Bucking off its 78th year – 12th under husband and wife stock contractors/producers Maury along with Nikki Tate, the “world famous” Cody Nite Rodeo begins here on this Wednesday evening at Stampede Park, where a new Ring of Honor is being put up to recognize past participants who ultimately became PRCA champs.
Essentially three consecutive months of action resumes between national as well as international amateur cowboys aside from cowgirls beside their specific animal-athletes over the longest-running nightly rodeo in this country among the “Rodeo Capital of the World” June through August, capped by the annual CNR Finals. Events include: bareback riding, tie-down roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, junior steer riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, junior barrels, plus bull riding. The 2016 ledger is highlighted with another Big Horn Radio Network/Park County Night for this opening Saturday of the campaign when there's a cheaper admission price, and a bullfighting as well as clown school the 19-21 come later this original month – after which those folks can go into the arena during actual competition.
Professionally: this year's local season also features the 10th annual Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls tour stop June 30, when about 40 of this planet's top bull riders will vie for their share of tens of thousands of dollars (it reportedly even has a special bullfighters-only showdown); the 97th year concerning the Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede across July 1-4 as several hundred pros try for hundreds of thousands of bucks; then the return of the Wrangler Champions Challenge regarding August 14 with apparently 88 cowpokes around 11 teams competing for $125,000.