California Rodeo Salinas Debuts 2020 Commemorative Poster

Pencil sketch by local artist features world champion tie-down roper Tuf Cooper

Photo by Interface Visual

SALINAS, CA – Dave Pedrazzi officially became the President of the California Rodeo Salinas on October 17th, but he started working on the 2020 California Rodeo Salinas commemorative poster back in the spring. This year’s poster was inspired by his love of traditional rodeo events and the western lifestyle. When he saw the photo of 2-time world champion tie-down roper Tuf Cooper, taken at Salinas in 2008 by the late Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Photographer Rich Ruef, he knew it would make a great poster. The image is full of energy and movement and captures a moment during a tie-down run perfectly. Local artist Ruth Deoudes, also the 2017 California Rodeo poster artist, was excited to illustrate that feeling via pencil sketch and did an outstanding job with this year’s main poster artwork and inspired the final design which came to her as she was sketching.

Born on California’s beautiful Monterey Peninsula, Ruth was the fourth of five children. Her youth was very fulfilling, with many family adventures and numerous pets. Ruth’s parents were educators who offered many artistic outlets. This may have been what inspired her to start drawing and painting at an early age. Ruth continued to follow her interest by studying art at Monterey Peninsula College, San Diego State University, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has been influenced by traditional as well as contemporary western artists. In 1988 Ruth and her husband Pete moved to the rural Salinas area where they had room to raise a family and maintain their livestock. Whether at home, a rodeo, or a friend’s ranch, Ruth never lacks for inspiration or subject matter. It may be a situation, a pose, or even a gesture that sparks her interest. The execution and technique of her pencil drawings is very important, but the main goal for Ruth is to create an emotionally engaging and inspiring image.

The posters are available for purchase for $15 at the California Rodeo Salinas Office, 1034 N. Main Street, Salinas, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm except for Fridays when the office is closed from 11:45am to 1:15pm for lunch; they can also be purchased online at by clicking on About Us and Store ( They will be available for purchase at the 110th California Rodeo Salinas July 16-19, 2020.

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About California Rodeo Salinas
The 110th California Rodeo Salinas will take place July 16-19, 2020. The California Rodeo Association is a not-for-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas and the West. We support the community and other non-profit organizations through the staging of the annual California Rodeo Salinas and other year round operations of the Salinas Sports Complex. Through donation of our facility, vending and fundraising opportunities during Rodeo and other events, the California Rodeo Association returns over $500,000 annually to local non-profits. For more information about the California Rodeo Salinas, log on to or call the California Rodeo Office at 831-775.3100. ‘Like’ the California Rodeo on Facebook at or follow us on twitter @CaliforniaRodeo for updates, photos and more.

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