Fiesta Horse Show and Rodeo
Scroll through the Fiesta Rodeo slideshow above (Photos: Fritz Olenberger, courtesy of Old Spanish Days)
Every year the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association hosts a series of Fiesta events, including Bareback Riding, Tie-down Roping, Steer Stopping, Mutton Bustin’, Saddle Bronc Riding, PRCA Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.
The Fiesta Stock Horse Show began in 1924 as a Saturday only stock horse show event held at the old Pershing Park arena on Castillo Street. During the very first fiestas, a “competencia de vaqueros” was the highlight of the festivities. Rancher and now household street-name, J. J. Hollister, sponsored a handmade saddle to the winner of the stock horse class as a way to encourage the development of superior cow working horses.
In 1958 the Fiesta Stock Horse Show was moved to the Earl Warren Showgrounds and professional rodeo was added to the show, which consists of professional steer wrestling, team roping, bareback broncos, saddle broncos, and bull riding. The name of the event was also changed to the Old Spanish Days Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo.
According to Fiesta Rodeo history, the main goal is to bring to town the cowboys from the many local ranches in the Tri-Counties. They must live within the Tri-Counties (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Ventura) to be eligible to compete. The objective is to get local amateur horsemen competing among themselves to see who has the best horse, or is the best roper, brander, etc.
More Fiesta Rodeo history can be found here.