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Experience Rodeo All-Star

A person riding a bull at a rodeo

What’s a fun activity that everyone living in the luxury Denver apartments can get behind? If anything fits the bill, we’d wager the Rodeo All-Star Weekend ranks high on the list, and this year’s edition will be bringing the fun and good times in a big way for everyone:

“Rodeo All-Star Weekend celebrates the sport and the athletes of rodeo with an All-Star festival feel. The weekend offers three All-Star rodeo performances, the popular Lunch with Champions, Mutton Bustin, mechanical bull and the all-star concert.”

That’s a lot to break down, so today we’ll be diving into the details and giving you a heads up on what to expect should you decide to attend this riveting display of athleticism and celebration of all things rodeo.

Rodeo All-Star Weekend: The Basics

If there’s one thing you can be certain of, it’s the fact that the Rodeo All-Star Weekend will feature plenty of rodeo performances (three, to be precise), with the first one, the Rodeo All-Star Semi-Finals (1st round), occurring on April 12th at 7:00PM. The second semi-finals round takes place the following day, April 13th, at 2:30PM, concluding with the big finish, the Rodeo Finals, the same day at 7:00PM. Throughout these shows, riders will be participating in a number of challenging events:

  • Bareback Riding — The goal here is to stay on top of that determined horse’s back for eight whole seconds, without any saddle to help. Riders who can reach the eight-second mark are then judged on their performance, with body control, coordination, and other factors taken into account.
  • Barrel Racing — In this event, riders must navigate their horse around a barrel course, achieving as fast a time as possible without knocking over any barrels (as any disrupted barrels add five seconds to their overall time).
  • Bull Riding — Perhaps one of the most well-known of rodeo events, bull riding is simultaneously dangerous and invigorating. Like horse riding, bull riding contestants must attempt to hang on for eight seconds, but there are additional stipulations, in the fact that attempts to touch the bull with the free hand will result in a null score. Furthermore, a 2,000-pound bull is a whole other animal to test than even the most fierce of horses.
  • Saddle Bronc Riding — Another staple of the rodeo, saddle bronc riding operates similar to bareback riding (though the addition of the saddle and rein is an obvious change). Riders are disqualified for dropping the rein or losing a stirrup, and the horses used for this event tend to be larger and more powerful than their bareback counterparts.
  • Steer Wrestling — An interesting event to say the least, steer wrestling tasks riders with jumping from the back of their horse to the back of a steer, then wrestle said steer to the ground by the horns. The steer gets a head start, and the clock for the event stops when the cowboy can get the animal on its side, with all four feet pointing the same way.
  • Team Roping — The lone event in the rodeo that requires two contestants at a time, teams in this roping challenge must rope both a a steer’s horns and its feet, then pull those ropes tight to catch the animal within their clutches.
  • Tie-Down Roping — As the name suggests, tie-down roping requires participants to rope and tie down a calf, much like they’d do when working on a ranch. Rules are set in place to give the calf a head start, and the cowboy must work to capture the calf as quickly as possible.

In case you were wondering, All-Star Weekend places a high concern on the welfare of their animals, and humane treatment is always a must:

“Rodeo All-Star supports animal welfare principles which seek to improve the treatment and well-being of animals. Supporting animal welfare means believing humans have the right to use animals. Along with that right comes the responsibility to provide proper, humane care and treatment.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the rules (which, admittedly, might seem opaque if you aren’t an avid rodeo fan), you’d do well to check out the All-Star Weekend’s Rodeo 101, which further details all the intricacies of the riding rules and what, precisely, is going on during these frenetic showcases of skill. But, it won’t just be bull riding and other rodeo events going on during All-Star Weekend. There’s also the musical entertainment, courtesy of Chase Bryant:

“Music defines Chase Bryant. At every level and in often unexpected ways, his truths are expressed in melody, lyrics, hooks and sounds … but his reality goes even deeper than that. Bryant’s heritage is defined by music. His upbringing, his craft, his inspiration and his obsessions are all centered in the same.”

You can check out some of Bryant’s music via YouTube, and catch his concert at the All-Star Weekend on April 12th at 9:15PM. And there’s even more in store, if you so choose, like the Lunch With Champions on the 13th, where you’ll get a chance to go behind the scenes with some of the stars of the rodeo, learn more about their history and passion for riding, and, in general, nerd out on all kinds of rodeo awesomeness, coupled with a delicious western buffet. And on both nights of All-Star Weekend, there will be a lovely afterparty to enjoy and unwind at after the intense events of the day. All told, a lovely experience.

There’s Even More to Enjoy Around the Luxury Denver Apartments

If you think the Rodeo All-Star Weekend sounds like a blast, then you’re in luck, because when you call fine communities like The Palmer home, the whole of Denver and its wild and wonderful happenings are right at your fingertips. Even if you’re content to stay in this cool and comfortable little neighborhood, there’s a wealth to explore, and so much to do and see you’ll be planning adventure-filled weekends for a long time coming. Come see for yourself; drop us a line, snag a spacious apartment at The Palmer, and see just how thrilling the Denver life can be.