2023 Carbondale Wild West Rodeo dates — Every Thursday June 1st thru August 17th. A big thank you to all our sponsors, spectators, contestants and volunteers for a fantastic and record breaking 2022 season. Once again we may face challenges in 2023 as we have had to make some changes for traffic, parking, and safety of spectators, so please be patient as we all do the best we can to bring you a fantastic rodeo season. We have many tasks to accomplish as we move into the rodeo season and as we move throughout the season. We are very excited to be offering fans and contestants alike the thrills and spills of your Carbondale Wild West Rodeo once again.
Gates Open 5:30pm
Slack is at 6:00pm
Grand Entry at 7:30pm Sharp
WE ARE STILL WORKING ON 2023 DATES FOR SPECIAL EVENTS.
If you have any suggestions for special acts we are always looking for ideas.
Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Association reserves the right to make changes to events schedule, rules and payout/added money as deemed necessary.
You will be sure to see Rodeo Clowns, Grand Entry presentations and lots of good old fashioned grit and gumption as young and old bring their best to CWWR performances. Contestants will be vying for an All Around Saddle Award to be awarded to the contestant with the most money earned in 2 events. Ranch Bronc Riding continues to be one of our most popular events so we will continue it every other week and for the FINALS with a buckle! Hide Race another of the favorites alternates with Ranch Broncs and is a buckle series as well. .
Our Independence Day, 4th of July Celebration.
Join us July 6th for a star spangled celebration. You will see a lot of flag waving, pride for our country and patriotic decorations. If you get there early you might even get one of the many hand held flags to wave that we give away.
Tomas continues to be all the rave this year on the rodeo circuit and we are super lucky to get him. Cowboy Country Magazine featured Tomas in TOMAS GARCILAZO ~ CHARRO ON THE ROAD on March 14, 2021. This article stated, “The charro who introduced Canadians to a unique lifestyle has taken his amazing skills as a rope handler and horse trainer to the “non-rodeo” world — and won it all. Tomas Garcilazo, a four-time winner of the PRCA Specialty Act Award, has performed multiple times in Canada, most notably at the Canadian Finals Rodeo. Garcilazo won the $100,000 top prize on the “Go-Big Show” on TBS.
Come on out July 20, 2023 for a Special Celebration!!
BE THERE IN PINK
R & A Enterprises is our Tough Enough to Wear Pink Sponsor. They have been sponsoring our TETWP rodeo for several years now and invite everyone to come out and honor those who have fought the tough fight against breast cancer. The Calaway Young Cancer Center at Valley View Hospital has joined us the last few years with cancer survivors riding on a wagon driven by Taylor van Zyl and her wonderful team of horses. We honor all who have fought valiantly this difficult battle, knowing that some continue the fight, some have overcome and some have succumbed. We hope that research can increase the numbers that beat breast cancer all all cancers. A portion of the proceeds goes each year to help fight the fight.
Do you know a family member or close friend whose life was impacted by breast cancer? Chances are you do. You too can join the western community in its efforts to raise funds for the fight against cancer! The Calaway Young Cancer Center at Valley View Hospital will receive a portion of the rodeo proceeds.
Seeking additional sponsors for TETWP! Call CWWRA, President Mike Kennedy at 970-379-3907 for more information.
Join us for a special celebration of cancer survivors at our rodeo on Thursday July 20th at 7:30pm. It’s the western community’s way toward the cure. Come join us in remembering those we have lost to cancer and showing your support of those fighting the fight.2
You won’t want to miss the thrill of Bobby riding his mustang and incorporating an antique cadillac. Bobby has jumped his mustang Poncho over a burning cadillac in past acts. We can’t wait to see what Bobby brings to his act this year.
Bobby’s accomplishments: Founder of Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, Texas
3X PRCA Specialty Act of the Year
NFR Specialty Act
2014 Mustang Million Finalist with 2 horses and appears on Good Morning America
2013 IPRA National Finals Rodeo Showcase Champion
2012 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion and Fan Favorite
2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Finalist & Fan Favorite
Alpine Animal Hospital “Time to Ride”. We could use your help to see this continue. It has become increasingly difficult to find volunteers both of the equine and human variety to help Alpine Equine Hospital continue this. If you can help with horses or volunteer please reach out to Alpine Animal Hospital. This event has featured horseback rides for kids in a special pen, lessons on horse care, and the opportunity for questions and answers. The rides will be offered from 5:30 to 8:00. Riders need to be lined up by the riding pen near the picnic pavilion prior to 8:00. At 8:00, they will not be allowing anyone else to line up, so they can complete the riding activity for those lined up prior to 8:00. Chuck Maker, DVM and Sonia Marzec of Alpine Equine Hospital have graciously pulled together this special activity. Thank you also to Lisa Flynn of Aspen Riding Academy for providing the horses. Laura Martin and Lisa Nieslanik are on deck as well to bring horses if needed. This activity has been a favorite of kids at the rodeo and has brought many a smile to adults as well. Be sure and tell them how much you enjoy Time to Ride.
The Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council is a Sponsor of the Wild West Carbondale Rodeo. We 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
We are working on our 2023 schedule of specialty acts and events. More info will be posted when available.
You won’t want to miss the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls Trick Riding. This is an acclaimed rodeo performance team and so much more. For more info see:
No matter if you want to celebrate the heritage of the Paniolo, remember your last visit or just wear a loud shirt, the Carbondale Rodeo’s annual Hawaiian night, August 10th is sure to be a colorful night. Want to see cowboys in grass skirts? This is the night.
Finals and Awards Night
See who wins the All Around Saddle and the event buckles. It is always a heated competition to the end. The cowgirls and cowboys BRING their all to have the bragging rights and the buckle too!
Well deserved scholarships and volunteer awards along with special awards are also presented.
The Carbondale Rodeo Committee is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization committed to keeping the Roaring Fork Valley’s western heritage alive by offering a fun family-oriented event for residents and visitors alike. The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo is held every Thursday from June until late August, rain or shine.
The 2023 rodeo season will begin on Thursday, June 1st and continue through Thursday, August 17th. Come down to the rodeo every Thursday evening for 12 weeks with slack at 6:00 p.m. and the main performance at 7:30 p.m.
Learn more about the changes and what to expect for the 2023 rodeo season here!
To volunteer, email Mike Kennedy at:
[email protected] or call at:
We are excited to announce the introduction of our premium arena side online parking reservation system new for the 2023 season!
Arena side parking tickets go on sale every Wednesday starting at 12 pm through the rodeo season!
Leaving your vehicles at the arena or on Willow Lane early will no longer be allowed for the 2023 season!! We hope you'll enjoy the convenience of reserving your premium arena-side parking in advance.