Every year the Rodeo de Santa Fe brings big time rodeo action – with top cowboys and cowgirls, stock contractors, specialty acts, barrel men, and more – to northern New Mexico during the month of June. Hard core rodeo enthusiasts will tell you, it’s one of the best live shows in the state, and still remains one of the top 60 PRCA Rodeos in the nation.
As a PRCA sanctioned rodeo, all competitive events are included, including individual and team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, saddle and bareback bronc riding and bull fighting. But it’s not all heavy competition. Fun for the entire family is had at the Rodeo de Santa Fe, with Mutton Bustin’ and youth barrel racing two of the top favorites.
Throw in the carnival midway, vendors, concessions, and beer and wine available in all seating areas, and you’ve got the makings of a memorable family excursion. This year’s 73rd Annual Rodeo de Santa Fe celebrates New Mexico’s rich western heritage, June 21 – 24, 2023.
Citing its beginnings in 1949 when a group of cowboys made up of Roy Butler, Austin “Slim” Green, Gene Petchesky, Paul Ragle, Paul Rutledge, and a few others, got together and decided to organize a professional rodeo in Santa Fe. Today, the rodeo draws nearly 500 contestants, many of them World Champion riders, paying tribute to that visionary dream.
Among the acts expected to take part in this year’s event are full-time performer and 2020 Dress Act of the Year, Bethany Iles; two time World Champion All around Western Performer, four time World Champion Trick Roper and two-time World Champion Gun Spinning title holder, Rider Kiesner; and 2019 Grant County Freestyle Bull Fighting Champion and up-and-coming “Cowboy Life Saver,” Cauy Kraut.
General ticket prices are $20 for children 10 and under, and adults 65 and older; $17 for adults. Grandstand and seats in the chute area are $22, chair back reservations are $27, box seats are $37. All tickets can be purchased online via ticketssantafe.org.This article was posted by Olivia