Redding Rodeo: Preview, Format, And What to Watch For

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The Redding Rodeo is back for its 75th installment and kicks off on May 18 on The Cowboy Channel and The Cowboy Channel+ App. The first Redding Rodeo took place back in 1948. Sheriff John Balma is credited with creating the Redding Rodeo after growing up in the area and becoming the Chief of Police for Redding in 1939.

The Format

The Redding 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 over the course of the three-day 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

Redding offers the chance for athletes to win a share of over $200,000 and improve their World Standings positions.

Here is what to watch for in each of the three performances in Redding.

Performance 1 (May 18)

It is a loaded performance in Saddle Bronc Riding on Thursday night with No. 1 Stetson Wright highlighting the field that consists of seven riders currently inside the top 15. Competing alongside Stetson are No. 4 Dawson Hay, No. 6 Chase Brooks, No. 8 Ben Andersen, No. 9 Brody Cress, No. 10 Ryder Wright, and No. 11 Wyatt Casper.

Performance 2 (May 19)

It will be an exciting night in Bareback Riding on Friday with World No. 2 Keenan Hayes looking to take home the win. Hayes is competing against Kaycee Feild, Cole Reiner, Ty Breuer, Tim O’Connell, and Wyatt Denny.

In Saddle Bronc Riding Kade Bruno will look to defend his title after winning the rodeo with an 85-point ride a year ago.

Performance 3 (May 20)

You may find your Barrel Racing champion on Saturday as defending champion Jennifer Kalafatic looks to go back-to-back. A year ago, Kalafatic stopped the clock at 17.38 seconds to win the title.

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 1Thursday, May 1810:00 PM Eastern
Performance 2Friday, May 1910:00 PM Eastern
Performance 3Saturday, May 2010:00 PM Eastern