Message from the Presidentadmin2017-03-13T01:42:14+00:00
A Message from the La Pine Rodeo Association President
Rodeo is a sport that came from the roots of the western movement as ranches dotted the landscape of the rugged frontier. The everyday ranch tasks became a “sport” to see who among the hands was the best roper, the best rider, or the best all-round hand. As time passed, it became an something that grew in popularity at gatherings of ranchers, townspeople, neighbors at the end of the summer or at 4th of July celebrations. Cash money was offered to the winners of each event and the sport of rodeo grew.
Today rodeo is a worldwide sport that is growing by leaps and bounds, in small towns and huge arenas. In La Pine, the rodeo has been around since the turn of the century but it didn’t become a sanctioned event until 2002, when local organizers decided to take it to the next level. Thanks to the hard work of those who came before, the La Pine Rodeo continues to become bigger and better each year. We wouldn’t be where we are now without the hard work and dedication of those who came before us. We could not be the success we are without the help of many people. Sponsors of the La Pine Rodeo are HUGE part of making this happen, so when you watching the rodeo or reading the program guide, look around and notice the names of the businesses who have put their hard earned money into our event and we hope you will repay them by supporting them in return.
Volunteers are the backbone of the La Pine Rodeo Association. From the people who pick up the garbage to the Board of Directors, there isn’t a single penny paid to these individuals. A lot of hard work and dedication goes into putting on an event of this caliber. Thank you to each and every one of you.
I am lucky to lead such a wonderful, hardworking, dedicated, diverse group of people, whose passion for not only the sport of rodeo, but the community of La Pine is truly humbling. We are proud to bring the son of a legend to our concert stage this year. Ned LeDoux, son of Chris LeDoux will be headlining our concert, with opening act, American Idol contestant and retired soldier, Josh Gracin on July 1st. July 2-3, we will bring you non-stop NPRA rodeo action. On the 4th of July we top it off with our bull riding only event, the Buck-n-Boom. Everyone is invited to stick around and watch the fireworks afterwards. So bring the family and join us as we celebrate our great nation’s birthday.