Rodeo action in The Natural State

The rodeo is a classic Arkansas tradition that excites crowds with everything from saddle bronc riding, breakaway roping, goat tying, steer wrestling and calf roping to team roping, barrel racing, cutting, bull riding, bareback riding and pole bending.

Talented athletes take part in a number of events, ranging from open horse shows in Quitman to the Old Fort Days Futurity in Fort Smith to bull riding in Ash Flat and scheduled clinics around the state. Arkansas cowgirl rodeo royalty hold court over rodeos and parades. And, of course, a rodeo wouldn't be a rodeo without the always-entertaining clowns who run around the arena.

From high school to amateur to pro rodeo events, wranglers, ropers and rodeo fans will find plenty of thrills and spills events on the schedule from which to choose. Springdale hosts the annual Rodeo of the Ozarks, Fort Smith puts on the Old Fort Days Rodeo, Conway is home to the Central Arkansas PRCA Rodeo, Calico Rock has held an annual rodeo and parade for the last 50 years, and Huntsville offers a Western Round Up Dance with live music, toe tappin', knee slappin' fun in preparation for its IPRA Rodeo.