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Tips for Planning a Rodeo in OnePlan


An introduction to American Rodeos


Rodeos trace their roots back to the early days of the American West, where cattle ranching and horsemanship were integral to life on the frontier. The history of rodeos can be traced to the 1800s when cattle ranchers and cowboys would gather to showcase their skills in various equestrian events and livestock competitions. What started as informal gatherings among cowboys and ranchers eventually evolved into organized rodeo events. As the popularity of rodeos grew, they became a symbol of Western culture, showcasing the bravery, skill, and toughness of cowboys and cowgirls. 

Today, rodeos have become major sporting events, attracting competitors from around the world and entertaining spectators with thrilling displays of horsemanship, bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and more. While rodeos have modernized over time, they continue to honor and preserve the rich traditions and heritage of the American West.

Planning the best rodeo in OnePlan

Planning a rodeo event has never been easier! We have various packs in the OnePlan studio to make creating your next rodeo seamless. Simply ‘click and drop’ objects onto your event site, and collaborate in real-time with other organizers.

From horse racing, barrel racing, petting zoos, food trucks, and ferris wheels – take the stress out of planning and designing a rodeo event that your attendees will love. You can find rodeo-related items in the  ‘Fairs and Shows’ pack in the ‘More’ category.

100+ Rodeo and Entertainment tools for planning a safe, successful event

Horse Racing in OnePlan

Horse Racing

Barrel Racing in OnePlan

Barrel Racing

Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel

Food and Drink in OnePlan

Food and Drink

Agriculture Competition Icon


Petting Zoo in OnePlan

Petting Zoo

Artisan Crafts

More guidance on organizing a rodeo

Wrangling Logistics

A successful rodeo starts with meticulous logistics. From securing a suitable venue with ample space for the arena and spectator seating to organizing parking, concessions, and restroom facilities, every detail counts. Don’t forget to ensure the venue meets safety requirements and has the necessary permits.


Rodeos feature a variety of exhilarating events, including bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and more. Each event requires specific infrastructure, such as chutes, pens, and timing systems. Work closely with experienced contractors and suppliers to ensure you have the right gear in place.

Spectator Engagement

The heart and soul of a rodeo lies in its spectators. Create an engaging atmosphere by incorporating live music, entertainment, and food vendors. Consider offering interactive experiences like pony rides or petting zoos for families attending the event.

Safety First

Rodeos are exhilarating, but they also carry inherent risks. Implement robust safety measures, including medical personnel on-site, well-trained staff, and emergency evacuation plans. Educate both participants and spectators about safety guidelines and ensure compliance throughout the event.


Remember, by taking into account the logistics, safety, participant experience, and community involvement, you can create an unforgettable rodeo experience that will keep attendees coming back year after year. 

"The time saving compared to the way I used to develop a site map is huge. OnePlan is so much more streamlined and saves me a considerable amount of time, especially when the organisation wants certain areas editing"

LA Wild

Phil Morgan

Taunton Live & Pride, Event Organiser, GoCreate

Grab your cowboy hat and get ready to bring the thrill of hosting a rodeo to life with OnePlan! Start planning your first event free today and experience an easier way to plan rodeos.

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