For the first time in over thirty years, Rodeo will return to Madison Square Garden as THE COWBOYCHANNEL’S Rodeo New York: Challenge of Champions taking place Father’s Day weekend, June 19-21, 2020. Three days and four session of non-stop action will bring together 65 of the world’s top Professional Rodeo athletes as they compete for a payout of $1,000,000 in prize money.
“The entire western sports industry is thrilled to be able to come together to bring championship rodeo back to Madison Square Garden for the first time in over 30 years”, stated Patrick Gottsch, Founder of The Cowboy Channel. “Every world champion cowboy and cowgirl, along with this country’s most prestigious stock owners and contractors, jumped at the chance to showcase their talents on the floor of the world’s most famous arena. New York is in for a real treat, as this will be the very best that rodeo has to offer. We are especially enthused to be able to have Rodeo New York take place on Father’s Day weekend in 2020. I hope that many people will choose to bring Dad to the rodeo and experience some genuine western lifestyle at this family-friendly event.”
THE COWBOY CHANNEL’S Rodeo New York: Challenge of Champions will showcase World Champions across eight of the rodeo’s signature events:
Bareback: Bareback is one of the most physically demanding of all the rodeo events, featuring a cowboy attempting to ride a bucking horse with no stirrups or seat, for eight seconds. There are 50 possible points awarded for the horse’s bucking ability, and 50 for the cowboy’s riding style.
Confirmed to Compete: Richie Champion, Kaycee Feild, Will Lowe, Tim O’Connell, Steven Peebles, Jake Vold
Saddle Bronc: Known as the rodeo’s classic event, saddle bronc riding is judged similarly to bareback riding but there are additional possibilities to being disqualified: losing a stirrup or dropping the thickly braided rein that is attached to the horse’s halter.
Confirmed to Compete: Cort Scheer, Wade Sundell, Zeke Thurston, Spencer Wright, Jesse Wright
Team Roping: In team roping, two ropers, a “header” and a “heeler,” work together to catch a steer in the fastest time possible. The header throws his rope first and must catch the steer with support from the heeler once he is roped to steer them left.
Confirmed to Compete: Trevor Brazile, Jeremy Buhler, Jade Corkill, Kaleb Driggers, Paul Eaves, Wyatt Imus, Chad Masters, Junior Nogueira, Cory Petska, Erich Rogers, Levi Simpson, Clay Smith, Clay Tryan
Tie-Down Roping: Tie down roping is an authentic ranch skill that originated from working cowboys. Once the calf has been roped, the cowboy dismounts and runs down the length of the rope to the calf. Once he reaches the calf, the cowboy ties three legs together with a six-foot pigging string. The calf must remain tied for 6 seconds or the cowboy is disqualified.
Confirmed to Compete: Trevor Brazile, Marcos Costa, Tuf Cooper, Tyson Durfey, Shane Hanchey, Wyatt Imus, Stran Smith, Cory Solomon
Barrel Racing: Barrel Racing is a fast paced, exciting timed event where horse and rider cross a starting line, race around a cloverleaf pattern and run back across the finish line. Times are recorded to the 1000th of a second.
Confirmed to Compete: Sherry Cervi, Callie duPerier, Hailey Kinsel, Lisa Lockhart, Brittany Pozzi, Amberley Snyder, Fallon Taylor
Confirmed to Compete: Luke Branquinho, Curtis Cassidy, Hunter Cure, Dakota Eldridge, Scott Guenther, Tyler Pearson, Tyler Waguespack
Bull Riding: Like the other rough stock events, the cowboy must last until the 8 second buzzer goes off. Bull riders use a “bull rope,” a braided rope approximately eight feet long, that is fitted around the bull’s mid-section to hold on to. The rider inserts his hand into the rope and the rope is then pulled tight. When the ride is completed, the contestant pulls on the free end of the rope, thus releasing his hand and he jumps away from the bull.
Confirmed to Compete: Silvano Alves, Cooper Davis, Sage Kimzey, Jess Lockwood, J.B. Mauney, Kaique Pacheco
Breakaway Roping: Women’s breakaway roping is one of western sport’s favorite new events and is very similar to tie-down roping except the cowgirl only ropes the calf and the performance does not include any tying. Time stops when the rope breaks free from the cowgirl’s saddle horn.
Confirmed to Compete: Jackie Crawford, Lari Dee Guy, JJ Hampton, Madison Outhier
*DATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO PLAYOFFS