The sport of rodeo is generally consists of events that usually involves horses and other livestock. This sporting event is basically designed for testing the skill and speed of cowboy and cowgirl athletes. Today, rodeo sport is very popular in the Canadian province of Alberta and the western parts of United States. However, rodeo is the official state sport of Wyoming and Texas. Professional rodeo generally consist of the events like tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing.
The professional sports rodeo events are generally categories into the rough stock events and the timed events. However, some of the sporting events like breakaway roping, goat tying or pole bending may also be a part of some rodeos. But it usually depends on the sanctioning organizations and associations. In North America, professional rodeo is governed and sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and the women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA). The PRCA was founded in the year 1936 and this association sanctions rodeo venues and events through the PRCA Circuit System. Its championship event is the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Its headquartered is located in Colorado Springs, CO.
There are also rodeo associations in North America that govern and oversee children's, high school, collegiate, and senior rodeos. Certain associations for Native Americans and minority groups also exist. However, the traditional season for sport rodeo competition generally runs from spring through fall. The traditional peak time for the largest number of rodeos is the last week of July month. The modern professional rodeo circuit runs longer, and concludes with the PRCA National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is now held in the month of December.
The high school rodeos are generally sponsored and governed by the National high School Rodeo Association. Most of the colleges especially the land grant colleges usaully have rodeo teams However, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association generally sponsors the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) held each June in Casper. There are also other rodeo associations in United States which include the American Junior Rodeo Association (AJRA) for contestants under twenty years of age; National Little Britches Rodeo Association (NLBRA), for youths ages eight to eighteen; Senior Pro Rodeo (SPR), for people forty years old or over; and the International Gay Rodeo Association. However, each organization has its own regulations and its own method of determining champions.