The Will Rogers Range Riders Rodeo returns for the long 4th of July weekend for 3 days. Starting on Thursday, July 2, through Saturday, July 4, the will be rodeo challenges and actives all day, each day. Plus, the rodeo is bringing in live music each night to cap off the day.

Each day at 10am, will be the "Go Colt Challegnce." On Thursday, there will be "Ranch Bronc Ridding," "Ladies Breakaway," and "1st Responders Calf Roping." On Friday, events include the "Go WRCA Branding Team & Penning," the "Ranch Rodeo" at 5:30pm, and the "UPRA Rodeo" at 7:30pm. Saturday brings the "Colts Finals & Auction" at 1:00pm, the 2nd "Go WRCA Branding" event, and at 7:30pm will be the "Final Rodeo Performance" of the weekend. Each night a dance with live music will be held following the day's final event.

Credit: Will Rogers Range Riders
Credit: Will Rogers Range Riders

The Will Rogers Range Riders was formed in the late 1930s just as the Panhandle was pulling out of seven years of drought, dust storms and depression. It was the first riding club organized in Amarillo. The group took their name from the American cowboy and humorist Will Rogers. Rogers was also a trick roper, actor, author and philosopher. The organization was actually chartered on May 19, 1941 and incorporated on May 19, 1946. Today, Will Rogers Range Riders currently has over 150 members. The organization operates an indoor arena, outdoor arena and horse boarding facilities. They host a variety of events including ropings, mounted shootings and trail rides. The largest of their events is their Rodeo and Reunion which is held over July 4th weekend. This event is sanctioned as a UPRA Rodeo and was recently sanctioned as a WRCA event.

The proceeds from this event benefit the Will Rogers Range Riders Foundation and the WRCA Foundation. Both of these organizations help fellow cowboys in times of crisis and also provide scholarships for the children of the members.

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