Medved PRCA Rodeo
Medved Autoplex and the Douglas County Fair Board present a wild and exciting rodeo that features contestants from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Each performance will have Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie-down Roping, Team Roping and conclude with the Bull Riding. The rodeo will also host Barrel Racers from the Women’s Pro Rodeo Association. Come to the PRCA Rodeo and see the award winning horses and bulls perform and cheer on your favorite contestants. Daily contestant autograph sessions offered after each performance! At the Douglas County Fair, we spend quality time with our family in 8 second bursts.
Friday, August 9 – 7:30 p.m.
Patriot Rodeo: Join us as we honor our veterans and military men and women. Show your military ID (active or retired) and receive 1 free Rodeo Admission. Wear your Red, Show your support!
Saturday, August 10 – 6:30 p.m.
Join us as we honor long time Fair Board Director Bob Thomas.
Sunday, August 11 – 1:00 p.m.
Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo: Sunday we join the grassroot cowboy campaign to fight breast cancer. Wear your Pink and show everyone you are tough enough to take the Breast Cancer awareness challenge.
PRCA Events: At every PRCA Rodeo, you will see all of these events!
Bareback Riding — The event is judged according to the performances of both the rider and the bucking horse. It is a single-handhold, eight-second ride which starts with the cowboy’s feet held in a position over the break of the horse’s shoulders until the horse’s front feet touch the ground first jump out of the chute. The rider earns points maintaining upper body control while moving his feet in a toes-turned-out rhythmic motion in time with the horse’s bucking action.
Steer Wrestling — This event was originally called “bull dogging” and requires the cowboy to lean from the running horse onto the back of a 600 pound steer, catch it behind the horns, stop the steer’s forward momentum and wrestle it to the ground with all four of its legs and head pointing the same direction. The bulldogger is assisted by the hazer, who rides along the steer’s right to keep the animal running straight.
Team Roping — Team roping is the only rodeo event that features two contestants. The team is made up of a header and a heeler. The header ropes the horns, then dallies or wraps his rope around his saddle horn and turns the steer to the left for the other cowboy who ropes the heels. The heeler must throw a loop with precision timing to catch both of the steer’s hind legs. The time clock stops once both ropers have made a catch and brought the animals to a stop, facing each other.
Saddle Bronc Riding — Known as rodeo’s classic event, saddle bronc riding is judged similarly to bareback riding but there are additional possibilities to being disqualified; that is, losing a stirrup or dropping the thickly braided rein that is attached to the horse’s halter. The cowboy sits on the horse differently due to the saddle and rein, and the spurring motion covers a different area of the horse. Saddle broncs are usually several hundred pounds heavier than bareback horses and generally buck in a slower manner.
Tie Down Roping — Calf roping is an authentic ranch skill that originated from working cowboys. Once the calf has been roped, the cowboy dismounts and runs down the length of the rope to the calf. When the calf is on the ground, the cowboy ties three legs together with a six-foot pigging string. Calves are given a head start, and if the cowboy’s horse leaves the box too soon, a barrier breaks and a 10-second penalty is added to the roper’s time. In all of the timed events, a fraction of a second makes the difference between winning and losing.
Cowgirls Barrel Racing — This event is a horse race with turns. The cowgirl’s time begins as she rides her horse across the starting line in the arena. She makes a run around three upright barrels, which are in a cloverleaf pattern, and back to the starting line where the clock stops. Tipping a barrel is permitted, but if it is knocked to the ground, a five-second penalty is added to her time.
Bull Riding — Bull riders, who might not weigh more than 150 pounds, place a flat braided rope around a bull that weighs almost 2000 pounds. The bull rope is placed around the animal, just behind its shoulders. It is then looped and threaded through itself and the cowboy wraps it around his riding hand with only his grip holding him in place. The rider relies on balance and leg strength to make the eight-second buzzer. Look for bull riders to sit up close to their bull ropes and to turn their toes out because rides are judged on the riding style of the competitor and the bucking ability of the bull.
Championship Bull Riding
Thursday, August 8, 7:00 pm (Ticket Required)
Occasionally referred to at Rodeo’s most dangerous event, this is a night you won’t want to miss. Unlike the PRCA Rodeo performances where you see all 7 Pro Rodeo events – this is JUST BULLS! True down-and-dirty, in-your-face, hard-hitting competition!
Saturday, August 3, 4:00 p.m.
Different than the PRCA, this rodeo has local contestants competing in roping and speed events. This event starts off with the crowning of this year’s Rodeo Royalty. This is a FREE family friendly event that entertains all. Come watch your neighbors in the calf roping, team roping, children’s goat tying, barrel racing and pole bending. Finish off the night at the Hometown Rodeo Dance, featuring Western Justice. An exciting and fun evening to start the Fair festivities!