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, 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:

Wednesday, July 14, 2021—Fort Carson Night
Sponsored by Northwestern Mutual

Thursday, July 15, 2021—Missile Defense & First Responders Night
Sponsored by UCHealth

Friday, July 16, 2021—Space Night
Sponsored by The Boeing Company

Saturday Matinee, July 17, 2021—Honoring the U.S. Air Force Academy
Sponsored by USAA

Saturday Evening, July 17, 2021—NORAD/USNORTHCOM Night
Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

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.

Specialty Act

The Payne family animal acts are a much-loved rodeo tradition. Watch animal trainer extraordinaire, John Payne and his amazing act with mustangs and a zebra!

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

Coors Roadhouse Saloon

Join us for live music, dancing and ice-cold Coors after each nightly performance—and best of all, no cover charge! Check out the following bands:

Woodland Park
Wednesday (7/14) and Thursday (7/15) Nights

Exit West
Friday Night (7/16)

Jeffrey Alan Band
Saturday Night (7/17)