It’s only January, but Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Board members and volunteers are already diligently working on the planning and preparation for the 74th annual extravaganza which will take place July 9-12, 2014 at the picturesque Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. In addition to raising funds for local military and their families, the Board has another priority for the first-ever ‘open format’ rodeo—Its contestants.
Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo President Gary Markle announced today the Rodeo will add Team Roping to the lineup of competition events. “We are excited about this new format and the opportunity it brings to showcase the great cowboys and cowgirls that compete in the sport, and it is important to us to include all seven events in our production,” says Markle. He adds “Team Roping is part of the great tradition of rodeo, and we want to honor that.”
The 2014 event will adopt a progressive style of competition being widely embraced by rodeo sports fans nationwide. “You’ll see some of the world’s top cowboys and cowgirls at our event, and you’ll get the chance to meet them,” said Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Production Manager Dan Oakleaf. He goes on to add “They are the stars of our show, and this completes the experience for our fans.” Contestants from each of the seven events will be signing autographs nightly following the rodeo, a feature not possible in previous years.
This event attracts fans from neighboring communities in Colorado, the remaining 49 states and beyond, and boasts sell-out crowds at most performances. The Rodeo has been supporting local military and their families since 1946, a continuation of the Rodeo’s legacy started in 1938 by Spencer Penrose. It is also a celebration of our community’s Western heritage.