Jacquelynne Steves

Rodeo in New Jersey?

Rodeo- Jacquelynne Steves

Rodeo in New Jersey? Really?! Yes, you may be surprised to find out that Cowtown Rodeo, just a couple miles from my house, is the oldest weekly rodeo in the United States. In fact, the rodeo is practically in our backyard, and we can hear it every Saturday night during the summer. Last weekend, we stopped by to watch some cowboys practice their bull riding before the season opens at the end of this month. It’s pretty exciting! 

Rodeo Cowboy- Jacquelynne Steves

Rodeo Bull- Jacquelynne Steves 2

Rodeo Bull- Jacquelynne Steves

This little rodeo dog is quite the working dog. After each ride, he barks and gets right at the bull’s heels, urging the bull to leave the ring. I was nervous that he was going to get trampled! But he’s a “canine professional!”

Rodeo Dog- Jacquelynne Steves

Rodeo Bull in Chute- Jacquelynne Steves

Bull riding has been called “the most dangerous 8 seconds in sports.” You can probably tell why from these photos. The cowboy has to stay on the bull at least 8 seconds for his ride to count. 8 seconds doesn’t sound like very long, but I’m sure if you are on the bull, it seems like forever.

Rodeo Bull 2- Jacquelynne Steves“Rodeo clowns” like the one shown above stay nearby to assist the rider if necessary, and to distract the bull when the ride is over so the rider has a chance to get out of the ring.

This bull could not wait to get out of the chute! He kept trying to climb out! His rider stayed on for about 1 second:

Rodeo Bull Chute- Jacquelynne Steves

Given the danger of this sport, it’s probably a really good thing that outdoor Cowboy Church services are held prior to each competition:

Rodeo Cowboy Church Sign- Jacquelynne Steves

Rodeo Cowboy Church- Jacquelynne Steves

Can you believe that this cowboy culture exists just about 30 miles from Philadelphia?

Rodeo Ticket Booth-Jacquelynne Steves

Cowtown Rodeo Sign- Jacquelynne Steves

One of the things I really like about where I live is how diverse it is. As I said, Philadelphia is just a short drive away, so on a Saturday we can easily visit Philly for the day, see a professional theater production, eat at a great restaurant, and take advantage of the great city offerings, and then that same evening go to the rodeo. How many places can you say that about? We are also just about an hour from the famous Jersey Shore.

Every place has something unique and interesting to offer- What do you really like about where you live? A special attraction, beautiful scenery, the weather?? Tell me in the comments- I’d love to know a little about your hometown!



  • Jennifer
    Posted May 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Wow – I have never seen a rodeo and couldn’t imagine that there was one to see in NJ!!! You really have the best of both worlds with the city so close and yet still close to “country” activities!

    From where I live in Ohio, there are lots of little towns to visit with cute shops and farm stands. We are a little further from a big city so we don’t get there very often.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted May 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      I love the character of cute little towns! I would love that.

  • Terry
    Posted May 5, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    I live in North Alabama. Tornado weather is the worst thing. A short drive from Nashville, Memphis,Chattanooga, Atlanta, Birmingham,the Smoky Mtns,or the Gulf Coast. Love the diversity of our area. Love to travel around this great country. Diversity from Atlantic to Pacific Oceans.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted May 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

      I have been to Nashville once, it was a great little city. Really enjoyed the music museum (I don’t remember what the name is- probably Hall of Fame or something like that?) I’d love to go back some time.

  • Judy
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    I love a good rodeo. I have wonderful memories of my dad who loved horses and rodeos taking us kids every year to the rodeo at the Pacific International Livestock Exposition.
    What I like best about where I live is the diversity of the state. We are within easy driving distance to the mountains, ocean or desert. This time of year is especially beautiful with all the greenery and colorful flowers.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted May 8, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

      That sounds wonderful. Obviously, being in NJ, I don’t get to the desert very often :)

  • Elisabetta
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Hubby & I were there four years ago, we spent our holidays with relatives in Philadelphia, and they gifted us this nice show, we are from Italy but with a true and deep love for America and cowboy life. My hubby takes ranch roping classes, this is a religion for him!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted May 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

      Wow! What a small world we live in. You came all the way from Italy and ended up in my little town!! Ranch roping sounds fun- I haven’t tried it myself…. but I like the cowboy, or cowgirl, life too!

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