Davie calls itself “Cowboy Town,” and in case there’s any doubt, the Davie Pro Rodeo Arena makes rodeo almost a weekly event in South Florida.
The rodeo, which this year hosts 14 bull-riding, rodeo and Rodeo for Youth events, is considered the oldest in Florida and is part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit.
The indoor/outdoor facility traces its heritage to the early 1920s, when local residents began having rodeos in a pit dubbed Davie Rodeo Arena. In 1978 the town planned to scrap the arena for youth athletic fields, but about 200 residents rode horseback to a Town Council meeting in protest. The arena was saved and the Davie Rodeo Association, previously called Davie for Horses, was formed to protect it.
Here are some of the notable rodeos coming up:
Sept. 7, 2013: Davie Pro Rodeo Championship
Nov. 7-9, 2013: Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo
Feb. 22-23, 2014: Orange Blossom Festival & Rodeo
June 27, 2014: Davie Pro Rodeo for Kids
Info: Davie Pro Rodeo Arena, 4271 Davie Rd., Davie, 954-680-8005, http://davieprorodeo.com