By Emma Wolff
Photo Courtesy of Arizona Black Rodeo

When thinking about cowboys, do images of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood pop into your head? Although this may be the typical Hollywood portrayal of westerners, not all cowboys are alike. The Arizona Black Rodeo is recreating the rodeo experience while keeping the rich history of Black cowboys alive.

The Arizona Black Rodeo is returning to the Valley May 15 at a new location. The “hottest show on dirt” will take place at WestWorld, located at 16601 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale. There are two shows scheduled at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the gates will open for each show about an hour and a half prior.

The fun-filled event will feature rodeo staples including bull riding by highly ranked rodeo competitors from across the nation. It will also include tie down roping, steer wrestling, steer undecorating, ladies barrel racing, and relay races. According to event organizers, not only will this been an entertaining event, but the Arizona Black Rodeo Association is also excited to present educational experiences to celebrate the heritage and culture of African-American western history.

Tickets can be purchases online in advance for $18. The day of the show, tickets can be purchased at the door for $22. There is also a VIP seating package for $40 which can be purchased online. Children under three years old are free.

Although this event typically attracts 9,000 rodeo fans from across the nation, this year seating is limited due to COVID-19 precautions. Seats are first, come first serve and there will be fewer available to ensure for social distancing. Face coverings will also be required to make sure all guests are safe.

For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit azblackrodeo.wixsite.com/azbr. If you have questions about ticketing, call the rodeo office at 602-688-9906 or e-mail info@azblackrodeo.com.