Kaycee Friday Night Rodeos
The early 1800’s saw the westward expansion of America’s border, and Americans from the east came into contact with Spanish, Mexican, Californian, and Texan cowboys and began to copy and adapt their styles and traditions of working the ranches.
Cattle barons produced cattle in the West which fed the massive population in the eastern United States, and the cattle business boomed. Ranchers would organize long cattle drives to bring cattle to the stockyards, where trains would carry the cattle east. This was the golden age of the cowhand, who made their living on the many ranches and cattle trails.
At the end of the long cattle trails, these new American “Cowboys” would often hold informal competitions among themselves and the various different outfits to see which group had the best riders, ropers, and all-around best drovers. It would be from these competitions that modern rodeo would eventually be born.
Eventually, cowboys were supplementing their income at their usual informal competitions, which were now being held in front of paying spectators. Small towns across the frontier would hold annual stock horse shows, known as ‘rodeos’, or ‘gatherings’. Cowboys would often travel to these gatherings and put on what would be known then as ‘Cowboy Competitions’.
Spectators would now pay to see the competitions and cowboys would pay to compete, with their money going into the prize pool. Many towns began to organize and promote their local rodeo, just as they do today. In frontier towns all over the west, like Kaycee, the rodeo became the most anticipated event of the year.
Kaycee has several rodeo events throughout the summer months from May to September. Friday Night Rodeos celebrate the cowboy way of life that helped form this historic community.
Join us for loads of fun! 2017 Dates: May 26; June 2,16,30; July 7,21,28; Aug 18,25
For more information or to enter please visit the Kaycee Friday Night Facebook page or call: 307-621-0163
Kaycee, Wyoming….where the pavement ends and the West begins!
Rodeos celebrate the cowboy way of life that helped form this historic community. You don’t want to miss this wonderful old time Western atmosphere! The whole day is family and kid friendly! Dutch Oven Cook-off! Western Art Show! Close-up Dinner! In 2016 the event was filled with great cowboy talent and with many of the community ranches involved with a ranch team. The events included Ranch Bronc Riding, Wild Cow Milking, Team Trailering, Team Doctoring, Team Sorting and Team Branding. Ranch Rodeo is one of the fastest growing spectator sports in the west. For more information on Ranch Rodeos, rules and how to enter: feel free to go to and go to the Ranch Rodeo tab. We truly appreciate your help in keeping the Old West alive with this annual salute to our community’s roots.
Any questions, feel free to contact
Dona Vold Larsen
Web Page: TripleVRodeo Company