Calf roping participant in 2004
|Location(s)||Pendleton, Oregon, U.S.|
The Pendleton Round-Up is a major annual rodeo in the northwestern United States, at Pendleton in northeastern Oregon. Held at the Pendleton Round-Up Stadium during the second full week of September each year since 1910, the rodeo brings roughly 50,000 people every year to the city. The Pendleton Round-Up is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado, inducted the Pendleton Round-Up in 2008.
The Round-Up was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization 501(C) 4 July 29, 1910, as the "Northwestern Frontier Exhibition Association." The rodeo was primarily a creation of local ranchers led by Herman Rosenberg.
The Pendleton Round-Up has won the prestigious PRCA Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year award six times: 2003, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The first Pendleton Round-up was held in 1910, born of a "communistic" desire to establish a city park for Pendleton. It was an immediate success, and grew in scale dramatically in each of its first several years.
There are ten events in which cowboys (and girls in Barrel Racing) from all over the United States and Canada compete. The All-Around Cowboy is awarded to the competitor who wins the most amount of money in the required amount of events.
Every Round-Up week begins with the Dress Up Parade, on the Saturday before the rodeo, in which different groups throughout Eastern Oregon, including Boy and Girl Scouts, Pendleton High School Band, the Children's Rodeo, and many local businesses, build floats and compete for 1st place.
Friday of Round-Up week is the Westward Ho! parade, in which every entrant must be in a non-motorized vehicle, most of which are authentic covered wagons and horse-drawn buggies, though some choose to ride horseback or walk.
Wednesday is when both Round-Up and Happy Canyon begin.
The rodeo starts with an extreme run in on horseback of flag bearers; the Flag of the United States, the Flag of Oregon, the Flag of Canada, and the flag of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, then the Round-Up Queen and her court run in on their horses at full speed, make two jumps and stop just before the fence in front of the south grandstand.