BILL PICKETT INVITATIONAL RODEO
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Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo Tickets
Event: Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo
Founder: Lu Vason
President and Producer: Valeria Vason-Cunningham
Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo TicketsIn 1984, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo was founded and held in Denver, Colo., by producer, media impresario and marketing consultant Lu Vason. The idea for the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo was formed by Lu Vason during the 1977 Wyoming's Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo event. Noticing there were no African cowboys, Lu Vason decided to make people aware of the African cowboy's role in American history. Lu Vason named the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo after the legendary African American cowboy who is credited with inventing bulldogging. Born near Austin, Texas, Pickett (1870 to 1932) quit school in the fifth grade to work on ranches. As his skills in riding and roping improved, Pickett sometimes put on demonstrations for the public. By 1905 he had gotten press coverage, and by 1908 he was the star of the Miller Brothers 101 rodeo. The shows were so successful that the performers traveled all over North America. The troupe also went to Argentina and England where it performed for British royalty. [1 The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo is held in several cities throughout the US, giving fans an opportunity to see African Americans wrestle down steers. Get your Bill Picket Invitational Rodeo tickets at StubHub.
In what cities can I see the next edition of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo?Some of the cities where the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo is held include Denver at the Denver Coliseum, Memphis at the Agri Center International, the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Ground in Hayward, Calif., and Los Angeles, Calif. Other stops will be in Atlanta at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Ga., and the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., among others.
During its history, what cities have the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo visited?By the end of its 2018 season, the rodeo had been seen in 33 cities across the US. Among them are Dallas, Texas; Richmond, Va.; and Kansas City, Mo.
What events are contested in the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo?The events include Bare Back Ridin’, Bull Doggin’, Calf Ropin’, Ladies Steer Undecoratin’, Ladies Barrel Racin’, Jr. Barrel Racin’, Jr. Break Away, Relay Racin’, Bareback Ridin" and Bull Ridin.’
What happens at the upcoming Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo Championship?Crowning champions in all the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo events is held throughout the year. It comes down to one black man and one black woman being crowned the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo World Champion, taking home prizes such as $35,000, saddles, breast collars, signature buckles, official souvenir jackets, Ariat boots, Yeti Coolers and more. Competition on this circuit begins in January and ends in September.
Who have been some of the top recent 2019 contenders?Jeremy Burkhalter of Eufaula, Okla., in steer wrestling and calf roping and Justin Richard of Houston, Texas in steer wrestling, calf roping and bull riding were two of the biggest 2019 contenders. Krishaun Adair of Point Blank, Texas, and Mikala Neely of Kiowa, Colo., were tough contenders in ladies' barrel racing and ladies' steer undecorating. 
What is Rodeo for Kidz Sake?It’s a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was founded by the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo in 1987 to foster the arts and educational programs for children. The organization also sponsors special morning rodeos for elementary and middle school students at the cities it visits. These special rodeos expose children to animals of the ranch, allowing them to see and touch them. The youngsters also get the opportunity to interact with cowboys and cowgirls. Ultimately the mission is to educate children about the role African Americans played in the West.
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