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News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail, June 22

For only the third time in the iconic history and tradition of the Pendleton Round-Up, the 110th Pendleton Round-Up and the 104th Happy Canyon Indian Pageant & Wild West Show and associated events will not be held the second full week in September 2020.

We are disappointed to announce that current health and safety restrictions preclude us from hosting the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon in our traditional way this September. Round-Up and Happy Canyon have been a celebration of community and a catalyst to support education, local not for profits, service organizations, and provide direct benefits to the regional economy. It is disheartening the events will not take place in 2020 for all involved.

Beginning in March and on a weekly basis, members of the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Boards and staff began meeting with local, state and various association representatives to begin the process of discussing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the event could go on in a traditional and full manner. Through the efforts of all involved, we remained optimistic that the event may have the possibility of moving forward.

The focus of the effort was to pursue a pathway forward to preserve the benefits and involvement of the entire community and region by hosting the event in the full traditional and historic manner. A comprehensive operational plan was submitted to the governor’s office to implement various safety protocols in order to host our guests whom attend and participate in the various community events. This comprehensive plan detailed our precautions that would allow the event to proceed as normally planned and traditionally produced, if approved by state officials.

As it has become evident that the events would not be allowed under the current restrictions, the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Board of Directors believe that the best course is to not host the events for 2020. This difficult decision is in the best interest for the health and safety of the community, volunteers, tribal participants, vendors, sponsors and contestants. Not having an event in 2020 will have an impact on our entire community, region, local businesses, supporters, sponsors and loyal fans.

The 110th celebration will still allow for the participation and support of the community. The LET’ER BUCK CARES fund has been established to support and benefit the various community organizations that rely on the week of Round-Up to generate their main source of income to support their causes and further their mission in support of the community.

The LET’ER BUCK CARES fund can be accessed through the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon website www.pendletonroundup.com.

Together we will overcome this and return even stronger in 2021 when we will gather to celebrate our traditional events. Please join us in supporting the LET’ER BUCK CARES fund! We will see you again – the second full week in September 2021, for the 111th Pendleton Round-Up and 105th Happy Canyon Indian Pageant & Wild West Show.


Voters in the Digital Rodeo Tournament presented by The Cowboy Channel wore out the enter button for the final round of the semifinals of the bull riding.

More than 68,000 votes were cast between two semifinals matchups.

In the end, No. 9 Ruger Piva and No. 15 Tyler Bingham will go head-to-head in the finals this week.

Piva garnered 28,220 votes (55.2%) to defeat No. 12 Parker McCown, while Bingham received 29,158 votes (58%) to overcome No. 6 J.T. Moore.

In team roping heading No. 1 Luke Brown will take on No. 6 Charly Crawford.

Brown is the only No. 1 to reach the finals of the Digital Rodeo Tournament, and he cruised into the finals after garnering 62.7% of the vote against No. 4 Clay Ullery.

Crawford upended No. 2 Clay Smith, the two-time reigning world champion team roping header.

Reigning world champion team roping heeler Wesley Thorp has a shot at adding the title of Digital Rodeo Tournament champion to his accolades. The 2019 champion heeler is into the finals of the Digital Rodeo Tournament. Thorp, No. 11 in the Digital Rodeo tourney, held off No. 2 Jade Corkill to advance to the finals.

Thorp will face No. 8 Hunter Koch, who defeated No. 13 Patrick Smith.

No. 14 Brittany Barnett received 83.3% of the vote to beat No. 10 Tiany Schuster in barrel racing. She’ll take on No. 8 Carly Taylor, who held off No. 13 Dona Kay Rule.


The USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards is underway and rodeos are once again one of the categories. Contenders for the Best Rodeo, which launched earlier this month, include the Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo, National Western Stock Show & Rodeo in Denver, Greeley (Colo.) Stampede, San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

To see the complete list of nominated rodeos go to https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-rodeo/.

The contest gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice. A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest.

Voting ends Monday, July 6, and the winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, July 17.


On May 15, The Cowboy Channel and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association launched the PRCA on The Cowboy Channel Plus App, which will bring the most exciting PRORODEO streaming to fans’ fingertips.

The new and exciting app will also allow subscribers to stream The Cowboy Channel’s Western lifestyle content on any device, anytime, anywhere.

As the world’s destination for all things PRORODEO, the PRCA on The Cowboy Channel Plus App will keep fans up-to-date with their favorite PRCA rodeos and athletes, as well as provide behind-the-scenes access to livestreamed and on-demand PRCA rodeo events from around the country.

The content can be accessed via the mobile app (available on Android and iOS), as well as any browser, smart TV or device. Viewers will be able to enjoy free access to up-to-the-minute news, bios, rodeos and highlights. Those with a subscription will unlock premium content such as up to six simultaneous live rodeo feeds, classic PRCA archived rodeos, The Cowboy Channel video-on-demand programming, and the only place viewers can stream the National Finals Rodeo.

The Cowboy Channel Plus is available for only $9.99 a month or save up to 25% and purchase the whole year for $89.99. To sign up for the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus app, visit www.cowboychannelplus.com.

Courtesy of PRCA