Fanfest

June 29 | 9:00 a.m.
Pikes Peak Special Rodeo

June 29 | 6:00 p.m.
Cowboy Up in Kiowa Rodeo Performance

June 30 | 10:00 a.m.
WPRA Qualifier for Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo

July 1 | 9:30 a.m.
Visit to the United States Air Force Academy

July 2 | 10:30 a.m.
Fort Carson Newcomers Brief at the Hub

July 4 | 9:00 a.m.
Fourth of July Parade in Monument

July 4 | 11:00 a.m.
Monument Street Festival

July 6 | 9:30 a.m.
Military Appreciation Tailgate at Denver Polo Club

July 7 | 6:00 p.m.
PPoB Rodeo Opening Ceremony Rehearsal

July 8 | 6:00 p.m.
PPoB Rodeo Opening Ceremony Rehearsal

July 8 | 9:30 a.m.
Pre-Tape 11 Connects Segments on KKTV 11 News for July 10

July 8 | 12:15 p.m.
East Side Rotary Meeting at Patty Jewett Golf Club

July 9 | 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Parade Dessert Reception at US Bank

July 9 | 6:00 p.m.
Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade

July 9 | 8:00 p.m.
PPoB Rodeo Opening Ceremony Rehearsal

July 9 | 3:00 p.m.
Hank's Marketplace

July 10 | 4:00 p.m.
Fan Zone

July 10 | 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Production Meeting

July 10 | 5:30 p.m.
VIP Room at NPEC

July 10 | 7:00 p.m.
First Performance of PPoB Rodeo

July 10 | 9:00 p.m.
Sign Autographs

July 11 | 3:00 p.m.
Hank's Marketplace

July 11 | 4:00 p.m.
Fan Zone

July 11 | 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Production Meeting

July 11 | 5:30 p.m.
VIP Room at NPEC

July 11 | 7:00 p.m.
Second Performance of PPoB Rodeo

July 11 | 9:00 p.m.
Sign Autographs

July 12 | 8:00 a.m.
2020 Aide Competition at NPEC

July 12 | 11:30 a.m.
Past GOTW Luncheon & Aide Speeches at NPEC

July 12 | 3:00 p.m.
Hank's Marketplace

July 12 | 4:00 p.m.
Fan Zone

July 12 | 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Production Meeting

July 12 | 5:30 p.m.
VIP Room at NPEC

July 12 | 7:00 p.m.
Third Performance of PPoB Rodeo

July 12 | 9:00 p.m.
Sign Autographs

July 13 | 10:30 a.m.
Pre-Production Meeting

July 13 | 11:00 a.m.
VIP Room at NPEC

July 13 | 12:30 p.m.
Fourth Performance of PPoB Rodeo

July 13 | 2:30 p.m.
Sign Autographs

July 13 | 4:00 p.m.
Hank's Marketplace

July 13 | 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Production Meeting

July 13 | 5:30 p.m.
VIP Room at NPEC

July 13 | 7:00 p.m.
Fifth Performance of PPoB Rodeo

July 13 | 9:15 p.m.
Sign Autographs

July 13 | 10:15 p.m.
Celebrate in Coors Roadhouse Saloon

Sponsors

Sponsors

The 79th 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.

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

History

History

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 itsmered@gmail.com.

Click here to download the 2019 vendor manual and contract

Hank's Marketplace Vendors: If you're interested in selling your wares at Hank's Marketplace during the PPoBR, please contact vendors@hanksmarketplace.com.

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!
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General Ticketing Inquiries: Please contact sally@norrispenrose.com.

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

Mutton Bustin’: Mutton bustin’ prelims are great to watch. If your future bull rider/barrel racer/roper wants to try out, they must be between the ages of 4-9 and 50 lbs or less. Learn more about the event, download the sign-up form and reach out with questions on our Events page.

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 contact don.kidd@comcast.net.

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