Ak-Chin Indian Community Masik Tas Rodeo to thrill fans, competitors
Rodeo fans: Don’t miss the exciting events during the Ak-Chin Indian Community Masik Tas Celebration! The rodeo competition happens Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16.
The All Indian Jr. Rodeo hosts events for the youngest rodeo aficionados. These include stick horse barrels and stick horse racing for the Buckaroo division ages 5 and under, with older kids competing in barrel racing and ribbon roping. The Junior and Senior divisions also participate in team roping and steer riding, while the older kids, ages 14 to 17, compete in bull riding. The Junior Rodeo starts at 9:00 a.m. Entry is available from 7:00–8:30 a.m. as walk-up only with no pre-registration. Enter your own kids or enjoy watching other kids in this fun competition!
For the rest of the weekend, the adults can compete. Come back that evening for the Bull Bash and Wild Horse Race starting at 6:00 p.m. Open bull riding will be available to 30 entrants with a $100 entry fee each. Novice bull riding will be open to 10 entrants with a $60 entry.
The first-place Novice winner receives a buckle, and the reserve champion nets a jacket. In the Open category, the champion receives a saddle, with the reserve champion netting a buckle and the third-place rider earning a jacket. The Wild Horse Race showcases additional talent, thrills, and competition, with a $300 entry fee.
Bull Riding and Wild Horse Racing entry happens Saturday, December 15, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. For event information, call Delbert White, 520-414-5515, or Gabe Lopez, 520-858-4215.
All rodeo events take place at the Ak-Chin Circle Arena near the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center. This rodeo is part of the Masik Tas Celebration, which commemorates the formal recognition of the Ak-Chin Indian Community. Events run over several days and include a carnival and entertainment, all open to the public. Learn more about the Ak-Chin Indian Community during the Masik Tas celebration!