From 1937 To 2019: A Walk Through Time At Pikes Peak Or Bust

Rodeo would be nothing without its deep-rooted history. It may be a sport that is modernizing itself, but the old rodeo values of courage, being true to your word, and being willing to put in a hard day’s work remain. 

One of those rodeos so deeply rooted in its history is the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs, Colorado. To celebrate that history before the modern-day version of the rodeo kicks off on Wednesday, we’re walking our way through the timeline of our favorite historical moments of the event.

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1937

The tradition began in Colorado Springs when Spencer Penrose founded the rodeo.

1938

The rodeo immediately made a move in year two with what was known as “The House That Spec Built”—the Will Rogers Stadium that could seat 10,000 people. It was the first of four moves the event would make.

After Penrose’s death in 1939, the building name was then changed to the Spencer Penrose Stadium.

1946

A hotspot for military, the Pikes Peak region is home to the United States Air Force Academy, NORAD/NORTHCOM, Air Force Space Command, Schriever Air Force Base, Peterson Air Force Base, and Fort Carson. In 1946 the rodeo pledged to donate its proceeds to help service members and their families within the region and has continued that tradition ever since.

Also in 1946, Bill Linderman—the namesake of the PRCA’s Linderman Award, which honors competitors who earn the most money competing in three events, with at least one roughstock and one timed event—won the bareback riding competition. Linderman would end his career as a six-time world champion, showing his skills on both sides of the arena with two all-around titles (1950, 1953), two saddle bronc riding (1945, 1950), one bareback riding (1943), and one steer wrestling (1950).

1959

Women’s barrel racing made its first appearance at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Jane Mayo was the first winner of the new event.  

1973

The event moved to the 71-acre Pikes Peak Equestrian Center.

1977

Team roping was introduced to Pikes Peak with Joe Murray and Rickey Green winning the inaugural appearance of rodeo’s only true team event. 

1979

The Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame was founded to exclusively honor standouts in the world of Western sports. The Hall of Fame resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

1995

A 12- or 13-year-old Fallon Taylor won the barrel racing (the event is right around the Florida cowgirl’s birthday). This was long before we knew her as the fashion-line-owning, rainbow-tie-dye-wearing, helmet advocate she is today, but the world of rodeo certainly knew who this talented cowgirl was by that season’s end as she was well on her way to her first NFR qualification.

2002

The rodeo moved to the Colorado Springs World Arena, heading indoors for a short period.

2005

The rodeo returned to the renovated and updated Norris-Penrose Center, the venue where it got its start and where it remains today.

2018

The rodeo was sanctioned under the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association once again.  

2019

You can watch the Pikes Peak 0r Bust Rodeo for its third year on FloRodeo by clicking HERE. Yeah, we slid this historical fact in here, but can you blame us? We're excited to watch it online, too!

Watch The 2019 USTRC National Finals Again

Millions of dollars are awarded in the team roping world every fall between the United States Team Roping Championship's National Finals Team Roping in Oklahoma City, OK and the World Series Of Team Roping Finale in Las Vegas, Nevada. We've already crowned the winners of the USTRC Finals, so before we head to Vegas to watch the second of the two major roping finals, we thought you might want to binge-watch the USTRC Finals again.

'All You Have To Do Is Put Your Name Down" - Bray On WCRA Nomination System

“I’ll just look it up on my phone on the way to the rodeo which rodeos I’m going to and put in the dates,” said Paden Bray about nominating rodeos in the World Champion Rodeo Alliance’s (WCRA) Virtual Rodeo Qualifier app. “I’m going to this rodeo on Thursday, this rodeo on Friday and the next one on Saturday and just plan it out. Then it’s just an additional entry fee when you nominate whatever rodeos you want to nominate.”

Scores Left To Settle: Guide To PBR Australia & Canada Finals

The 2019 PBR World Finals may have crowned its champion but there are still some major scores to settle in the world of bull riding before the year ends. The PBR Australia Finals kicks off this weekend and the PBR Canada Finals will follow next weekend to decide who reigns supreme in each of those countries.

Future Four-Legged Superstars: Watch The 2019 ABBI World Finals Futurity

Bull riders better be sucking their hat down tight and preparing to hang on to these future four-legged superstars someday. Watch the next generation of bucking bulls at the 2019 American Bucking Bull Inc. World Finals Futurity in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Replays: Mini Bull Riding & American Freestyle Bullfighting World Finals

Bull riders and bullfighters took over the city of Las Vegas, Nevada last week with many events going on around Sin City. While the "big boys" of the PBR took over the T-Mobile Arena for the PBR World Finals (watch full archives HERE), the Chris Shiver Mini Bull Riders and Short Gorham's American Freestyle Bullfighters took over the South Point Hotel & Casino for four days of their own world finals competition.

Event Replays: Watch The Bull Riding At CFR46 Again

Durazo Wins Canadian Bull Riding Title

We asked Edgar Durazo from Moctezuma, Mexico to imagine what it would be like to win a Canadian title several times, but until it happened, he couldn't fully imagine how he would feel about winning the highest title in a country that he had called home for the past six years. He talked about the people that had welcomed him with open arms, the friendships he gained on the rodeo trail, the bulls he would have to conquer, but when the title was finally his, there was one thing he had to say about how it felt:

Event Replays: Watch The Tie-Down Roping At CFR46 Again

Hanchey Wins Fourth Canadian Title

The 2019 Canadian Finals Rodeo was not going the way it was supposed to for Shane Hanchey. The reigning, and three-time Canadian champion was struggling through his week in Red Deer, Alberta, and it didn't look like he would be taking home a fourth title this year.

Event Replays: Watch The Barrel Racing At CFR46 Again

2019 Canadian Champion: Brooke Wills

First time's the charm for the 2019 Canadian Champion Barrel Racer Brooke Wills who took home the title on her first trip to the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer, Alberta. Wills started off her rookie appearance at the CFR by knocking down two barrels, but the first-time jitters didn't last long.

Event Replays: Watch The Saddle Bronc Riding At CFR46 Again

Thurston Wins Canadian Title

He was the 2016 world champion, multi-time Calgary Stampede champion, he's won Houston, and just about any large rodeo you can think of, but he's been after the Canadian title since he was a kid and has finally checked his home country's highest honor off of his bucket list. Not only did Zeke Thurston win the 2019 Canadian Saddle Bronc Riding title, but he made sure of it by running away with the competition.

Event Replays: Watch The Team Roping At CFR46 Again

Canadian Champions Sherwood & Koch

They said before their last run at Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta that they might go for the arena record and - while they didn't break that particular record - they did break another at the 2019 Canadian Finals Rodeo: the single-season earnings record. The previous record was held by Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler who earned $59,006 between the regular-season and the finals in 2017, but Sherwood and Koch raised that bar substantially with their $74,616.07 and $76,728.86 respectively.