Black Butte Ranch Blog
Hey there you little buckaroos it’s rodeo time here in Sisters (June 10-12). The Sisters Rodeo, now known and respected as one of the finest in the country, had humble beginnings. Just as Sisters has always embraced its western heritage, the tradition of the rodeo refused to die.
On the Sisters Rodeo website there is a historical recap written by Bonnie Malone, a longtime rodeo supporter, and current secretary on the Sisters Rodeo Board. Malone writes that the rodeo first started in Sisters in 1940 and dubbed itself “The Biggest Little Show in the World,” a name it still uses to this day.
After about 13 years, financial struggles coupled with the diminished wild buffalo herd, the rodeo tradition ended.
But with the hard work of many passionate cowboys and cowgirls through the years the rodeo made a comeback. In 1963 Mert Hunking, a ”cowboy with rodeo in his blood,” as Malone puts it, reorganized the rodeo association and the Buckaroo Breakfast. He insured top quality stock which attracted the best of the national rodeo cowboys.
As the rodeo’s reputation grew, it found a permanent home on its current 33 acre site. In early 1988 the Sisters Rodeo was accepted as a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the “Big Daddy” of professional rodeo. It joined such other well-known rodeos as St. Paul and Pendleton.
Today the Rodeo offers a weekend of central Oregon “cowboyin’ the whole family can enjoy. Why not enhance your experience by staying at a ranch – Black Butte Ranch that is.
So when you’re done bull riding and ropin’ steers (spectating is hard work), come and relax in the luxurious setting of the Ranch. You’ll enjoy peaceful views of the Cascade mountain range as you watch our own horses meander through the meadow. If you’re looking for a little more action, participate in one of the family-friendly rides at Black Butte Stables.
Also be sure to stop by the Welcome Center and take a look at the original rodeo art work of Don Griffith on display.
We’re offering up some pretty good grub too. Check our seasonal menu – there’s something for any cowpoke in your group.
Either way, we hope you will make us part of your rodeo weekend.
See ya around the Ranch!