For the first time in 29 years, rodeo returns to Madison Square Garden with world champions set to compete for $1 million in Rodeo New York from June 19-21, 2020.

JUNE 10, 2019, NEW YORK, NEW YORK — THE COWBOY CHANNEL and The Madison Square Garden Company today announced that after 29 years, rodeo is set to return to Madison Square Garden in New York City for the Cowboy Channel’s Rodeo New York, set to take place Father’s Day weekend June 19–21, 2020. Tickets go on sale June 11, 2019, for this three-day, action-packed event that will bring together 65 of the top professional rodeo athletes to compete for a payout of $1 million in prize money. 

Barrel racers confirmed to compete are Sherry Cervi, Callie duPerier, Hailey Kinsel, Lisa Lockhart, Brittany Pozzi, Amberley Snyder, Fallon Taylor.

“The entire western sports industry is thrilled to come together to bring championship rodeo back to Madison Square Garden for the first time in nearly 30 years,” The Cowboy Channel founder Patrick Gottsch said.  “Every world champion cowboy and cowgirl, along with this country’s most prestigious stock owners and contractors, jumped at the chance to showcase their talents on the floor of The World’s Most Famous Arena.  New York is in for a real treat, as this will be the very best that rodeo has to offer.  We are especially enthused to have Rodeo New York take place on Father’s Day weekend in 2020. I hope that many people will choose to bring Dad to the rodeo and experience some genuine western lifestyle at this family-friendly event.”

The Cowboy Channel is the first 24-hour network dedicated to western sports and lifestyle. Based in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards in Texas, The Cowboy Channel broadcasts content focused on rodeo, bull riding, roping, reining, barrel racing, and other western sports genres, along with western fashion, music, and movies to more than 42 million homes through Altice, Charter Spectrum, DISH Network, DIRECTV®, AT&T U-Verse, Cox, Comcast, Mediacom, Verizon FIOS TV, and many other rural cable systems. In addition, it can be streamed via Sling TV’s Heartland Extra package.

“We are honored to welcome championship rodeo back to New York City and The World’s Most Famous Arena in 2020,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Sports. “Madison Square Garden has a long relationship with rodeo dating back to 1922, and we are thrilled to bring this hugely popular western sport back to our fans for the first time since 1991.”

Ticket information for Rodeo New York can be found HERE. Ticket prices range from $25-$550, encompassing eight pricing tiers for every level of rodeo fan and may be purchased beginning June 11 at the links below.

FRIDAY 7PM, June 19th, 2020 –

SATURDAY 12PM, June 20th, 2020 –

SATURDAY 7PM, June 20th, 2020 –

SUNDAY 12PM, June 21st, 2020 –

Four-Event Package –

Cowboy Channel’s Rodeo New York will showcase world champions across eight of rodeo’s signature events. 

Rodeo events will include:

Bareback: Bareback is one of the most physically demanding of all the rodeo events, featuring a cowboy attempting to ride a bucking horse with no stirrups or seat, for eight seconds. There are 50 possible points awarded for the horse’s bucking ability, and 50 for the cowboy’s riding style.

Confirmed to Compete: Richie Champion, Kaycee Feild, Will Lowe, Tim O’Connell, Steven Peebles, Jake Vold

Saddle Bronc: Known as the rodeo’s classic event, saddle bronc riding is judged similarly to bareback riding but there are additional possibilities to being disqualified: losing a stirrup or dropping the thickly braided rein that is attached to the horse’s halter.

Confirmed to Compete: Cort Scheer, Wade Sundell, Zeke Thurston, Spencer Wright, Jesse Wright

Team Roping: In team roping, two ropers, a “header” and a “heeler,” work together to catch a steer in the fastest time possible. The header throws his rope first and must catch the steer with support from the heeler once he is roped to steer them left.

Confirmed to Compete: Trevor Brazile, Jeremy Buhler, Jade Corkill, Kaleb Driggers, Paul Eaves, Wyatt Imus, Chad Masters, Junior Nogueira, Cory Petska, Erich Rogers, Levi Simpson, Clay Smith, Clay Tryan

Tie-Down Roping: Tie down roping is an authentic ranch skill that originated from working cowboys. Once the calf has been roped, the cowboy dismounts and runs down the length of the rope to the calf. Once he reaches the calf, the cowboy ties three legs together with a six-foot pigging string. The calf must remain tied for 6 seconds or the cowboy is disqualified.

Confirmed to Compete: Trevor Brazile, Marcos Costa, Tuf Cooper, Tyson Durfey, Shane Hanchey, Wyatt Imus, Stran Smith, Cory Solomon

Barrel Racing: Barrel Racing is a fast paced, exciting timed event where horse and rider cross a starting line, race around a cloverleaf pattern and run back across the finish line. Times are recorded to the 1000th of a second.

Confirmed to Compete: Sherry Cervi, Callie duPerier, Hailey Kinsel, Lisa Lockhart, Brittany Pozzi, Amberley Snyder, Fallon Taylor

Steer Wrestling: Steer wrestling, also known as bulldogging, is a rodeo event in which a horse-mounted rider chases a steer, drops from the horse to the steer, then wrestles the steer to the ground by grabbing its horns and pulling it off-balance so that it falls to the ground. The event carries a high risk of injury to the cowboy. The goal is to “wrestle” the steer to the ground until all four feet of the steer are facing the same direction.

Confirmed to Compete: Luke Branquinho, Curtis Cassidy, Hunter Cure, Dakota Eldridge, Scott Guenthner, Tyler Pearson, Tyler Waguespack

Bull Riding: Like the other rough stock events, the cowboy must last until the 8 second buzzer goes off. Bull riders use a “bull rope,” a braided rope approximately eight feet long, that is fitted around the bull’s mid-section to hold on to. The rider inserts his hand into the rope and the rope is then pulled tight. When the ride is completed, the contestant pulls on the free end of the rope, thus releasing his hand and he jumps away from the bull.

Confirmed to Compete: Silvano Alves, Cooper Davis, Sage Kimzey, Jess Lockwood, J.B. Mauney, Kaique Pacheco

Breakaway Roping: Women’s breakaway roping is one of western sport’s favorite new events and is very similar to tie-down roping except the cowgirl only ropes the calf and the performance does not include any tying.  Time stops when the rope breaks free from the cowgirl’s saddle horn.

Confirmed to Compete: Jackie Crawford, Lari Dee Guy, JJ Hampton, Madison Outhier

Article courtesy The Cowboy Chann


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