Riders, Ropers Kick Up Some Dust at Morongo’s Annual Rodeo

2021 Morongo Annual Rodeo
Professional team ropers Derrick Begay of Arizona and Colter Todd compete at the Morongo Open Ranch Rodeo .

CABAZON, CA – Amateur and professional ropers and riders competed for cash prizes at the 8th Annual Morongo Open Ranch Rodeo – a free, family-friendly event held at the Morongo Indian Reservation. For the third year, the rodeo included a qualifying event for the Bob Feist Invitational (BFI) Open Team Roping, commonly known as “The Feist,” the largest one-day annual open roping event in the country held in Reno, NV. 

“The Open Ranch Rodeo at Morongo is an opportunity to see some of the best of the best ropers and riders in action alongside up-and-coming rodeo stars and youth riders,” said Erich Rogers, World Champion Team Ropers at the 2017 National Finals Rodeo.

Throughout the day, riders and ropers vied for custom buckles and thousands in prize money in numerous ranching events, including team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, followed by Calcutta and the BFI Opening Ranch Roping Qualifier in the evening. Younger competitors participated in youth barrel racing, mutton busting and steer riding events. 

“Morongo’s annual rodeo is always a fun, family-friendly event that celebrates our rich history and welcomes riders and ropers of all ages and skill levels to compete,” said Morongo Tribal Council Member Brian Lugo, also Rodeo President. “It’s an awesome opportunity to watch professional ropers and riders in action as well as future rodeo stars and youth riders.”

The rodeo is sponsored by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the Morongo Cultural Heritage Department.