Roping cowgirls, saddle bronc riders, rodeo clowns and a childrenâs calf roundup kicked off the final evening of the Iron Horse Rodeo at Liberty Field this past Saturday, Sept. 29.
Friends and family members staked out spots along the fence line for the best view of the ropers and riders.
Patrons were treated to bursts of horsemanship seen only in rodeos and Western movies as handlers on galloping horses guided the bucking broncos back to the pens after riders had completed their run.
The exercise was prolonged when some stubborn broncos held their own with the handlers forcing two or three runs around the ring before entering the pen gate.
Rows of portable bleachers along both sides of the equestrian ring were filled with cheering patrons and bobbing cowboy hats.
After each cowboy or cowgirl left the ring, the crowdâs attention turned to the rodeo clown who provided comic relief in the serious business of galloping horses and thrown riders.
This was the cityâs sixth year to host the two-day event in the Liberty Field equestrian center.
Outlaw Productions choreographs the competition and forwards scores to the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association (MRCA) to track standings of each competitor.
Pacific is said to boast one of the largest of contingents of members in the MRCA of any community in the state.
For the past five years, Pacific has hosted the final competition of the year with the Iron Horse Rodeo closing out its Outlaw Rodeoâs season.
The Pacific Partnership manages the gate, sponsors and vendors of the event, who set up their tents on a carnival style midway near the rodeo ring.
The smallest cowboys and cowgirls could enjoy pony rides. Approximately 25 vendors offered cowboy hats in all sizes, liquid refreshment, cheese steaks, crushed ice, funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza.
The Pacific River Walk Committee offered rides on a mechanical bull and the Historic First Baptist Church Restoration committee sold raffle tickets for a motorcycle.
Funds from the rodeos will help with the construction costs of the brick concession stand and restroom building that opened in the park this year.
âThe rodeo turned out to be one of the most successful city-sponsored activities in recent memory,â said Stephen Flannery III, Partnership president.