Clovis Rodeo: Preview, Format and How to Watch

The PRCA Playoff Series rolls on its California Run

Clovis 2024

Over 50,000 fans and 600 athletes descend on Fresno County for the Clovis Rodeo this week. The rodeo, which is always held the last weekend in April, will pay out more than $250,000.


Clovis is a simple rodeo to follow as all roughstock events are the best on one head. A year ago, it was Clayton Biglow’s 87.5 in bareback riding, Jesse Wright’s 89 points in saddle bronc riding, and Stetson Wright’s 90 points in bull riding which secured the win in the roughstock events.

In timed events, outside of barrel racing, it will be three rounds and then a Short Round with the champion determined on a four-head Average, just like in Red Bluff. In barrel racing, there are only two Long Rounds before the Short Round and the champion is crowned on a three-head aggregate time. The Top 12 in each event make the Short Round.


Performance 1 (Thursday, April 25)

Performance 1 brings us several big name athletes across all events. Starting in bareback riding, where you can see 10-time NFR qualifier Tilden Hooper continue his return from injury.

Moving to the steer wrestling, where the names to watch are Stetson Jorgensen, Eli Lord, Rowdy Parrott, and Dalton Massey.

The First Performance will also feature the No. 1 tie-down roper in the World, Shad Mayfield. Mayfield is one of three athletes in the PRCA who have already passed the $100,000 mark in the 2024 season.

Performance 2 (Friday, April 26)

Saddle Bronc Riding features a loaded field on Friday night. The 2023 World Champion Zeke Thurston competes against No. 2 Lefty Holman, No. 6 Sage Newman, No. 9 Cole Elshere and No. 12 Kade Bruno.

Performance 3 (Saturday, April 27)

It should be a good night in steer wrestling on Saturday with several big names competing. Stan Branco, Dakota Eldridge, Cash Robb, Tucker Allen, and Cody Devers are all set for the Third Performance.

In bareback riding, you can see 2023 World Champion Jess Pope go up against Leighton Berry, Tanner Aus, Dean Thompson, and Jacek Frost.

Performance 4 (Sunday, April 28)

Sunday’s performance may be the best day of the bunch. Looking at the bareback riding, you will be able to see Rocker Steiner, Kade Sonnier, Caleb Bennett, Cole Reiner, and Jayco Roper, all of whom made the NFR in 2023 except Bennett. And he’s been 10 times.,

In saddle bronc riding, the blue shirts are coming - Statler, Ryder, and Rusty Wright will all compete. The Wright family will be riding alongside Mitch Pollock, Parker Kempfer, and Houston Brown.

In bull riding, you’ll be able to see Josh Frost, JR Stratford, Clayton Sellars, Canyon Bass, and Brody Yeary ride.

Performance 4 will also serve as the Finals in the timed events where the Top 12 from the first three rounds will compete against each other to determine the champion.


You can watch every performance LIVE on The Cowboy Channel+ App as well as Performances 1, 3 and 4 live on The Cowboy Channel. Performance 2 will air at the conclusion of Round 1 of the Resistol Rookie Roundup. For a a full broadcast schedule, click HERE.

Performance 1Thursday, April 259:30 PM
Performance 2Friday, April 2611:30 PM
Performance 3Saturday, April 275:00 PM
Performance 4Sunday, April 285:00 PM