Canby Rodeo

Join us during the week of the fair, Aug. 13 through 17, at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

The sport of rodeo offers a window into America's rich rural ranching past, and event test the skill and speed of the athletes who participate. Professional rodeos often include events like tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding, and barrel racing. A Clackamas tradition since 1958, the rodeo began in Clackamas after Canby resident Craig Landeen and the fair board created the event as an attraction to boost attendance to the Fair.

Are you interested in volunteering with the Canby Rodeo? Or would you like to apply to be a Rodeo Associate? Send us an email at Rhodescj@canby.com to request more information!

Tickets

Tickets may be purchased in advance online. If you need ADA accessible seating, please call the Event Center office at 503-266-1136 to purchase them.

Pricing

Rodeo admission tickets require the purchase of Fair admission tickets.

Reserved Grandstand (covered) Sections AA, BB, CC, DD & Handicap Seating plus fair admission $20
General Admission Bleachers Sections A, B, C, D, & E plus fair admission 17
Bull Pen (21+) Seating plus fair admission 22

Rodeo Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting the Clackamas County Rodeo!

Click on the logos to visit our sponsors' websites.

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Rodeo Events

Photos courtesy of Alex Tam of the Canby Herald

Bareback riding

Bareback Riding

The bareback bronc rider does not use a saddle or rein, but uses one hand to grip a simple handle on a surcingle style rigging placed on the horse, just at the horse's withers. The rider leans back against the bucking horse and spurs in an up and down motion with his legs, in rhythm with the motion of the horse.

Originally based on the necessary horse breaking skills of a working cowboy. The event is now a highly stylized competition that utilizes horses that often are specifically bred for strength, agility, and bucking ability.

On the first jump out of the chute, the rider must "mark the horse out". This means he must have the heels of his boots in contact with the horse above the point of the shoulders before the horse's front legs hit the ground. The rider that manages to complete a ride is scored on a scale of 0-50 and the horse is also scored on a scale of 0-50. Scores in the 80s are very good, and in the 90s, are exceptional.  A horse who bucks in a spectacular and effective manner will score more points than a horse who bucks in a straight line with no significant changes of direction.

Barrel Racing

Barrel Racing

A horse and rider attempt to complete a pattern around pre-set barrels in the fastest time. Though both girls and boys compete at the youth level, and men compete in some amateur venues, in collegiate and professional ranks, it is primarily a rodeo event for women. It combines the horse's athletic ability and the horsemanship skills of a rider in order to safely and successfully maneuver a horse through a clover leaf pattern around three barrels. These are typically three fifty-five gallon metal or plastic drums placed in a triangle in the center of an arena.

Bull Riding

Bull Riding

A rider mounts a bull and grips a flat braided rope. After he secures a good grip on the rope, the rider nods to signal he is ready. The bucking chute is opened and the rider must attempt to stay on the bull for at least eight seconds, while only touching the bull with his riding hand. His other hand must remain free for the duration of the ride.

Bullfighters, also popularly known as rodeo clowns, stay near the bull in order to aid the rider if necessary. When the ride ends, either intentionally or not, the bullfighters distract the bull to protect the rider from harm.

Saddle Bronc

Saddle Bronc

In saddle bronc, the rider uses a specialized saddle with free swinging stirrups and no horn. The saddle bronc rider grips a simple rein braided from cotton or polyester and attached to a leather halter worn by the horse. The rider lifts on the rein and attempts to find a rhythm with the animal by spurring forwards and backwards with his feet. The rider must "mark out" (position the spurs over the horse's shoulders) until after the first jump to give the horse the advantage. The rider's spurs have no sharp edges, and the more the contestant spurs the horse, the higher the score. The rider is scored by judges for skill and technique, and the horse is scored for difficulty.

Steer Wrestling

Steer Wrestling

This event is also known as Bulldogging. When the steer wrestler is ready, he calls for the steer and the chute man trips a lever, opening the doors. The suddenly freed steer breaks off and simultaneously releases the barrier for the steer wrestler. The steer wrestler attempts to catch up to the running steer, lean over the side of the horse and grab the horns of the running steer. The steer wrestler then is pulled off his horse by the slowing steer and plants his heels into the dirt slowing the steer and himself. He then takes one hand off the horns, reaches down and grabs the nose of the steer, pulling the steer off balance and ultimately throwing the steer to the ground. Once all four legs are off the ground, an official waves a flag marking the official end and a time is taken. The steer is released and trots off.

Typical professional times will be in the range of 3.5 to 10 seconds from the gates opening to the waving of the flag.

team roping

Team Roping

This event is also known as Heading and Heeling. A two-person team competes. The first roper is referred to as the "header" (the person who ropes the front of the steer, usually around the horns), and the second roper is the "heeler", who ropes the steer by its hind feet. Team roping is the only rodeo event where men and women compete equally together in professionally sanctioned competition.

tie down roping

Tie-Down Roping

The rider must lasso the calf from horseback by throwing a loop of the lariat around the calf's neck. Once the rope is around the calf's neck, the roper signals the horse to stop quickly while he dismounts and runs to the calf. The calf must be stopped by the rope, but cannot be thrown to the ground by the rope. If the calf falls, the roper loses seconds because he must allow the calf to get back on its feet. When the roper reaches the calf, he picks it up and flips it onto its side. Once the calf is on the ground, the roper ties three of the calf's legs together with a short rope known as a "piggin' string". The horse is trained to assist the roper by slowly backing away from the calf to maintain a steady tension on the rope.

When the tie is complete, the roper throws his hands in the air to signal "time" and stop the clock.

Meet the 2019 Fair & Rodeo Court

2019 rodeo court

The 2019 Court competed for the royalty title on October 27, 2018. Four young women were challenged in categories such as rodeo knowledge, appearance, poise, speech presentation, and horsemanship skills. Join us on March 16, 2019, for the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Court Coronation in the Main Pavilion at the Clackamas County Event Center (Fairgrounds). Watch for details on the Canby Rodeo website, the Clackamas County Fair website and the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Court Facebook page or ask either of these wonderful ladies.

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Savannah was born and raised in the small town of Boring, Oregon. She is the 21 year-old daughter of Nate and Cindy Holmlund and a sister to 4 siblings. Following in her mother’s footsteps her love for horses started at an early age. She graduated from Sam Barlow High School in 2016, competing in equine 4-H as well as the Oregon High School Equestrian team for four years. She enjoys anything horse related, including keeping up on her mare Jolene. Savannah has been riding for 15 years and during high school, she was an OHSET State qualifier for 3 years, a PNWIC qualifier for two years, and a PNWIC record holder. Savannah was an Honor Student all four years of high school and the last two years of college. She currently attends Mt. Hood Community College pursuing a business degree and in the future, she plans to transfer to a university to further her education and ultimately end up in the bison industry. If she looks familiar to you it is probably because she was the 2017 Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Princess. Savannah also enjoys working with leather, drawing, spending time at her family ranch in Wallowa, and traveling along the rodeo road chasing adventure. When asked why she wanted to be on the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Court Savannah stated, “I want to be part of the 2019 Canby Rodeo Court, because I want to represent and promote the sport I love most with dedication, grace, leadership, and faith, while educating others about the rodeo lifestyle. This is not only an honor, but an incredible opportunity to make a difference.”

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Maddie Coleman, 24, the daughter of Michael and Gail Coleman, grew up in St. Paul, Oregon. She is a graduate of Sweet Briar College with a BS in Biology and is currently a 3rd year pharmacy student at Oregon State University College of Pharmacy. While at Sweet Briar, Maddie was an active member of the school’s riding program. She participated on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team. Fall Hunter/Equitation team, and American National Riding Commission team. Maddie has been active in high school and college earning a place on Honor Rolls and attaining scholarships. As the 2011 Marion County Dairy Princess Ambassador and the 2018 St. Paul Rodeo Princess, Maddie is accustom to representing the organizations she loves being involved with. In addition to being a collegiate athlete, she completed independent biology research on the native minnows that inhabit the campus streams and also worked as a science outreach student leader, developing science education activities for local youth. As a pharmacy student Maddie enjoys volunteering at health outreach events where she gets to interact with communities all over the Willamette Valley. In the future, she plans to practice community pharmacy in rural and medically underserved areas of Oregon. In Maddie’s words, the reason for wanting to be on the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Court is, “I want to be a member of the 2019 Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Court because I want to be a welcoming representative of the values and sport of rodeo. I want to serve the community as a role model, connecting the public with rodeo and the western lifestyle.”

Congratulations, Maddie Coleman!

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The sport of rodeo today arose out of the real life working practices of cattle ranching families in Spain, Mexico, and later in the United States, Canada, South America and Australia.

Early rodeo-like affairs of the 1820's and 1830's were informal events in the western United States and northern Mexico with cowboys and Vaqueros testing their work skills against one another.

Following the American Civil War, early rodeo competitions emerged with the first being held in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1872, but Prescott, Arizona claims the distinction of holding the first professional rodeo when it charged admission and awarded trophies in 1888. Between 1890 and 1910, rodeo became a public entertainment, sometimes combining Wild West Shows featuring individuals such as Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley, and other charismatic stars. By 1910, several major rodeos were established in

Rodeo Today

Rodeo

The sport of rodeo today offers spectators a window into America's rich rural ranching past, with all the excitement and electricity that today's major modern sporting events have to offer! Rodeo goes with America like apple pie and baseball. Rodeo exemplifies grit and determination - the spirit of American ideals.

Standardized events are designed to test the skill and speed of the human cowboy and cowgirl athletes who participate.

Professional rodeos generally comprises the following events: tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding, and barrel racing.

Events are divided into two basic categories: the rough stock events and the timed events. Depending on sanctioning organization and region, other events such as breakaway roping, goat tying, and pole bending may also be a part of some rodeos.

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The Canby Rodeo, presented by the Clackamas County Fair, is held traditionally the 3rd week in August.  The first sanctioned rodeo in Canby was held in 1958 and was called the "Clackamas County Fair Rodeo".  The rodeo was held on the heels of a very poorly attended Fair the previous year.  The Fair reported that "Fair attendance was down, gate receipts were down, and exhibitor participation was down".

The Fair Board realized that only a dramatic economic change could solve the problem.  The Fair Board sought out the help of Canby resident Craig Landeen, a promotor of rodeo.  Landeen and his wife Marilyn were involved in many facets of rodeo throughout the Northwest, from participation to management.

Craig Landeen was asked for advice concerning possibilities of a rodeo as an attraction to boost attendance to the Fair.  With the blessing and prompting of the Fair Board, Landeen developed a list of prospective stock contractors, costs, risks, publicity possibilities, rodeo format, and extra events.  Landeen then stunned the Fair Board by proposing to squeeze "four hours of rodeo excitement in only two hours"!  The Fair Board liked the proposal!

Today, over 50 years later, spectators are still treated to the tradition "four hours of rodeo excitement in only two hours".  This innovative idea makes Canby Rodeo one of the best rodeos to watch in the Northwest!

Always striving to make a better rodeo, the Canby Rodeo has recently implemented "Same day slack and same day performance". Same day slack and same day performance simply means that timed event competitors will receive both of his or her opportunities or "go-rounds" to compete on the same day of the rodeo. Making it more economical for the cowboy/cowgirl and more enjoyable for the fan!

County fair in 1915
County Fair in 1915

 

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Rodeo Court Sponsors

The History of Rodeo

Historical photo of rodeo

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Savannah was born and raised in the small town of Boring, Oregon. She is the 21 year-old daughter of Nate and Cindy Holmlund and a sister to 4 siblings. Following in her mother’s footsteps her love for horses started at an early age. She graduated from Sam Barlow High School in 2016, competing in equine 4-H as well as the Oregon High School Equestrian team for four years. She enjoys anything horse related, including keeping up on her mare Jolene. Savannah has been riding for 15 years and during high school, she was an OHSET State qualifier for 3 years, a PNWIC qualifier for two years, and a PNWIC record holder. Savannah was an Honor Student all four years of high school and the last two years of college. She currently attends Mt. Hood Community College pursuing a business degree and in the future, she plans to transfer to a university to further her education and ultimately end up in the bison industry. If she looks familiar to you it is probably because she was the 2017 Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Princess. Savannah also enjoys working with leather, drawing, spending time at her family ranch in Wallowa, and traveling along the rodeo road chasing adventure. When asked why she wanted to be on the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Court Savannah stated, “I want to be part of the 2019 Canby Rodeo Court, because I want to represent and promote the sport I love most with dedication, grace, leadership, and faith, while educating others about the rodeo lifestyle. This is not only an honor, but an incredible opportunity to make a difference.”

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Maddie Coleman, 24, the daughter of Michael and Gail Coleman, grew up in St. Paul, Oregon. She is a graduate of Sweet Briar College with a BS in Biology and is currently a 3rd year pharmacy student at Oregon State University College of Pharmacy. While at Sweet Briar, Maddie was an active member of the school’s riding program. She participated on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team. Fall Hunter/Equitation team, and American National Riding Commission team. Maddie has been active in high school and college earning a place on Honor Rolls and attaining scholarships. As the 2011 Marion County Dairy Princess Ambassador and the 2018 St. Paul Rodeo Princess, Maddie is accustom to representing the organizations she loves being involved with. In addition to being a collegiate athlete, she completed independent biology research on the native minnows that inhabit the campus streams and also worked as a science outreach student leader, developing science education activities for local youth. As a pharmacy student Maddie enjoys volunteering at health outreach events where she gets to interact with communities all over the Willamette Valley. In the future, she plans to practice community pharmacy in rural and medically underserved areas of Oregon. In Maddie’s words, the reason for wanting to be on the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Court is, “I want to be a member of the 2019 Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Court because I want to be a welcoming representative of the values and sport of rodeo. I want to serve the community as a role model, connecting the public with rodeo and the western lifestyle.”

Congratulations, Maddie Coleman!

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The sport of rodeo today arose out of the real life working practices of cattle ranching families in Spain, Mexico, and later in the United States, Canada, South America and Australia.

Early rodeo-like affairs of the 1820's and 1830's were informal events in the western United States and northern Mexico with cowboys and Vaqueros testing their work skills against one another.

Following the American Civil War, early rodeo competitions emerged with the first being held in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1872, but Prescott, Arizona claims the distinction of holding the first professional rodeo when it charged admission and awarded trophies in 1888. Between 1890 and 1910, rodeo became a public entertainment, sometimes combining Wild West Shows featuring individuals such as Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley, and other charismatic stars. By 1910, several major rodeos were established in

Rodeo Today

Rodeo

The sport of rodeo today offers spectators a window into America's rich rural ranching past, with all the excitement and electricity that today's major modern sporting events have to offer! Rodeo goes with America like apple pie and baseball. Rodeo exemplifies grit and determination - the spirit of American ideals.

Standardized events are designed to test the skill and speed of the human cowboy and cowgirl athletes who participate.

Professional rodeos generally comprises the following events: tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding, and barrel racing.

Events are divided into two basic categories: the rough stock events and the timed events. Depending on sanctioning organization and region, other events such as breakaway roping, goat tying, and pole bending may also be a part of some rodeos.

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The Canby Rodeo, presented by the Clackamas County Fair, is held traditionally the 3rd week in August.  The first sanctioned rodeo in Canby was held in 1958 and was called the "Clackamas County Fair Rodeo".  The rodeo was held on the heels of a very poorly attended Fair the previous year.  The Fair reported that "Fair attendance was down, gate receipts were down, and exhibitor participation was down".

The Fair Board realized that only a dramatic economic change could solve the problem.  The Fair Board sought out the help of Canby resident Craig Landeen, a promotor of rodeo.  Landeen and his wife Marilyn were involved in many facets of rodeo throughout the Northwest, from participation to management.

Craig Landeen was asked for advice concerning possibilities of a rodeo as an attraction to boost attendance to the Fair.  With the blessing and prompting of the Fair Board, Landeen developed a list of prospective stock contractors, costs, risks, publicity possibilities, rodeo format, and extra events.  Landeen then stunned the Fair Board by proposing to squeeze "four hours of rodeo excitement in only two hours"!  The Fair Board liked the proposal!

Today, over 50 years later, spectators are still treated to the tradition "four hours of rodeo excitement in only two hours".  This innovative idea makes Canby Rodeo one of the best rodeos to watch in the Northwest!

Always striving to make a better rodeo, the Canby Rodeo has recently implemented "Same day slack and same day performance". Same day slack and same day performance simply means that timed event competitors will receive both of his or her opportunities or "go-rounds" to compete on the same day of the rodeo. Making it more economical for the cowboy/cowgirl and more enjoyable for the fan!

County fair in 1915
County Fair in 1915

 

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Get Involved

Are you interested in volunteering with the Canby Rodeo?  Or would you like to apply to be a Rodeo Associate?  Send us an email at rhodescj@canby.com to request more information!