Pendleton Round-Up

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Pendleton Round-Up
Calf roping participant in 2004
Genre rodeo
Begins September
Frequency annual
Location(s) Pendleton, Oregon, U.S.
Years active 107
Inaugurated 1910
Capacity 17,000 [1]
PendletonRound-Up is located in Oregon
location in northeastern Oregon

The Pendleton Round-Up at the Pendleton Round-Up Stadium is a major annual rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon, United States. Held during the second full week of September each year since 1910, the rodeo brings roughly 50,000 people every year to the city of Pendleton.[2] The Pendleton Round-Up is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado, inducted the Pendleton Round-Up in 2008.[3]

The Round-Up was incorporated as a non-profit organization July 29, 1910, as the "Northwestern Frontier Exhibition Association."[4] The rodeo was primarily a creation of local ranchers led by Herman Rosenberg.

The Pendleton Round-Up has won the prestigious PRCA Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year award five times: 2003, 2010, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

A 1915 photograph by Walter S. Bowman of Bonnie McCarroll being thrown from a horse named Silver at the Pendleton Round-Up (The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame)

Bronc rider Bonnie McCarroll (1897–1929) died in a rodeo accident at Pendleton. The PRCA, formed in 1936, initially scheduled no events for women as a result of her death.[5]


There are ten events in which cowboys (and girls in Barrel Racing) from all over the United States and Canada compete:

Round-Up week[edit]

Every Round-Up week begins with the Dress Up Parade, on the Saturday before the rodeo, in which different groups throughout Eastern Oregon, including Boy and Girl Scouts, Pendleton High School Band, the Children's Rodeo, and many local businesses, build floats and compete for 1st place.

"Indian War Dancers" at the 1911 Round-Up

Friday of Round-Up week is the Westward Ho! parade, in which every entrant must be in a non-motorized vehicle, most of which are authentic covered wagons and horse-drawn buggies, though some choose to ride horseback or walk.

The Monday and Tuesday before the rodeo begins the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) come and compete in the Happy Canyon Arena.

Wednesday is when both Round-Up and Happy Canyon begin.

Grand entry[edit]

Part of the 2004 Grand Entry parade

The rodeo starts with an extreme run in on horseback of flag bearers; the Flag of the United States, the Flag of Oregon, the Flag of Canada, and the flag of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, then the Round-Up Queen and her court run in on their horses at full speed, make two jumps and stop just before the fence in front of the south grandstand.


The current announcer of the Pendleton Round-Up is Wayne Brooks, while the bullfighters are Dusty Tuckness and Tim O'Conner.

Grand Final Review[edit]

Panorama of the Grand Final Review at the 1911 Round-Up

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "10 more high school football stadiums to see before you die - MaxPreps". 25 July 2014. Retrieved December 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ Frazier, Joseph B. (September 12, 2004). "The buckaroos stop here". San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Pendleton Round-Up - Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame". Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ "History of the Pendleton Roundup". Pendleton Roundup. Retrieved December 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Bonnie McCarroll - Cowgirl Hall of Fame & Museum". Cowgirl Hall of Fame & Museum. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 45°40′N 118°48′W / 45.67°N 118.80°W / 45.67; -118.80