RENO, Nev. — As one of the premier stops on the Pro Rodeo Tour, Reno Rodeo attendees can always expect to see some of the world’s best athletes compete in events like bareback, team roping, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, women’s barrel racing, women’s breakaway roping and bull riding.
And while some things remain steadfast, event organizers also have a few new and exciting elements to add to the mix including a new clown and barrelman, new events and an exciting new specialty act to close out the nightly performance.
Rodeo Clown/Barrelman Dennis Halstead
Dennis Halstead comes to Reno Rodeo for the first time in 2022. Halstead retired from a 30-year career as a Calgary fireman and now spends much of the year on the road crisscrossing the U.S. and Canada where his zany humor and hilarious rodeo acts are enjoyed by fans of all ages.
He’s a seven-time Canadian Pro Rodeo Entertainer of the Year, two-time Canadian Finals Rodeo Clown/Barrelman and three-time Dodge RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Clown/Barrelman.
The Reno – Invitational Barrel Race
Reno Rodeo will host a new exclusive invitational barrel race, known as “The Reno.” Produced by Patriot Events, the Biggest Little Barrel Race in the World will feature the top 200 invited barrel racers who will compete for more than $100,000 in prize money. The Reno will be held on Monday, June 20 starting at 8 a.m. in the Reno-Sparks Livestock Event Center. Admission is free.
Miniature Bull Riding
Fans can watch Miniature Bull Riding at the Reno Rodeo for the first time June 21-24 during the evening performance (Wild Pony Races return June 17-20).
One of the fastest-growing rodeo sports, miniature bull riding involves a youth rider getting on a miniature bull and attempting to stay mounted while the animal attempts to buck them off. Five of the world premiere youth bull riders ages 5-17 will compete for the highest event score to win the prestigious Reno Rodeo youth bull riding buckle.
The competitors are trained in the fundamentals of bull riding, such as form, where to place their arms and how to move their hips. As the kids get older, the rides get more challenging, with the teenagers preparing to graduate to professional bull riding.
Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo
“Cowboy” Kenny Bartram from Stillwater, Okla. brings the best high-flying freestyle motocross action to rodeo audiences across the country.
One of the most successful riders in FMX tour history, Bartram has won 10 medals at the X Games and Gravity Games, and seven World Championships including the Van’s Triple Crown and Dew Tours.
In addition to his professional riding success, Bartram has been featured on many television productions, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 60 Minutes, and Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Ride Challenge. He has also been featured in music videos with country music stars such as Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Cagle, and Bucky Covington.
At 42 years old, Bartram continues to fly more than 75 feet with incredible tricks and maneuvers in the air on his dirt bike at rodeos and other community events across the country. Reno Rodeo attendees will see Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo in the arena each night at the conclusion of the evening performance.
The action isn’t just in the arena, however. There’s also a full carnival, the Double R Marketplace, a food court, the Jack and Coors tents and much more. For more information about the Reno Rodeo, set for June 16-25, visit renorodeo.com.
Tickets are on sale now at RenoRodeo.com/tickets or in person at the Reno Rodeo Association office located at the Livestock Events Center, most easily accessed from Sutro St. through Gate 6. Reno Rodeo encourages fans to only purchase tickets through official channels to avoid being overcharged by third-party ticket resellers. For ticket-related questions call 775-329-3877 ext. 132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Reno Rodeo
The Reno Rodeo is a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctioned sporting event, and one of the top rodeos in North America. Reno Rodeo Association is a non-profit organization made up of over 500 volunteers. The 2022 Reno Rodeo is scheduled for June 16-25. Competition includes bareback, team roping, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, women’s barrel racing, women’s breakaway roping and bull riding. Like Reno Rodeo on Facebook and Instagram, follow us on Twitter, or for more information on the Reno Rodeo, visit www.renorodeo.com.