Stock Horse Show and Rodeo Highlights
Scroll through the above photos by Fritz Olenberger
By edhat staff
Photographer Fritz Olenberger attended the Fiesta Stock Horse Show and Rodeo on Sunday and captured photos of the main events.
The four-day event at the Earl Warren Showgrounds hosted Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) 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 was once a Saturday afternoon only event dating back to 1924 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. Cowboys from surrounding ranches came to town to show off their roping and riding skills and the young horses they were training. Rancher 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 changing the name to the Old Spanish Days Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo.
Rodeo participants must live within the Tri-Counties (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Ventura) to be eligible to compete. The goal is to get local amateur horsemen competing among themselves to see who has the best horse, or is the best roper, brander, etc.
However, the most crowd-pleasing event is the mutton bustin' to watch little cowgirls and cowboys compete on the backs of sheep.
Learn more at www.sbfiestarodeo.org