West of The Pecos Rodeo: Preview, Format, and What to Watch


The West of the Pecos Rodeo dates back to 1883 when two well-known ropers wanted to find out who truly was the best, so the two cowboys decided to meet for a contest. As word spread, other cowboys caught wind of the competition and wanted to compete to prove they were the best. A competition spot was chosen and July 4 was the chosen date of the first competition. Most stories of the day state that Trav Windham took 22 seconds to rope and tie his steer to win the rodeo.

That was the beginning of the West of the Pecos Rodeo, and it has been one of the most exciting outdoor rodeos since.

This year athletes will compete for their share of $215,000.


The West of the Pecos Rodeo is a simple format to understand. In roughstock events, the highest score on one head wins. In timed events, other than barrel racing, athletes compete in two rounds throughout the rodeo, and the fastest on two is crowned champion. In barrel racing, cowgirls are given one opportunity to post the fastest time and be crowned champ.

What to Watch For

Performance 1 (June 21)

Performance 1 is highlighted by one of the best to ever do it in the bull riding, JB Mauney. He will be competing against fellow NFR qualifiers Braden Richardson, Creek Young, and Trey Holston.

Performance 2 (June 22)

In bareback riding it will be Clayton Biglow highlighting a field that also consists of Wyatt Denny and Jacek Frost.

In saddle bronc riding, you have 2018 World Champion Wade Sundell and Lefty Holman competing alongside Brody Cress and Tegan Smith.

Performance 3 (June 23)

It should be an exciting night in saddle bronc Riding during the third performance with No. 1 Sage Newman competing against Tanner Butner, Kolby Wanchuk, and Chase Brooks, all of whom made the 2022 NFR.

In bareback riding, reigning Resistol Rookie of the Year Rocker Steiner and reigning World Champion Jess Pope highlight a loaded field.

Performance 4 (June 24)

In the final performance, Tim O’Connell is the big name in bareback riding to watch but has stiff competition in Cole Franks and Kade Sonnier.

How to Watch & Broadcast Schedule

You can watch every performance LIVE on The Cowboy Channel and The Cowboy Channel+ App. For a full broadcast schedule click HERE.

Performance 1Wednesday, June 218:00 PM Eastern
Performance 2Thursday, June 228:00 PM Eastern
Performance 3Friday, June 238:00 PM Eastern
Performance 4Saturday, June 248:00 PM Eastern