Freedom Reins Pro Rodeo 

July 1 & 2, 2022

brought to you by Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
in partnership with The Galena Territory Association and Shenandoah Riding Center
Since 1975, the Shenandoah Riding Center has provided a pro rodeo in conjunction with Independence Day celebrations. The Freedom Reins Pro Rodeo hosts two nights of amazing entertainment through eight fiercely competitive and exhilarating competitions.

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, The Galena Territory Association, and Shenandoah Riding Center bring Freedom Reins Pro Rodeo to The Galena Territory on July 1 and 2 where more than 150 cowboys and cowgirls will compete for $30,000!

A long history of entertaining people
The rodeo was born out of emulating skills used between horses and cattle to do tasks in ranch living. This entertainment, however; needs to be as safe as possible. Our Freedom Reins Pro Rodeo is a sanctioned rodeo. This means, among other things, there are governing rules and regulations for the competitions that protect the safety and well-being of competitors and animals.

A look at rodeo events
Rodeo competitions are broken into two categories: Timed and rough stock events.

Timed events are judged on agility, speed, and accuracy. There are roping events, barrel racing, and steer wrestling. The rough stock events require courage (or craziness!) in hanging on while a 1,000-to 2,000-pound animal tries bucking off the cowboy in eight seconds.
  The roping events come from ranch work where cattle were caught for branding or medical treatment. Ranchers always look to be efficient, but also to never harm the animals.

In the tie-down event, cowboys rope a running calf and tie it down on the ground within three seconds. Girls' breakaway is, in essence, the tie-down competition without the calf being thrown to the ground and tied. Calves become steers, and steers are much bigger and heavier. Therefore, team roping requires two people to rope a full-grown steer.

The last two of the timed events are unique in their own right. Barrel racing puts agility and speed to the test. Riders race a cloverleaf pattern that for most of us the inertia around the barrels alone would send us one way and the horse in the opposite direction!
Steer wrestling most dangerous event
Contrary to many people’s impressions, steer wrestling is the single most physically dangerous event. Cowboys jump off a speeding horse to wrestle a full-grown steer to the ground. Aside from the threat the sheer mass a steer has to a cowboy, there are also horns to contend with during this “wrestling-to-the-ground” exercise.

Regardless of the overwhelming skill needed in steer wrestling, it is often the rough stock events that have people on the edge of their seats. Bronc riding (bareback or on a saddle) has strict limitations for the rider. The cowboy is only allowed to hang on via a lead rope (in layman’s terms). The strength and technique of the cowboy, along with the athleticism of the bronc determine the score.

Riding 2,000 pounds of muscle
Finally, the rodeo’s “big event” for most people, is bull riding. Up to 2,000 pounds of muscle and an unpredictable temperament make this event an adrenaline rush to watch! Bull riding is often referred to as “the most dangerous eight seconds in sports.”

Because bulls can unexpectedly attack the cowboy who has fallen to the ground, rodeo clowns are poised and ready to distract the bull; keeping the cowboy safe.
A fun fact for rodeo trivia is that the average bucking bronc and bull only work five minutes a year in the arena!

New in 2022 - John King in concert
Country singer/songwriter John King is set to perform at 4:45 p.m. before the rodeo action begins Saturday night. Raised in the Appalachian foothills of northern Georgia, John King listened to a wide range of musicians —southern rockers like Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Black Crowes, classic craftsmen like James Taylor and Johnny Cash, and '90s country stars like Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson — and worked construction jobs as a teenager. When he wasn't pouring rocks at the worksite or studying in the classroom, he was usually at home, writing lyrics into his spiral-bound notebook and strumming his newly-written songs on an acoustic guitar. By 16 years old, he was writing multiple songs every week, often auditioning them for his friends around the campfire.

King's steady climb toward the top of the country music mainstream has been full of milestones. He's become a Number 1 songwriter, penning Randy Houser's chart-topping "We Went" (which earned him a 2016 ASCAP Songwriter Award) and writing Hootie and The Blowfish's "Rollin" (the band's first song to be released since 2005). He's become a road warrior, too, playing an average of 150 shows annually while building his audience one gig at a time. Most importantly, King has begun telling his own story through music, launching his solo career with "Tonight Tonight" — a Top 40 hit whose anthemic chorus was heard everywhere from country radio to the weekly NFL recaps on CBS — and releasing his first full-length album with 2021's Always Gonna Be You.

Family Fun Fair  - 10 to noon each day
Join cowboys and clowns for kids' games Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at Shenandoah Riding Center. Bounce games, a caricature artist, learn to lasso, hay bale toss, photo ops and a petting zoo are sure to keep the whole family entertained. Only $5 per person at the gate.

Food and fun for the whole family
Gates open at 4 p.m. to purchase and enjoy the FREE Family Fun Fair. Food trucks and tents, offering a variety of options can feed the family dinner (please no coolers). Plus, a beer tent will keep the adults cool. There will also be shopping opportunities for cowboy merchandise, Freedom Reins items, and Grab Life by the Reins clothing. ATMs are available on site.

There are some bleachers, however, most people enjoy sitting on their blanket on the hillside.

We love our pets just as much as you do, but they are not allowed at Shenandoah Riding Center. Please, leave them home. 

Rain or Shine

Hillside seating

No coolers or dogs

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or text Shenandoah Riding Center at 815-777-9550 or email [email protected]
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