Sedro-Woolley Riding & Racing Club - Home of the 3rd and 4th of July Rodeo since 1944
The Sedro-Woolley Riding Club (SWRC) has a long-standing relationship with the City of Sedro-Woolley and Skagit County which we pride ourselves on delivering quality events that support and entertain our community. We’ve always operated under the philosophy of “go big or go home”, and it’s not worth doing if we cannot give 100%!
With that said, the SWRC board of directors reluctantly drug it’s feet as long as we dared for planning purposes and have made the disappointing decision to not have a rodeo in 2021 and come back in 2022 like a National Finals Rodeo Championship win in the 10th round to secure a world title!
With the current restrictions and guidelines hindering us from having a full crowd, vendors, giving our generous sponsors the recognition they deserve, a fully operation beer garden and doing our rodeo “Sedro-Woolley Style”, we won’t settle for anything less.
As a volunteer board, make no mistake this was an agonizing decision and one that we pondered and worked from all angles. It costs tens of thousands of dollars to put on a quality rodeo. We recoup that cost through our generous sponsors and a full gate attendance. The current and foreseeable state guidelines prohibit us from doing that and we’d risk the whole club from a financial aspect and from a regulatory penalty aspect (currently at a maximum of 25% capacity or 900 people). WE WANT TO RODEO and bring you the best the PRCA has to offer and do it in Sedro Woolley Style and we’ll accept nothing less. Our Rodeo Director and retired Sedro-Woolley Chief of Police Doug Wood says it best, “It may not be right and it may not be fair, but its real.”
Don't miss the 86th annual Sedro-Woolley Rodeo! The rodeo is sanctioned by PRCA, hosted by the Sedro-Woolley Riding club and sponsored by local businesses. The PRCA is the largest and oldest rodeo-sanctioning body in the world! The PRCA is committed to maintaining the highest standards in the industry in every area, from improving working conditions for contestants and monitoring livestock welfare to boosting entertainment value and promoting sponsors.
The Sedro-Woolley Riding Club is thrilled to welcome back the Skagit Rein Riders Drill Team and the Skagit County Mounted Shooters. The show takes place at the rodeo grounds on Polte Road. Featured events include grand entry, stick pony races, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, breakaway roping, bareback riding, ranch saddle bronc riding, bull riding and more.
The Grand Entry is the kick-off to the Sedro Woolley Rodeo. Riders carrying flags for the many sponsors of our event, along with past and present rodeo queens and the flags representing the United States, Canada and Breast Cancer awareness fill the arena for astonishing start to the event.
Bareback riding is one of the most physically demanding events in rodeo. A bareback rider sits directly on a bucking horse, with only his own "riggin" to hang onto. As the horse comes out of the chute, the cowboy's feet must be above the break of the horse's shoulders. He holds hit feet up at least through the horse's first move, usually a jump, then spurs the horse on each jump, matching the horse's rhythm and showing control rather than flopping around. He may not touch the horse, his equipment or himself with his free hand. If the ride lasts eight seconds, two judges award up to 25 points for the cowboy's "exposure" to the strength of the horse and his spurring technique and up to 25 points each for the horse's bucking strength and moves.
To start this sprinting event, the tie-down roper and his horse back into the box; the cowboy carries a rope in one hand and a "piggin' string" in his mouth. When the cowboy nods, the chute opens and the calf gets a head start. The cowboy throws a loop over its head; his horse stops and pulls the rope taut while the cowboy jumps off, dashes down the rope, lays the calf on the ground and uses the piggin' string to tie any three of its legs together. Then he lifts his hands to show he is finished, and the field flag judge drops a flag to stop the clock. The horse is trained to keep the rope taut until the cowboy remounts and moves the horse toward the calf, giving the rope slack. If the calf's legs stay tied correctly for six seconds, it's a qualified run and the time stands.
Steer wrestling demands coordination between two mounted cowboys - the contestant and a hazer who controls the steer's direction - and their horses. The cowboys back their horses into the box on each side of the steer. When the contestant nods, the chute gate opens and the steer gets a head start before the cowboy start to chase him. As the steer wrestler draws even, he dismounts from his horse, which is moving at perhaps 30 miles per hour. He grasps the steer's horns and digs his boot heels into the dirt to slow down the 500 - 600 pound steer. Then he wrestles the steer onto its side; when all four legs point in the same direction, the clock stops. Times vary widely depending on the size of the arena.
Team ropers work as partners; one header and one heeler who move in precise coordination. They and their horses start in the "box." When the header nods, the chute gate opens and the steer gets a head start. The header throws the first loop, which must catch the steer's head or horns, protected by a horn wrap. Then the header dallies - wraps his rope around his saddle horn - and moves his horse to pull the rope taut, changing the direction of the steer. That gives the heeler the opportunity to catch both of the steer's hind legs with his own rope; most heelers try to time their throws to catch the legs when they are in the air. After the catch, the heeler also dallies, to stop the steer. When the ropes are taut and both horses face the steer, the time is recorded. Times vary widely depending on the size of the area.
In rodeo's classic event, the saddle bronc rider sits on a specialized saddle - it has no horn, and the stirrups are set forward. In the chute, the cowboy adjusts his grip on the rein and perhaps the horse's position. When the gate opens, his boots must be above the breaks of the horse's shoulders. After the horse's first move, usually a jump, the cowboy begins spurring in log, smooth strokes, in sync with the horse's jumps - legs straight when the bronc comes down, toward the back of the saddle at the top of the jump. His only handhold is a six-foot braided rope; his free hand may not touch his equipment, his body or the horse. If the ride lasts the required eight seconds, it is scored by two judges - one on each side - who assess difficulty and control. Each judge awards up to 25 points for the cowboy's performance and up to 25 points for the animal's performance, for the potential of 100 points.
Barrel racing is just that - a race against time in a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels set up in the arena. A rider can choose to begin the cloverleaf pattern to the right or left. The time begins when the horse and rider cross the predetermined start line and stops when they come back across the same line. Each run is timed to the hundredths of a second,, making each fraction of a second count. Each tipped-over barrel adds a five-second penalty to the time.
The horse and the ride of this event must work together. Both women and boys (age 16 and under) may compete. Horned cattle are not allowed in this event. This would include any cattle that has horns longer than two inches on it's head. The rider must have the end of their rope tied to the saddle horn and a brightly colored flag at the end. The calf then gets a head start before the horse and rider is allowed to begin. If the barrier is broken at the start line, the rider receives a 10 second penalty. When the loop of the rope passes over the head of the calf, the rider pulls in the slack and stops the horse in it's tracks! The rope then breaks away from the saddle horn to avoid injury to the calf. When the breakaway rope falls to the ground the official time is stopped and the rider with the shortest time wins.
Bull riding is rodeo's most dangerous event. In the chute, the bull rider settles on the bull's back, wraps his braided rope around the bull's girth, then loops the rope around his hand and back into his palm so he can grip it tightly. When he nods, the gate is opened and the bull lunges out of the chute. Spurring is optional - the primary goal for the cowboy is to stay on for eight seconds without touching himself, his equipment or the bull with his free hand. The cowboy will be scored highly for staying in the middle of the bull, in full control of his ride. If the ride lasts the required eight seconds, it is scored by two judges who assess difficulty (the bull's spinning, jumping and kicking, lunging, rearing and dropping, and side-to-side motion) as well as the cowboy's degree of control. Each judge awards up to 25 points for the cowboy's performance and up to 25 point for the animal's performance, for a potential of 100 points.
Rodeo Director - Doug Wood 360-661-6824 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Arena Director - Kristen VanValkenburg
Advertising Director - Charley Anderson
Royalty Director - Drew Aldridge
Gate & Parking Director - Timothy Moore
Grand Entry - Kim Frye, Dorothy Elsner & Shelby Hurley
Announcer - Zane Parker
Clown - Josh Sheppard
Concessions - Melissa Moore & C4 Volunteers
Stock Contractor - Aces Wild
Veterinarian - Mount Vernon Veterinary Hospital
Medical Staff - District 8 Fire Department
National Anthem - David Walde & Timothy Moore
Program Design & Printing - Sound Publishing
All all of our amazing sponsors!