Family Fun

Carbondale Wild West Rodeo is all about Family!!

CWWR has activities and food geared towards kids. From the kids hot dogs at the Slow Groovin BBQ, to the popcorn and snow cones, served up by the Mt. Sopris and Black Sheep 4-H Clubs, and Senior Matters; kids and kids at heart can find something to soothe their grumbly tummies. Kids will need the energy as they participate in the Calf Scramble and Mutton Bustin' or just join in on the excitement of the cheering crowd. There are requirements to participate in the Calf Scramble and Mutton Bustin' and they are listed below. At several of the rodeos during the 12 week season, there will be horseback rides from our friends and sponsors at Alpine Animal Hospital. Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council is also a regular attendee and have offered kids activities. Hawaiian Night on August 10th is a great time for kids and adults alike to don the grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts and watch our cowboys, cowgirls and horses rock their Hawaiian attire. Our full schedule isn't set yet, but we offer specialty acts at several of the rodeos. We will be updating this as soon as these are confirmed. Check back often.

You can also bring your picnic basket and barbecue grill. There are parking spaces against the arena fence and we see many birthdays and family reunions held at the rodeo. If you want to park along the arena fence you need to bring a vehicle and park early Thursday mornings starting at 6:00 a.m. The spaces fill up quite often before mid-afternoon. It is first come first serve and there is an extra $20 charge. There are envelopes at the yellow box located on the white building at the east end of the arena. Fill out your license plate number and place your money in the envelope and drop in the box.

Kids Events

Time to Ride -- July 13th, July 20th, July 27th, and August 3rd. Alpine Animal Hospital “Time to Ride” There will be horseback rides for kids in a special pen, lessons on horse care, and the opportunity for questions and answers. Be sure and visit them and tell them how much you enjoy Time to Ride. If it proves popular they may offer more dates.
Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council will be frequenting the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo this seasonThe Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council is a Sponsor of the Wild West Carbondale Rodeo. All ages can learn more about horses from the RFVHC. They are committed to the preservation of our valley’s western culture and the heritage of the horse. Sign up for a $5.00 lifetime membership with RFVHC, which gives all members a discount at the Roaring Fork Valley Coop. Join the Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council now to help Create Preservation for a Sustainable, Generational, and Legacy Equestrian Community! http://www.rfvhorsecouncil.org

Hawaiian Night August 10, 2017
Kids of all ages will enjoy Hawaiian Night. No matter if you want to celebrate the heritage of the Paniolo, remember your last visit or just wear a loud shirt or other island attire, the Carbondale Rodeo’s annual Hawaiian night, August 13th is sure to be a colorful night. Want to see cowboys in grass skirts? This is the night.

Kid's Calf Scramble

Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Royalty assist the participants in warm-up exercises before the race is on. Arena push ups are just the beginning. Not for those afraid to get dirty! Watch as kids 3-10 years old chase a group of calves around the arena to snatch ribbons from their tails! Kids must snatch the ribbons from the calves tail and return to the finish line in the fastest three times. Pre-registration by phone is not required, but parents or guardians must sign a release form starting at 5:30 and kids are given a wristband. Only kids with wristbands are allowed to enter the arena and participate. So don't disappoint the kids and get to the secretary shed between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Depending on how fast the rodeo is running it might be best to not wait til the last minute to get signed up.
Calf Scramble Rules

  • • Children must be 3-10 years old.
  • • No parents will be allowed to enter the arena.
  • • Sign-up will start at 5:30pm and end at 8:00pm at the rodeo secretary shed/registration booth.
  • • The parents of children that are signing up must be present when registering.
  • • All parents must sign the Entry Application and Release Form along with the Consent of Parent or Legal Guardian.
  • • Only children that have been given a wristband at the registration booth will be allowed to enter the arena.

 

Mutton Bustin'

In this rodeo event lil’ buckaroos get a turn in the spotlight as they grab wool and ride a sheep! Cheer them on as they try to hang on for as long as they can! Helmets and vests provided.
Mutton Bustin' Rules-- IMPORTANT UPDATE

  • • Children MUST be under 50 pounds.
  • • Mutton busters must register through the call-in line on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm MDT beginning May 31, 2016 The call-in number is 970 923 9270.
  • • Mutton busters will not be allowed to ride on consecutive weeks unless we do not have enough participants signed up.
  • • Only the first ten plus three alternates will be allowed to participate each week.
  • • All parents must sign the Entry Application and Release Form along with the Consent of Parent or Legal Guardian.

Events below Require Experience and/or a team with an experienced Roper.

Dally Ribbon Roping


An exciting team event in which one mounted competitor ropes a calf and the other partner runs out on foot to snatch a ribbon from the calf’s tail. A quick catch by the roper gives the runner an advantage. A circling or windmilling calf can prove a challenge to the runner. One of the rare times you'll see a cowboy or cowgirl without their boots as they don their fastest running shoes to compete. The runner has to cross the finish line back at the roping box, where the fastest time wins. Entry fee $50 per roping, $25 each roper and runner.
 
 

Junior Bull Riding

    Youth rodeo contestants have been asking for this event and the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo committee heard. Junior Bull Riding was added in 2014. Contestants must be 13 to 17 years old. Limited to 6 contestants plus 3 alternates. Junior Bull Riding is the training ground for youth with the aspirations to compete in the most dangerous event in the sport of rodeo and join the ranks of the Bull Riders. Cheer on these brave young rodeo contestants where an 8 second ride can seem like an eternity. Junior Bull Rider contestants must provide their own helmets and vests. Helmets and vests are mandatory. Entry fee is $35 per event. Register through the call-in line on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm MDT beginning May 30, 2017 The call-in number is 970 923 9270.

Steer Riding

Steer Riding was added in 2011 to give young cowboys and cowgirls the opportunity to ride rough stock. A 6 second ride scores. You will be amazed by the bravery and skill of the young riders. Contestants must be at least 8 years old and not more than 12 years old (updated 2014). This event is limited to 6 contestants plus 3 alternates. Steer riding contestants must provide their own helmets and vests. Helmets and vests are mandatory. Register through the call-in line on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm MDT beginning May 31, 2016 The call-in number is 970 923 9270. /p>

Junior Barrel Racing
Limited to not more than 10 contestants 13 years or under. (*Note: Change in age limit on 06/10/2014.) (*Note: Junior and Open Barrels Rule Change -- Effective July 23, 2015. Junior age barrel racers can enter the Open Barrels but cannot enter both the Junior and Open Barrels in the same rodeo.) Youth follow the same cloverleaf pattern as Open Barrel Racers. Watch Junior Barrel Racers give it their all each week. Junior Barrel Racing offers youth the opportunity to hone their skills to become better horsemen and make the move up to Open Barrel Racers. Many of the youth will give Open Barrel Racers a run for their money in this timed event. $20 entry fee. Register through the call-in line on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm MDT beginning May 30, 2017