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The Festa do Peao in Barretos, Brazil Rodeo Highlights 2015

Deep down in one of the biggest rodeo hot spots in the world, lies the incredible rodeo-filled Festa do Peao.

Arena in Barritos BrazilDeep down in one of the biggest rodeo hot spots in the world, lies the incredible rodeo-filled Festa do Peao. Taking place within Barretos, Brazil, the festival offers a huge celebration of cowboy culture that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Since 1956, cowboys and cowgirls can spend a rich, ten days living in everything rodeo from August 20th-30th. But it all started when a group of cattle ranchers named The Independents competed with each other’s herds in an annual event which now grows in size year in and year out. The Festa do Peao is now the second biggest rodeo in the world, and carries a heap of talent and prominence in its name.

Eugenio Jose Santos, Patrick O'Donnell, Esnar Ribeiro, Ronan Felipe

Eugenio Jose Santos, Patrick O’Donnell, Esnar Ribeiro, Ronan Felipe

There were plenty eye opening of events that took place at the Festa do Peao this year for cowboys and cowgirls to see, such as:

  • Barrel racing
  • Steer Wrestling
  • Team Penning
  • Bull Riding
  • Mutton Bustin
  • Barretos Rodeo
Eugenio Jose Santos, Jeff Harris, Patrick O'Donnell

Eugenio Jose Santos, Jeff Harris, Patrick O’Donnell

The amount of people attending this year’s rodeo was near one million from across the globe. A few of these included Cowboy Lifestyle Network, the Ak-Chin Indian Community, and Earnhardt Auto Centers Road Team who covered the massive festival.
Esnar Ribeiro, Jeff Harris, Patrick O'Donnell

Esnar Ribeiro, Jeff Harris, Patrick O’Donnell

Apart from the rodeo, there’s music to be found at the festival, with past performances involving Shania Twain and Billy Ray Cyrus.
This past August included Garth Brooks as the headliner for a fantastic show down in Barretos that drew in over 50,000 people.

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