Friday, September 9, 2016

World's First Rodeo held in Deer Trail, Colorado

The first rodeo was held in Deer Trail, CO on July 4, 1869. The historical significance, and the account of the event was written about by a reporter in the “Field and Farm” magazine. The area ranches came with their outlaw horses and best cowboys to the “Bronco Bustin’ Contest”. The prize was a suit of clothes which was awarded to the Champion Bronc Buster of the Plains, Emiline Gardenshire of the Milliron Ranch. Emiline rode fifteen minutes on the back of Montana Blizzard, the worst outlaw of the bunch.

Deer Trail, Colorado, way out on East Colfax Avenue, has been recognized as the Home of the World’s First Rodeo by the Pro-Rodeo Hall of Fame, Colorado State Legislature, the History Channel, Guinness Book of World Records and many other publications.

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