American Paydirt

The American

Underdogs steal the show at The American, the world’s richest one-day rodeo.

Bodacious

One of the most famous, and feared, bucking bulls of all time.

Breakaway Win

Breakaway Win

Amber Crawford takes the first Western Horseman Invitational Women’s Breakaway Roping.

Dance in the Dirt

For more than 100 years, the rough-and-tumble nature of rodeo has been the sport's biggest draw. In addition to offering traditional events, such as bareback riding, barrel racing, team roping and steer wrestling, many rodeos also offer unique events like wild cow milking. I shot this image in the arena with my wide angle lens. It's one thing to watch an event from the safety of the stands, but it gives you an entirely different sensation in your gut when you're at ground zero and a wild cow comes running at you with that certain look in her eye. Fortunately she turned right before I shot this.For more than 100 years, the rough-and-tumble nature of rodeo has been the sport's biggest draw. In addition to offering traditional events, such as bareback riding, barrel racing, team roping and steer wrestling, many rodeos also offer unique events like wild cow milking. I shot this image in the arena with my wide angle lens. It's one thing to watch an event from the safety of the stands, but it gives you an entirely different sensation in your gut when you're at ground zero and a wild cow comes running at you with that certain look in her eye. Fortunately she turned right before I shot this.

Help or Hindrance

Dena Kirkpatrick

Barrel horse trainer Dena Kirkpatrick says staying as centered as possible on a horse, whether loping circles or running a pattern, helps that horse perform to its optimum level.

The Bulldogger

Five-time Steer Wrestling World Champion Luke Branquinho has made a career out of tackling steers down to the dirt but it’s his love of ranching and tradition that defines him as a cowboy.

The First National Finals Rodeo

Rodeo's top cowboys and bucking stock who contested at the first National Finals Rodeo held in Dallas, TX, December 1959.

The Payoff


The story behind Phillip J. Shurden's horse, "Buddy" and their big win at the 2014 World Series of Team Roping.

Western Horseman Rodeo Event Guide

If you love rodeo, you’ve come to the right place. From Cheyenne Frontier Days to the WRCA 21st World Championship Ranch Rodeo, we’ve got your rodeo event covered. You can download the Western Horseman Rodeo Event Guide and plan your next big road trip!

Where the West Still Lives

Where the West Still Lives

by Katie Frank

With each brushstroke, the Western murals in the tiny town of Toppenish transform the streets to a better place.