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35 Best Rodeo Quotes & Sayings

35 Best Rodeo Quotes & Sayings

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For decades, rodeos have been the heart of cowboy culture in America. From barrel racing to bronco riding and everything else in between, they offer hours of entertainment and fun.

These rodeo quotes and sayings capture what life is life for competitive cowboys and cowgirls. They will make you laugh, inspire you and let you reminisce on your favorite riding memories. No matter if you are just a fan of rodeo or are a competitor yourself, you will enjoy reading them.

Here are the best rodeo quotes and sayings for all the cowboys and cowgirls out there.

Famous Rodeo Quotes

1. “Rodeo is about life lessons, and not just about belt buckles and winning. There is so much you can learn from a horse and a cow that you can’t learn from football.” – Jim Wakefield

2. “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway!” – John Wayne

3. “Anyone who has ever experienced the thrill of rodeo life wishes it could go on forever.” – Ralph Clark

4. “Like a rodeo round and round and up and down we go. Some days it’s a battle just to stay up in the saddle.” – Paul Overstreet

5. “The best bulls in rodeo are unpredictable. Trying to outsmart them can lead cowboys to outsmart themselves.” – Ty Murray

6. “It’s the ropes and the reins, and the joy and the pain. And they call the thing rodeo.” – Garth Brooks

7. “A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse.” – William James

8. “Never a pony couldn’t be ridden, never a rodeo couldn’t be thrown.” – Paul Zarzyski

9. “Rodeo riders are the last of the true chivalrous groups of people. It’s a place where the competition is really pure.” – Scott Glenn

10. “Rodeo needed more than just a rodeo every summer to keep it going. It needed industry.”- Mary Sulivan

11. “There never was a horse that couldn’t be ridden; never was a cowboy who couldn’t be thrown.” – Unknown

12. “The rodeo ain’t over till the bull riders ride.” – Ralph Carpenter

13. “When I am at rodeo I find it difficult not to root for the animals.” – Demetri Martin

14. Rodeo careers can end without warning, as quick as the next try at an eight-second ride.” – John Branch

Read More: 40 Best Cowboy Quotes & Sayings

Rodeo Quotes for Cowgirls

15. “Boots, class, and a li’ll sass, that’s what cowgirls are made of.” – Candice Nicoles

16. “Don’t mess with me fellas! This cowgirl has been to the rodeo before.” – Joan Crawford

17. “Cowgirl is an attitude, really; a pioneer spirit, a special American brand of courage.” – Dale Evans

18. “Dirt is cowgirl glitter.” – Fallon Taylor

19. “Good girls are made of sugar and spice, cowgirls are made of whiskey on ice.” – Rita Cynder

20. “There is no better place to heal a broken heart than on the back of a horse.” – Missy Lyons

21. “And that even she could not hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” – Mark Anthony

22. “Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart

Read More: 40 Best Cowgirl Quotes & Sayings

Funny Rodeo Quotes

23. “No ifs, ands, or bucks.” – Unknown

24. “It seems a fine line between being a matador and being a rodeo clown” – Jase Robertson

25. “Find someone who loves you the way a cowboy loves rodeo.” – Unknown

26. “I’d rather ride on a Mustang, than in one.” – BaileyAnn Neal

27. “Don’t squat with your spurs on.” – Will Rogers

28. “Sometimes I think life is just a rodeo, the trick is to ride and make it to the bell.” – John Fogerty

29. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Except cowgirls. Cowgirls will kill you.” – Ray Cole

30. “Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction.” –  Cowboy saying

31. “You’re gonna have to hold on tight, because this rodeo is just getting started.” – Joya Ryan

32. “Rodeo ain’t no ordinary life but a cowboy ain’t no ordinary man.” – Tracy Byrd

33. “Life’s a rodeo and all you have to do is stay in the saddle.” – George Jung

34. “A good old rodeo never hurt anyone.” – Taylor Kitsch

35. “Rodeo be like up and down. ‘Bout to show you how I throw down.” – The Isley Brothers

Eric Mills

Saturday 16th of July 2022

Rodeo is condemned by EVERY animal welfare organization in North America due to its inherent cruelty. For most of these abused creatures the rodeo arena is merely a detour en route to the slaughterhouse.

Rodeo has almost NOTHING to do with agriculture or life on a working ranch, it's mostly macho hype. REAL cowboys/girls never routinely rode bulls, or wrestled steers, or rode bareback, or barrel raced, or practiced calf roping (babies!) as a timed event. Nor did they put flank straps on the animals, or work them over in the holding chutes with painful "hotshots," kicks and slaps.....Some "sport"!

Indeed, rodeo is not a "sport" at all. It's a macho exercise in DOMINATION, and it needs to end. LEGISLATION IS IN ORDER. The United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales) outlawed rodeos back in 1934; Germany and the Netherlands have since followed suit. Can the U.S. be far behind?

Rodeo has had its brutal day and now--like those Confederate statues-- belongs in the Dustbin of History, R.I.P.

Elizabeth Fisher

Thursday 17th of February 2022

Here’s another great quote: "If PETA truly wanted the skinny on animal injuries, they'd have to post observers in the backyard practice lots of aspiring rodeo kids. As a calf roper once confided to me, 'Yeah, I accidentally killed and injured lots of calves when I was learning. I mean, I plain roped their heads off till I really learned how to handle them and not hurt them.'"

From https://web.archive.org/web/20150913155044/https://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/the-mud-the-blood-and-the-poop/Content?oid=1124891

Peggy W Larson

Monday 14th of February 2022

Animal abuse is not funny! Ranchers do NOT ride bulls, speed rope calves or make their horses buck. Rodeo injures and kills animals every year. 6 horses were killed in Calgary at one rodeo. Time to end rodeo permanently.