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Animal Athletes

Animals in rodeo are considered athletes and their care and training allow them to compete at the highest level.

The bucking horses, bulls, steers and calves are furnished by a professional stock contractor. The Powder River Rodeo Company, from Riverton, WY, provides these animals for the Caldwell Night Rodeo.

Many of these bucking horses and bulls have competed at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas and have earned honors and awards. The quality of our stock attracts the top-ranked cowboys to the Caldwell Night Rodeo. A bucking horse or bull earns half the score recorded by the cowboy, so the better the animal performs, the higher the score.

Horses ridden by competitors in steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping and barrel racing are owned by the competitors. These magnificent quarter horses are a cowboy’s and cowgirl’s prized partner in their quest to winning, and their constant traveling companion. Years of training along with the finest care allow these horses to compete well into their teens an often into their 20s.

Caldwell Night Rodeo is committed to ensuring the health and welfare of all of its animal athletes. The bucking horses, bulls, and timed event cattle are a vital part of the rodeo, and always receive the highest standard of care. The safety of the animals begins back on the ranch with careful and planned selection of the best quality rodeo genetics to produce these professional animal athletes. It is their genetic makeup that makes these animals want to run, buck and kick when they perform. Several years’ worth of time and training is invested in the horses and bulls before they ever perform at a rodeo, so they know how to safely load in the chutes and handle the weight of a competitor on their backs.

At the rodeo, a dedicated team of the livestock contractor, veterinarians, and other specific personnel ensure that all the animals are well prepared for their events by supplying them with high quality feed and fresh drinking water before and immediately after their performance. A large emphasis is placed on prevention of illness and injury through proper training, handling, nutrition and vaccination. Should there be health issue with an animal, a veterinarian is always present and available during the rodeo to ensure prompt and professional care.

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