Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo

Rodeo in Abilene! July 31-August 1-2-3, 2019. Bulls, broncs and barrels on July 31. All 7 PRCA rodeo events on August 1-2-3.

The Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo, named one of the top 5 professional outdoor rodeos in America for 1995, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2011 and 2016, and the Top Large Outdoor Rodeo in the Prairie Circuit for 2003, brings you America’s original extreme sport. Bareback Riding Riding is done with a one hand rigging. The rider must have the spurs over the point of the horse’s shoulders when the horse’s inside shoulder breaks the plane of the chute and rides for eight seconds without touching the free hand or being bucked off to have a qualified ride. Steer Wrestling The Bulldogger starts on horseback in a box. Wrestlers must remain behind the rope barrier until the steer crosses the advantage point line or a 10 second penalty will be added. The wrestler, assisted by a hazer to keep the steer close, pursues the steer. The wrestler slips out of the saddle, down onto the steer’s back, sliding forward to grab the steer’s horns, extending his legs to slow the steer and wrestle it to the ground. All four legs of the steer must be extended on the same side to be legal. Saddle Bronc Riding Rodeo’s “classic” event, saddle bronc riding, has roots that run deep in history of the Old West. A hack-rein and a modified saddle are used in this event. The rider must have the spurs over the point of the horse’s shoulders when the horse’s inside shoulder breaks the plane of the chute and ride for eight seconds without touching horse or saddle with the free hand, losing a stirrup, or being bucked off to qualify. Tie Down Roping The Cowboy starts on horseback in a box. Ropers must remain behind the rope barrier until the calf crosses the advantage point line or a 10 second penalty will be added. The roper ropes the calf, dismounts and throws the calf, and ties three of the four legs. The roper must get the calf up if it is down when he gets to it and then throw it. There is a maximum of 25 seconds allowed to complete the catch and tie. Team Roping The only true team event in the sport of rodeo. Comprised of a Header and a Heeler. The steer is given a head start that is determined by the size of the arena. If the header leaves the box before then the team is assessed a 10 second penalty. The Header’s job is to rope the animal around the head and change the animal’s direction so that the heeler can attempt to rope both hind feet. If the Heeler ropes only one hind foot a five second penalty will be assessed. This event takes precise timing and great team work. The team roping best typifies how sick or injured animals are treated on the range today. It is a very safe and effective method for keeping herds of cattle healthy. There were 68 teams entered last year. Barrel Racing In barrel racing, the contestant enters the arena at full speed on a sprinting American Quarter Horse. As they start the pattern, the horse and rider trigger an electronic eye that starts the clock. Then the racer rides a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels positioned in the arena, and sprints back out of the arena, tripping the eye and stopping the clock as she leaves. The contestant can touch or even move the barrels, but receives a five-second penalty for each barrel that is overturned. Bull Riding Riding is done with one hand and loose rope, with or without hand hold. Rope must have a bell. Riders will be disqualified for being bucked off or touching animal with free hand or not completing the 8 second ride. The winner of the event will be the rider with the highest marking on the bull ridden. All-Around Cowboy The All-Around Cowboy is considered by many to be the most talented and versatile cowboy. The PRCA cowboy, who wins the most prize money while competing in at least two events, wins the all-around crown. The All-Around Cowboy for the 2010 Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo was Trevor Brazile, Decatur, TX (competed in Team Roping and Tie-Down Roping); winning $2,517.97. This was the sixth year that Trevor Brazile won the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo All-Around Cowboy Title. Trevor Brazile also claimed a record eighth All-Around World Title at the 2010 National Finals Rodeo.

Thank you to our 30-year sponsors (Left to Right) Chris West – West Plaza Country Mart, Nick Rohleder – Pioneer Farm & Ranch Supply, Dustin Deweese – Pinnacle Bank, Jill, Trent, Karl Ann Langvardt – J.C. & Clay Center Livestock Sales, Inc., Don Nebelsick – Don’t Tire & Supply, Kenny Roelofsen – Abilene Machine

Thank you to our 10-year sponsors (left to right) Ryan Issacson – Issacson Trucking, Chris Bielefeld – Scoular Grain, Eric Stubbs – Master Ag Air, Inc., Joan Sherbert – Dr. Jeffrey Luty, O.D./P.A., Gwin Kline – Propane Central, Jan & Brad Dunlap – John’s Wrecker, Steve & Carol Hoover – Hoover Tarp Sales, Dennis Weese – Eagle Communications, Mike Burgdolf, Scott Hargreaves – ADM Milling

Results from last weekend's rodeo.

WBHR 2019 Pink Night - Friday

Friday Night Mutton Bustin’ winners! (Left to Right) Lane Combs - First Place, Jamie Nemechek - Miss Rodeo Miss Rodeo K-State, Adalyn Habiger - Second Place

Saturday Night Mutton Bustin’ winners! (Left to Right) Jade Wilson - Second Place, Jamie Nemechek - Miss Rodeo Miss Rodeo K-State, Josie Wilson - First Place.

WBHR 2019 Thursday Night

Andrews Rodeo Company horses relaxing before the rodeo.... we loved having them (and their humans) in town!!
Safe travels, Sammy and crew, to your next rodeo!

That's a wrap, Abilene.
It was a blast.
See you in 2020.

We’ve crowned our 2019 rodeo champs!
Congrats to Ty Blessing bareback/saddle bronc rider and Will Lowe (bareback riding co-champions); Stockton Graves and Cody Devers (steer wrestling co-champions); Colt Gordon (saddle bronc riding); tie-down ropers J.d. McCuistion and Treg Schaack (8.5 seconds each); team ropers Luke Brown and Paul Eaves (4.3 seconds); barrel racer Leia Nicole Pluemer(17.52 seconds); and bull rider Trey Benton Professional Rodeo Athlete (87 points).

He's ready to rodeo in @visitabileneks !
74th annual #wildbillhickokrodeo

More rodeo tonight! Last night of the #wildbillhickokrodeo in Abilene

Your last chance to rodeo with us in 2019.... Abilene, Kansas.
We kick it off at 7:30 pm !!!
See YOU there!

The annual softball game! Committee vs. cowboys, and the cowboys won!

High score bull ride for tonight's rodeo.
@tyler_bingham rides for 84 points!!

A little fancy trick roping at the #wildbillhickokrodeo
It's worth the price of admission, just to see Rider Kiesner Western Entertainer perform!
Tomorrow night, last night of the rodeo.
August 3.

It's pink night at #wildbillhickokrodeo !!

The Smith, Hottman, Brown, Shelley, and Hicks families gather for the rodeo tonight!
All decked out in pink!

The rodeo tonight (August 2) is NOT cancelled, due to weather or rain.
We will rodeo, rain or shine.
Join us!! 7:30 pm.
PINK night! Wear your pink!

It's pink night at the #wildbillhickokrodeo!
We'll pick up donations to help those in Dickinson County undergoing cancer treatment.
Tonight, Fri., August 2, in Visit Abilene Kansas!
7:30 pm.

Thursday night Mutton Bustin’ winners! (Left to Right) Wesley Whitehair - 2nd place, Jamie Nemechek - Miss Rodeo Miss Rodeo K-State, Bentley Farmer - 1st place

Wednesday night Mutton Bustin’ winners! (Left to Right) Cooper Paige - 1st place, Jamie Nemechek - Miss Rodeo Miss Rodeo K-State, Braxton Woods - 2nd place

[08/02/19]   Today's golf tournament has been cancelled.

We appreciate the help from Rocking M Media in getting the word out about our 74th annual Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo!
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WBHR 2019 Bulls, Broncs & Barrels - Wednesday

Luke Brown and Paul Eaves are now winning the team roping with a smokin’ 4.3!!

Rider Kiesner and Bethany’s beautiful horses, getting ready to show off their talents!

Will Lowe goes to the top of the leaderboard with an 83.5 in the bareback riding!

Join us for the Abilene rodeo!! Performance kicks off at 7:30!

It's parade day in Visit Abilene Kansas!
Parade through Abilene beginning at 4 pm.
Then join us at the #wildbillhickokrodeo for rodeo at 7:30 pm!

A big shout-out to O'Reilly Auto Parts and Casey's General Store for ridin' for the brand with us!

LOVE these little mutton bustin' kids... Might be a year or two for the tiny one!

Slack going on right now!!!
The 74th annual edition of the #wildbillhickokrodeo has officially kicked off!!!!

Plenty of this coming up this week....

Abilene rodeo, Wed. through Sat. this week!!
Get on out to Visit Abilene Kansas!!!
July 31-August 1-2-3. 7:30 pm each night!!!


Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo Ticket Giveaway

YOU could win #wildbillhickokrodeo tickets, plus Casey's General Store goodies, from Power Hits 97.5!!!
Click on the link below!

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The buckle auction is going in, right now! Some beautiful things for sale tonight at the Shockey and Landes building in Abilene!

Let's do a contest, friends.
Fill in the blank: "It's rodeo and fair week and _______"
Winner is randomly chosen and wins 2 rodeo tickets plus 2 Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers combo meals.

It's fair and rodeo week in Abilene, Kansas!!
Can I get a Yee-haw and a Wa-hoo???
July 31-August 1-2-3!

Due to major road construction in Abilene we suggest the following route to the Arena. If exiting off of I-70 go south on Buckeye (K-15) to 7th street and turn right(west) Follow NW 7th over the bridge and the Arena will be on your left. PLEASE do NOT make a right on NW 14th (Sonic intersection) as the traffic is terrible especially with a trailer.

This little sweetie is the winner of the B104.7 #1 For Country Cutest Lil' Cowgirl contest!
She, along with Miss Rodeo K-State and other rodeo personnel will be eating lunch at Mr. K's Farmhouse next week!
Congrats, Avia!

OUR WINNER!!! With nearly 950 votes, Avia is our #CutestLittleCowgirl!!! She was pulled up on stage at Kane Brown's concert back in June and got to meet her favorite singer! She and her family get a prize pack from B104.7 and the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo, which includes lunch at Mr. K's Farmhouse, tickets to the rodeo, and Kansas City Royals tickets!

This beautiful oil painting will be up for auction at the buckle auction on Monday, July 29 at the Shockey and Landes building in Abilene, Kansas.
Also selling will be the commemorative rodeo buckles for 2019, two guns, six above-the-chute tickets for EACH night of rodeo,and more!
The painting features Mike Mathis (Shan Harvell Mathis).

We're proud to have Freddy's Frozen Custards and Steakburgers of Salina as a sponsor of the rodeo!

Let's do another contest, friends....
Create the name of a bull and be entered to win 2 #wildbillhickokrodeo tickets and 2 combo meals for Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers!!

[07/25/19]   Attention Mutton Busters. Somewhere along the way this year the weight was changed to 65 pounds and was put on the website. The paperwork shows 60 pounds and so with this discrepancy we will go with the 65 pound weight limit this year. Next year it may go down to 60 but as of this year we will honor the 65 pound weight limit. Thank you for inquiring and I hope this answers your question. Jason

So happy to say that the Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers of Salina food truck will be at the Central Kansas Free Fair July 31-August 3!!!
Woo hooo!!!

Let's do a contest, friends.
If you could take 1 person to the Abilene rodeo, who would it be?
Tag them in your post and be entered to win 2 rodeo tickets!!!

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More rodeo tonight! Last night of the #wildbillhickokrodeo in Abilene
Plenty of this coming up this week....
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Bull riding at the Abilene rodeo!
Central Kansas Free Fair parade
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Roping practice at the Abilene Rodeo.
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