Both the Sandhills Stock Show and Rodeo in Odessa, Texas, and the National Western Stock Show in Denver took a break from their Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association performances.
The Odessa rodeo, which features six performances, ran last Friday-Saturday, then resumed Wednesday night for the final four shows. The Denver event used Monday-Wednesday’s show times for the Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro Division event. In both cases, there was plenty of activity and competition going on, from the PBR near the Rocky Mountains to the Super Tuesday Roping in West Texas.
Both events have reasons for pauses for the cause in their PRCA rodeo, and I suspect it’s about fan attendance — Denver is trying to draw more fans to those three days and uses the stand-alone bull riding to do so, while Odessa seems to cut costs and market its break differently.
I say organizers at both need to do what’s best for them. But whatever they do, I hope both Denver and Odessa continue to promote and draw more fans to the sport.