Pendleton Round-Up University is Back!

The 2018 syllabus lists five courses as part of a new continuing education series taught at its downtown Pendleton campus – the historic Hamley’s Slickfork Saloon. Classes begin at 6:00 p.m. each Wednesday night February 21st through March 21st. Tuition is free to students of all ages. However, hungry students are encouraged to nourish themselves during class with an optional $10 tasty meal, or wet their whistle at the historic bar. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.

The University concept is created to provide every local person, business, community volunteer, fan or novice an inside look at how the all-volunteer event earned its reputation for western lifestyle authenticity and maintains an elevated status among contemporary rodeo peers. In ever changing world dynamics the Round-Up continues to reach new audience, which in turn produces economic benefit for its community.

The esteemed faculty is comprised of Round-Up experts who will provide in-depth instruction on specific

February 21: Preserving Heritage Then and Now – Professors Thomas, Beard & Hamilton
Our Legends, heroes, and colorful tales still ride-on. We take a look at new tools that invite a vast audience to experience the old story.

February 28: Leaping Livestock! – Professor Randy Bracher
Let’s celebrate Round-Up’s historic bucking horses which have cleared the trail for today’s award winning livestock program. The goal is – any cowboy can win!

March 7: Wow! That’s one Popular Rodeo – Professors Graybeal, DeGrofft, Ledbetter
Preserve! Invest! Grow! Let’s examine trends producing record setting results in tickets, retail, beverages, sponsorships, and more.

March 14: Celebrating our Future – Professor President Dave O’Neill
Winning the Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year Three-Peat marks a trend in excellence that the Round-Up has been pursuing hard since its centennial celebration. What’s next? This will be a serious sit-down with the Round-Up President. Bring your questions.

March 21: They Said What? Special Guest Appearance
How does the outside world see the PRU? And their response . . .

Round-Up University began in 2011 when Publicity Director Randy Thomas developed ‘Round-Up 101.’ Its success demanded follow-up with a 201, 301 and 401 series, which completed the ‘undergraduate’ program with a total combined student attendance of 2,517. “It’s been great fun and very educational,” said Thomas. “Each class offering had similar student response – wow, I didn’t know that” For more information and updates go to