A free educational program for school groups held at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds.
Rodeo Education and Children (REACh) is a fun, educational program that celebrates the historic sport of rodeo and the spirit of the American West. This popular program has been offered to Tucson-area elementary schools since1995. There is no charge for the program.
REACh introduces K-6 grade students to all aspects of the exciting sport of rodeo while increasing their awareness of Western heritage and the working cowboy. The instructor uses student participation to demonstrate actual rodeo equipment and rodeo events. Important components of the REACh presentation are its positive and unique substance abuse and gang prevention messages. Students learn to “cowboy up” when faced with difficult choices. The presentation is 45 minutes long.
Since its inception in 1991, REACh has been introduced to over three million students in 31 states. The program was created by Penny Conway, an elementary school teach and rodeo competitor from Payson, Ariz. All instructors are certified elementary educators.
Mon., Feb. 19 and Tues., Feb. 20: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. each day. Each session is 45 minutes.
Students are welcome to bring sack lunches, snacks and beverages. Concession stands will also be open.
Home school groups are welcome but must register in advance to receive free admission.
All programs are at Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave., on the southeast corner of S.6th Ave. and Irvington Road. Free parking for busses and cars.
Attendance is by reservation only
For reservations, contact the Tucson Rodeo office at 741-2233. Or, email your reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate a desired date and time slot, school name, grade, and how many students will be attending, including teachers and parent chaperones. Also include a contact phone number and/or email address.
NOTE: Before or after the program, teachers and students are invited to watch qualifying rounds in the rodeo arena. Events on Monday and Tuesday begin at 8 a.m. and include barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie-down and team roping. Seating is open.
Kids Take Center Stage in Special Events
RAM Mutton Bustin’ - 12:30 p.m. each Rodeo Day
Boys and girls ages 4-6 gear up with protective vests and helmets and test their riding skills on sheep. The key to success is to hang on!
Entries are limited. Applications to enter Ram Mutton Bustin’ are available at the Tucson Rodeo Committee office, 4823 S. 6th Ave. in Tucson, or by calling (520) 741-2233.
Justin Junior Rodeo - 1 p.m. each Rodeo Day
Meet the next generation of rodeo champions! Boys and girls ages 5-12 compete in roping events, steer riding and barrel racing.
Sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Stock furnished by Beutler & Son Rodeo Co. Photos courtesy of Louise Serpa, Dan Hubbell, Mia Larocque and Jennifer Vimmerstedt. The terms Tucson Rodeo® and La Fiesta de los Vaqueros® are protected by federal trademark and copyright law.