After a long day of shopping and watching demonstrations, be sure to end the day at one of our premiere evening shows!
It's Rough! It's Tough!
Two Nights of Unforgettable Entertainment at the 2014 Midwest Horse Fair!
Midwest Horse Fair is excited to announce that for the first time ever, 2014 will feature not one, but two nights of PRCA Rodeo – Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the John Deere Coliseum.
Friday night's PRCA Rodeo, presented by Nutrena will feature all seven rodeo competitions with non-stop action, plus throw in some world class entertainers and you’ll have a night to remember!
But the rodeo action won’t stop there, Saturday night’s PRCA rodeo, presented by Blain’s Farm & Fleet will have more thrilling rodeo rides and more entertainment than ever before. Be prepared to be awed and entertained all night long!
Barnes PRCA Rodeo, the longest family-run rodeo business in the U.S. with over 60 years’ rodeo experience, will present the competition. The rodeo is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), the governing body of rodeo in North America. Over 600 PRCA rodeos are held each year.
THE SEVEN STANDARD PRCA RODEO EVENTS:
Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, and Bull Riding:
The objective is to stay on the bucking bronc or bull for a full eight seconds. The cowboy is allowed to hang on with one hand, but watch the other — if it touches anything else, the rider is disqualified.
The cowboy, known as the “bulldogger,” races against time to wrestle the steer to the ground, while a second rider, the “hazer,” makes sure the steer runs in a straight line. The timer stops once all four legs of the steer are off the ground.
Communication is the watchword for this timed event that traces its roots back to the ranch, when ranch hands would have to catch large steers. The “header,” the cowboy who ropes the front of the steer, works together with the “heeler,” the one responsible for the hind legs.
The cowboy is timed as he ropes a calf, jumps off his horse, gets the calf to the ground – known as flanking – and ties three legs together with a pigging string. The cowboy throws his arms in the air to signal that the calf is tied, then remounts his horse, loosens the rope on the calf and waits six seconds to make sure the calf stays tied.
Speed, detail, and accuracy are the only requirements for these cowgirls. The barrels are run in a cloverleaf pattern and the fastest time wins. Knocking over a barrel results in a time penalty of .51
The Midwest Horse Fair Friday Night PRCA Rodeo is proudly presented by Nutrena
The Midwest Horse Fair Saturday Night PRCA Rodeo is proudly presented by Blain's Farm & Fleet
A separate ticket is required for the evening shows. Please note that the Coliseum will be cleared each night and spectators must have a ticket to re-enter for the Friday and Saturday evening rodeos.
Rodeo tickets will be available to the public through Ticketmaster starting January 6.