Friday night I attended my first Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Some of you may ask why after being in the Springs for four years is this your first rodeo? Well, I don’t have a good answer for you, but I guarantee I will be making this a family tradition in future years.

The community support for our military brethren in my opinion could be the best of any city in the world, and some of the military leadership have expressed a similar opinion. Proceeds from the rodeo goes to assist local military charities.

This year’s rodeo set attendance records with more than 5,500 attending Saturday night. Every night the rodeo surpassed 2006 attendance numbers. The rodeo has raised more than $1.5 million since 1937 for local military charities.

I still need to go to Lorig’s Western Wear and get “cowboyed up” with the hat, the wranglers and boots that aren’t too pointy. You can read about my western wear debacle from the Pikes Peak Posse trip by clicking here.

The rodeo is just one more reason I am proud to call Colorado Springs home. Kudos to Bill Tutt and all the volunteers that make the rodeo happen. It is no small undertaking.


  1. As a Colorado Springs business owner I’m glad to see that you have a blog so that you can get instant feedback from your readers.

    An obvious question: Given that you so enjoyed the rodeo, why did the business journal completely ignore the Ride for the Brand Ranch Rodeo that was held last weekend here is Colorado Springs. The Friday morning fifth annual kick-off running of the long horn steers down Tehon Street, and in front of your office, has become a Colorado Springs tradition and great fun was had by all including the business community sponsors.

    The actual Ranch Rodeo attendance was apparently larger than the Rodeo you attended this past weekend because it wasn’t just another tacky carnival atmosphere with overprices goods. The Ranch Rodeo celebrates real cowboy skills and a Western lifestyle that has been an important part of the surrounding Colorado Springs community for over a hundred and fifty years. The BJ obvious absence of coverage was noticed by many.


  2. We didn’t ignore the ranch rodeo. Most all of our staff were on Tejon street cheering the cowboys on.

    Does the ranch rodeo support local charities?

    The Pikes Peak or Bust rodeo reached out to us asking for support. We have never talked to anyone from the Ranch Rodeo.

    We sponsored the 100 medals for non commissioned officers ceremony put on by the interquest rotary that was held at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.

  3. As a faithful subscriber and potential advertiser, I like knowing that you didn’t overlook such a great event for a good cause, even though this was the fifth year the Ranch Rodeo has attracted a huge audience, as well as meaningful support from many of your subscribers and some of your advertisers.

    I might tactfully mention that the Gazette and, if memory serves, the Independent, covered the event, as did the local TV stations.

    The Ranch Rodeo was started to showcase the amazing talents of real working cowboys, as opposed to those who follow the Rodeo circuit. The annual event includes dangerous jobs that real cowboys do every day, so make this Rodeo an annual educational event for your family and friends. as well.

    It includes cowboys from Colorado and other Western state ranches and it’s also supported by the local Norris Ranch, for which the Norris Penrose Arena was apparently named.

    The senior Norris cowboy’s manners would give the ‘Newport of the Rockies’ focused crowd a goal to work toward, as would the manners of most of the real cowboys involved in the event.

    The proceeds are used to support the Working Ranch Cowboy Association (WRCA) scholarship fund, as well as a frequently needed crisis fund for disabled or disembodied hard working cowboys and their families.

    Its goal is also to help preserve the endangered lifestyle of the working ranch cowboy who plays an important and under-recognized role in our national, state and local economy.

    Colorado Springs, including the business community, likes to celebrate its colorful history, and the past and present jobs that make this such a great place to live and do business.

    I will let the organizers know that your lack of coverage was not intentional, just an oversight that you will correct next year.

    Keep up the good work!

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