• The Begining - 1984

    The Begining - 1984

  • Early Years

    Early Years

    Looking back into the past!
  • The Early Years!

    The Early Years!

    Lu Vason and our dedicated local coordinators.
  • 2015 Ladies Steer Undecorating Champion Kanesha Jackson

  • Cowboys 1 || Bulls 6

  • MLK Jr. Rodeo
    Stage Coach in Denver

  • Colorado Cowboy - Maurice Wade

  • MLK Rodeo Mutton Busters!

  • Getting ready to Rodeo!

  • Lu Vason. Founder and Producer

    Lu Vason.
    Founder and Producer

    Celebration of Lu Vason's Life
    Lu, a man with a vision, passion and determination. A man that was a father, friend and mentor to many. Lu, a leader, an innovator, a visionary and historian. Cowboy, you fought your best fight and now your entry fees have been paid in full. Rest well Lu, until we all meet again!
  • Enjoying the day

    Enjoying the

    Just relaxing and chilling between shows
  • Lu and Valeria Vason

    Lu and Valeria

    Keeping the "Vision" steadfast!
  • Last Train Home

  • 3 generations of  Black Cowboy & Cowgirls

    3 generations of
    Black Cowboy & Cowgirls

    Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo welcomes our 3rd Generation of Cowboys and Cowgirls!

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About our Rodeo

Celebrating our
32nd Anniversary!

To the delight of thrilled audiences and rodeo fans, some of the nation’s most skilled and entertaining Black cowboys and cowgirls will ride into your city to compete in the nation’s only touring Black rodeo competition—the thrilling Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (BPIR). Celebrating its 32nd year.

BPIR will proudly showcase its athletes performing and competing in this year’s 2016 32nd BPIR Anniversary Rodeo Tour. In each city, dust will fly as spectators cheer for their favorite competitors during thrilling Calf Ropin’, exhilarating Bareback Ridin’, Bull Doggin, Ladies Barrel Racin’, Junior Barrel Racin’, Ladies Steer Undercoatin’, and gripping Bull Ridin.’



Rodeo Events

  • Bare Back Riding


  • Calf Roping


  • Bull Dogging


  • Barrel Racing


  • Ladies Steer Undercorating


  • Bull Riding


  • Mutton Busting


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