Pre-Rodeo Events

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

Pre-Rodeo Entertainment

    • Every Night at 7:00pm—Mutton Busting
      One of our most popular pre-rodeo events, and with good reason. Who doesn’t love watching our young buckaroos hang on and ride it out. Learn More
    • Tuesday, July 20 at 6:00pm—Weber County Junior Posse Exhibition Barrel Racing
      Teams from North Ogden, Plain City, Little Mountain, West Haven and Hooper will compete in barrel racing. Learn More
    • Wednesday, July 21 at 6:00pm—Weber County Junior Posse Coca Cola All Star Barrel Racing and Larue Enterprises Pole Bending
      The fastest member from each posse will compete for coveted belt buckles sponsored by Coca Cola. Learn More
    • Thursday, July 22 at 6:30pm—Musical Chairs Jackpot
      Ya’ll don’t want to miss this. Be sure to come join in the fun and games—and you might just win a wad of cash! Learn More
    • Friday, July 23 at 6:00pm—Miss Rodeo Utah Freestyle Horsemanship Competition
      Contestants in the Miss Rodeo Utah pageant competition show off their skills while atop a fast-moving horse. Learn More
    • Saturday, July 24 at 6:00pm—Cowboy Mounted Shooters (Utah’s Mounted Thunder)
      Find yourself teleported to the dusty streets of the Old West with guns blasting and cowboys/girls galloping at full speed. Learn More


Children ages 5 to 8 years old and weighing less than 50 pounds “grab some fluff and show their stuff” to compete in this popular pre-rodeo event. Arrive early at Ogden Pioneer Stadium to watch this fun event every night of Ogden Pioneer Days. For those wanting to participate, registration starts on Monday, June 21st, 10am at the Ogden Pioneer Day offices (a signed parent waiver is required).


The Junior Posse Jamboree determines the best young riders in the Ogden area. A tradition that goes back decades, the stadium is usually filled with young cowgirls and cowboys, along with horses of all sizes and colors. This annual competition also brings out hundreds of fans and supporters who fill the stands, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins and neighbors. Come join in the fun and catch a glimpse of some future world champions. (The results of each event determine when junior posse groups compete.)

The Coca-Cola Cup Awards, which note the fastest youth barrel races, will be presented during one of the evenings performances.

Musical Chairs Jackpot

A tuneful mayhem as participants in this fun event complete with each other to be the last one… sitting. Here are the details:

  • $25 entry fee with 20 participants
  • 100% payback to winner (that’s a whoppin’ $500)
  • Entry opens July 1st to first 20 entries. (Possible 2nd round with enough interest. If two rounds, start time will be 6:00pm.)
  • Provide own horse
  • Call or text Ben Howell with any questions 801-645-7663
  • Pay and sign waiver in Ogden Pioneer Days offices.


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 the night of the event 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, 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 way through the rounds.