A Wild West Horsback Riding Vacation
ProRodeo – A Kinder, Safer Rodeo?
If your memories of ProRodeo evoke wild-eyed bulls, bucking broncos and clowns running in to save cowboys from first-hand encounters with the tip of a brahma bull horn, you won’t be disappointed. However, times have changed for the better at rodeos. While I wouldn’t call this a horseback riding vacation, bronc and bull riders now wear flak jackets and helmets to protect them from serious injury. These top caliber athletes wouldn’t be able to win money if they didn’t value their animals and insure that their livestock was in peak condition. Personally, I feel better knowing that the rodeo contestants and judges abide by a code of humane treatment of animals.
Biggest Little Show
Billed as the Biggest Little Show in the World, the 71st Annual Sisters Rodeo takes place June 10, 11 and 12, 2011. Back in the day, I used to show horses at the Junior Grand National Horse Show held at the Cow Palace outside of San Francisco, California. And while I wasn’t a bareback bronc rider, this wasn’t my first rodeo experience. However, it was my family’s first time to the rodeo.
We stayed at the pet-friendly Five Pine Lodge during our horseback riding vacation in Sisters, Oregon. Families with young children might consider a stay at the Best Western Ponderosa. You’ve got to stop and feed the llamas!
What are your favorite things to do in Sisters, Oregon?
Photos by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown
If You Go:
Sisters Rodeo 1 (800) 827-7522 or (541) 549-0121
Long Hollow Ranch, Sisters, Oregon
Cowboy Christmas in Sisters, Oregon