Although you’ve likely heard of a rodeo before, you might not have visited one in person. Or for that matter, live in a state where the rodeo is woven into popular culture the way that it is in Texas, Kansas, Utah, Iowa or Colorado, just to name a few. So here at 3Doodler, we are bringing the rodeo to you with some fun facts, history, and Doodle ideas that’ll put you in the mood to rope a cow or a horse in no time!
When was the first rodeo?
The first official rodeo was in 1869 in Deer Trail, Colorado, when two groups of cowboys from neighboring ranches met to settle an argument over who was best at performing everyday cowboy tasks, including breaking wild horses, which is today’s bucking bronc riding event. Although this is said to be the first organized rodeo, many others claim that title for their own rodeos in other parts of the US, including Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1872; Winfield, Kansas, in 1882; and Pecos, Texas, in 1883.
What’s something about the rodeo you might not have known before now?
At its launch, the rodeo was a fairly non-discriminatory sport, open to Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, and women contestants in an era when racial and gender discrimination were commonplace. Women competed in many events at mixed-gender rodeos well into the 1930s. During this time, ladies often competed against men and often beat men at a variety of rodeo events.
Known by rodeo fans as the “Daddy of ’em All,” Cheyenne Frontier Days is the world’s largest outdoor rodeo.
In late February and into mid-March over 1.5 million people are attracted to Houston, Texas, the site of the world’s largest indoor rodeo.
Let’s Bring the Rodeo to You
So, if you can’t make it to a real rodeo this year, we thought it would be fun to bring the rodeo home to you. All you need is your 3Doodler 3D printing pen and some plastic to create a 3D cowboy of your own. When you’re finished, these creations make great additions to your kids’ action figure collection.