* Thank you to Cody Griebel and George Hendrix for providing these previously unseen shots of our rodeo kids.*
“Kids don’t have to be raised a ranch or rodeo kid. No matter their backgrounds they can participate and find that joy of the sport of rodeo. Most of all they participate together with abandonment and just have a few seconds of sheer fun and hear the cheers of the crowd or get high-five from the rodeo clown for a job well done,”
– Ginny Harrington of Carbondale (rodeo volunteer, ranch wife, grandmother, horse lover)
Get dirty! Rodeo Royalty assist kids 3-10 years old in warm-up exercises before the race. Arena push ups are just the beginning. Excited kids chase a group of calves around the arena to snatch ribbons from their tails. Parents or guardians must sign a release form by 5:30 p.m. on the day of the rodeo.
Contestants try to hang on to the sheep for as long as they can. Helmets and vests provided. Register through the call-in line (970-923-9270) on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm. Check further rules online.
CHEER and EAT
4-H, The Boy Scouts, Slow Groovin’. BBQ, Senior Matters and other locals sell kid-friendly food. Or bring a picnic and enjoy the sunset.
Not to Miss
July 12, 19, 26 + August 2: TIME TO RIDE
Hosted by Alpine Animal Hospital. There will be horseback rides for kids in a special pen, lessons on horse care and more.
July 12: Whiplash The Cowboy Whiplash is a Capuchin Monkey who entertains fans riding his Border Collie friend around the arena.
July 5th, 19th & Aug 9th: Funny man/Rodeo clown
Young and old will be sure to enjoy Joe’s rodeo antics and will gasp and cheer as bulls ram the barrel he takes shelter in during the bull riding.
The Rodeo Runs Every Thursday June 7 – August 23
Gates Open 5:30pm
Slack is at 6:00pm
Grand Entry at 7:30pm
Gus Darien Riding Arena
County Road 100 (Catherine Store Road)
Carbondale, CO 81623