PANGUITCH — Competing in rodeos isn’t just for young people. Rodeo cowboys and cowgirls over age 40 can still ride, lasso, holler and compete in the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association, and October will mark the first time the Senior National Finals will be held in Utah. Panguitch will be hosting the event from Oct. 5-8.
For 43-year-old Panguitch native and director of the Triple C Arena, Lance Miller, this is the year he’s been waiting for.
“Not only have I been working for the past year and a half to bring the rodeo to my hometown and own Triple C Arena, but I’ve been practicing even harder and longer to get myself ready to compete and win,” Miller said.
Miller recently won two year-end championships but has yet to take first in the Senior Pro national finals. Last year he took third in the national saddle bronc competition. He said he loves competition and the chance to continue his lifelong passion.
“I’ve ridden in rodeos since I was old enough to crawl over the chutes,” Miller said. “That’s all I’ve wanted to do. I really wish I was young and healthy again, but I’m glad I have the Senior Pro Rodeo because I can still compete.”
A variety of events will keep spectators cheering, including bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, calf roping, ribbon roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and ladies breakaway.
Miller said he hopes many people will come out and support not only the event but also Panguitch in general this October.
“We’ve gone through a lot of changes and renovations to get the arena looking fantastic,” Miller said. “We plan to ‘wow’ everyone so we can hold the nationals here in Utah again.”
The rodeo is $10 at the gate. In addition to the rodeo, guests can enjoy other activities and locations in Garfield County, including Bryce Canyon National Park.
About Garfield County
Garfield County is located in Southern Utah and provides access to nearly a dozen national and state park and forest areas, including Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef national parks. Visitors enjoy epic road trips while exploring Scenic Byways 12 and 143—highways so spectacular they’ve been recognized by the Federal Highway Administration for their one-of-a-kind features. The area is only an hour drive to a commercial airport and four hours from either Las Vegas or Salt Lake City.
- What: National Senior Pro Rodeo Association Finals.
- When: Oct. 5-8.
- Where: Panguitch, Utah.
- Admission: $10 at the gate.
- Senior Rodeo online.
- Bryce Canyon Country online.