Pre-Rodeo Events

Arrive early at Ogden Pioneer Stadium to enjoy the pre-rodeo events. Whether you’re there to cheer the mutton busters, Junior Posse riders, Miss Rodeo Utah Freestyle or the Cowboys Mounted Shooters, you’ll be sure to see dust flying and heels kicking as our young cowboys and cowgirls compete. Come early to enjoy the action!

Pre-Rodeo Entertainment – 6 p.m. Nightly

    • Friday, July 19: Jr Posse
    • Saturday, July 20: Jr Posse
    • Monday, July 22: Jr Posse Coca Cola Cup
    • Tuesday, July 23: Miss Rodeo Utah Freestyle
    • Wednesday, July 24: Cowboy Mounted Shooters

mutton bustin


Children ages 5 to 8 years old — and weigh less than 50 pounds – grab some fluff and show their stuff in this event, compete in this popular pre-rodeo event. Head over to Ogden Pioneer Days headquarters, 1810 S. Washington Blvd., for registration and the parent signature of a waiver. Arrive early at Ogden Pioneer Stadium to watch this fun event every night of 2019 Ogden Pioneer Days.


The Junior Posse Jamboree was Saturday, July 13 and determined the best young riders in the Ogden area. The results of the Jamboree also determined when groups of local youth would compete in events during Ogden Pioneer Days’ five-day run. For the Jamboree, a tradition that goes back decades, the stadium was filled with young cowboys and cowgirls and horses of all size and color. This annual competition between the area junior posses brings out a supporting cast with hundreds of people filling the stands, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins and neighbors. If you want to see some fun competition, as well as catch a glimpse of world champions of the future, come join in the fun during pre-rodeo July 19-22. The Coca-Cola Cup Awards, which note the fastest youth barrel races in local junior posses, will be presented on Monday, July 22.


Fast, flashy horses spinning fast and slide-stopping long can be seen during the Miss Rodeo Utah freestyle horsemanship competition. Contestants in the Miss Rodeo Utah pageant, held exclusively as part of Ogden Pioneer Days, attempt to wow the crowd (and a panel of judges) as they vie for the coveted crown. The event is one of the last judged events of the pageant each year. Come early on Tuesday, July 23 to see the contestants show off what they can do atop a fast-running steed.

Cowboys Mounted Shooters

Annie — or Arnold — get your gun! A mounted shooting competition will be Wednesday, July 24. This event features the some of the best marksmanship and horsemanship in the west. Contestants are riding a horse at high speeds while shooting blank ammunition at targets. Mounted shooting is one of the fastest growing equestrian sports in the nation. Join us on Pioneer Day to cheer the contestants as they wend their ways through the rounds.