Redding Rodeo: Preview, Format and How to Watch

The PRCA Playoff Series returns to California beginning Thursday night on The Cowboy Channel

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The Redding Rodeo is back for its 76th installment and kicks off on May 16 on The Cowboy Channel and The Cowboy Channel+. The first Redding Rodeo took place back in 1948 and Sheriff John Balma is credited with creating the the rodeo after growing up in the area and becoming the Chief of Police for Redding in 1939.


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.


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 (Thursday, May 16)

The first performance can be seen on Thursday night and will feature several big names. Saddle bronc riding with the likes of Zeke Thurston, Dawson Hay, Spencer Wright, Lefty Holman, and more.

In bareback riding you can watch World No. 1 Leighton Berry compete alongside R.C. Landingham, Orin Larsen, Richmond Champion, and others.

Performance 2 (Friday, May 17)

Friday’s bareback riding features Garrett Shadbolt, Clayton Biglow, Kade Berry, Jacek Frost, and others as they look to claim the one-header crown in Redding.

In saddle bronc riding you can see Ryder and Rusty Wright, Riggin Smith, Chase Brooks, and others.

Performance 3 (Saturday, May 18)

Starting in the bareback riding, your featured athletes are Jess Pope, Cole Franks, and Wyatt Denny.

The big names in saddle bronc riding include Q McWorther, Jake Finaly, and Tegan Smith.

Finally, in bull riding, you can watch Hayes Weight, Tristen Hutchings, Jeter Lawrence, and Chance Schott.


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 1811:00 PM Eastern
Performance 2Friday, May 1911:00 PM Eastern
Performance 3Saturday, May 2011:00 PM Eastern