The main attractions at the 77th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo are the amazing athletes who come to compete. There are seven events that include bareback riding, 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. American Freestyle Bullfighting is a new event for this year and fans can enjoy this action-packed event at the Wednesday and Thursday evening performances ONLY.
Our local military are honored at each performance — Fort Carson, Wednesday evening, Missile Defense & First Responders (NEW!), Thursday evening, Air Force Space Command, Friday evening, Air Force Academy, Saturday matinee, and NORAD/NORTHCOM, Saturday evening.
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 Animals in Rodeo
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.
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 20 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 25 of the last 26 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.
Harry Vold Rodeo Company
The Harry Vold Rodeo Company, now 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. The Harry Vold Rodeo Company was started over 40 years ago.
Chuck Swisher — Bull Fighter
Chuck Swisher hails from Dover, Oklahoma and has been fighting bulls for nine 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.
American Freestyle Bullfighters
Elite bullfighters will be competing in our NEW bonus event, American Freestyle Bullfighting on Wednesday and Thursday night. Two top contenders will go head-to-head for the cash prize—you don’t want to miss this! Learn more about this exciting sport here.
Hometown: Haskell, TX
– 2017 BFO Claresholm Champion
– 2016 BFO Reno Champion
– 2016 Roughy Cup Champion
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Hometown: Jonesboro, AR
– 2015 California Rodeo Salinas Champion
– 2012 Benny Binion Bucking Stock Champion
– 2012 World Champion Freestyle Bullfighter
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Hometown: Texarkana, TX
– 2016 Helldorado Days Champion
– 2015 NFR Protection Match Champion
– 3x UPRA Bullfighter of the Year
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Rodeo clown Justin Rumford
Justin Rumford grew up on the rodeo road. “That’s the only thing I can remember is rodeoing.” His family has been in the stock contracting business since the 1950s and Justin, along with his sister Haley and brother Ty grew up in the trailer. All three have continued their careers in rodeo.
He competed in saddle bronc and steer wrestling and fought bulls in high school, making the high school finals three out of four years. He went on to college at Northwestern Oklahoma State where he made the College Finals in both events three years (2001-2004), and one year in the bulldogging. He graduated with an Ag Business degree and kept on rodeoing.
Today, Rumford is one of the funniest guys in the business. This professional rodeo clown works 130 performances a year but Justin makes it look more like fun than work. Rump spends a lot of time talking to people off the mic while the events are going on. “You get to know your crowd and you can gauge what you’re going to do. Rodeo comedy is not a one size fits all, everything has to be tailored.”
We can’t wait to see what Justin has in store for us for our 77th PPOBR!!
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.