• Bare Back Riding Bare Back Riding
  • Calf Roping Calf Roping
  • Bull Dogging Bull Dogging
  • Ladies Steer Undecorating Ladies Steer Undecorating
  • Ladies Barrel Racing Ladies Barrel Racing
  • Bare Back Riding
  • Calf Roping
  • Bull Dogging
  • Ladies Steer Undecorating
  • Ladies Barrel Racing
  • Bare Back Riding

    It's an exciting eight second joust between man and horse, nothing quite equals the classic pose of horse and rider pitched high in the air, six legs off the ground.

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  • Calf Roping

    A race against the stop watch, Calf Ropin' is one of the most popular of rodeo events. It's an event of perfect coordination between the rider and horse.

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  • Bull Dogging

    If riding on the back of an ill-tempered bull isn't enough, there's always "doggin" a steer! Most steers used in this event weigh between 650 and 700 pounds...

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  • Ladies Steer Undecorating

    This cowgirl event consists of two participants, the contender and the hazer. Similar to steer wrestlin' the hazer is responsible for keeping the steer running on a straight course.

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  • Mutton Busting Mutton Busting
  • Bull Riding Bull Riding
  • Mutton Busting
  • Bull Riding
  • Mutton Busting

    Mutton busting is an event held at rodeos similar to bull riding or bronc riding, in which children ride or race sheep. The sport is about as simple as it is obscure:

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  • Bull Riding

    For excitement and the ultimate danger in rodeo, there is nothing to match bull riding. With the bull weighing nearly a ton and with surprising agility, bucking bulls generally are very bad tempered.

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Just the facts....

"In 1905, Pickett joined the Wild West Show
that featured Buffalo Bill and Will Rogers
where he was dubbed the "Dusty Demon..“

A Black cowboy named Bill Pickett was discovered, while working on a cattle ranch, where he created “bulldogging”. (Bulldogging is when a cowboy, riding his horse at full gallop, leaps onto the back of a steer and wrestles him down by his horns.) Since then, “Bulldogging” has become one of the most common rodeo events in all major rodeos.

The “Cowboy Mystique” has a strong influence in all of our lives, beginning from childhood and continuing throughout adulthood. Rodeos exemplify this influence as an important part of the American culture. Black cowboys have always been an integral part of the history of the American West from the earliest rodeos to the present.

To the delight of thrilled audiences and rodeo fans, some of the nation’s most skilled and entertaining Black cowboys and cowgirls will continue to ride into cities across the country to compete in the nation’s only touring Black rodeo competition, the thrilling Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (BPIR).

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.’

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William "Bill" Pickett

Bull Dogging Concept

Bull Dogging Concept

Bill Pickett Statue

Bill Pickett Statue

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