The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) announces the exciting Douglas County (Colorado) Fair and Rodeo 2017 that will be held at the Medved Autoplex on August 4 through 6. This family traditional event Douglas County Rodeo and Douglas County Fair features three PRCA Rodeos, two entertainment stages, a carnival with thrill rides and kiddie rides, Mutton Bustin’ where participants attempt to take a wooly ride on a lamb, award-winning animal athletes, a Pancake Breakfast, and much more. Also included in this Douglas County Fair are FFA and 4-H exhibits that include livestock, the Jr. Livestock Sale, and general projects.
Thursday, August 3, 7:00 pm
Referred to as a rodeo’s most dangerous event, this showcases hard-hitting competition between top bull riders and some of the rankest bulls on the PRCA tour.
Saturday, August 5 – 7:00 p.m.
This will honor veterans and military men and women. Show a military ID (active or retired) to receive one free Rodeo Admission. Wear red, white and blue to show support!
Cowboys for Cops
Sunday, August 6
This recognizes the Parker Police Department, Castle Rock Police, Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, and the Colorado State Patrol and the funds they raise for fallen officers.
Women’s Barrel Racing
Sunday, August 6 – 1:00 p.m.
The time begins as the horse crosses the starting line. After running around three upright barrels, back at the starting line stops the clock.
Sunday, August 6 – 1:00 p.m.
Celebrating the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Class of 2017, for the first time in its history, Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) members are among the inductees.
At every PRCA Rodeo and at this Douglas County Rodeo and Douglas County Fair, you will see these events:Bareback Riding
Both the bucking horse and the rider are judged in this eight-second single-handhold ride. The rider earns points while maintaining upper body control and moving his feet in a rhythmic motion in time with the bucking action of the horse.
The cowboy leans from a running horse onto the back of a 600-pound steer, catches it behind the horns, stops the forward momentum of the steer, and wrestles it to the ground. All four of the steer’s legs have to point in the same direction.
Saddle Bronc Riding
Judged in a way similar to bareback riding, additional reasons to be disqualified are dropping the rein that is attached to the horse’s halter or losing a stirrup. Saddle broncs are heavier than bareback horses by hundreds of pounds and buck in a slower manner.
Tie Down Roping
After roping a calf, the rider dismounts and runs to the calf. While the calf is on the ground, the rider ties its three legs together.
This is the only rodeo event featuring two contestants. The horns are roped by the header, who wraps his rope around the saddle horn to turn the steer for the other cowboy to rope the heels. The heeler throws a loop to try to catch both hind legs of the steer. The clock stops when both ropers have made the proper catch and brought the animal to a stop and face each other.
The rider has to place a rope around a bull weighing close to 2,000 pounds. The rope is placed behind the bull’s shoulders, is looped through itself, with the rider wrapping the rope around his riding hand while being held in place with just his grip. The rider relies on leg strength and balance to make the eight-second buzzer.
Covering the Douglas County Rodeo and Fair will be Earnhardt Auto Centers, Papa John’s Road Team, Ak-Chin Indian Community, and Cowboy Lifestyle Network, the latter being the leading community and online source for everything Country and Western. You can visit their website: https://cowboylifestylenetwork.com if you would like more information.
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