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The Rupununi Rodeo

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This article was first published on the 9th of April 2018 by Patrick Carpen.

Last updated: January 23, 2020 at 11:25 am
A Rupununi Cowgirl Gets Ready to Ride. Photo: Amanda Richards

The Rupununi Rodeo Performances is one of Guyana‘s most celebrated annual events. The Rodeo Performances take place during the Easter Weekend in the month of April each year.

The Rupununi Rodeo Performances attracts tourists from all parts of the world. Hotels are usually booked out months in advance, so if you’re planning to come to the Rupununi Rodeo in April, be sure to book your hotel room about 4 months in advance.

The Rupununi Rodeo Performances is an annual concert of live entertainment filled with heat, excitement and adrenaline-pumping action. The rodeo performances showcase the skill, art, bravery and raw power of Rupununi-born-and-bred cowboys and cowgirls. It is a phenomenon that explodes across the Rupununi Savannahs and ripples its way across almost every economic sector of Guyana.

There are two separate Rodeo Shows which take place on the Easter Weekend. They are, namely:

  1. The Lethem Rodeo – which is held at the Rodeo Ground in Lethem, Central Rupununi on the Saturday and Sunday of the Easter Weekend.
  2. The Sandcreek Rodeo – which is held in Sandcreek Village, South Rupununi Savannahs – on Eastern Monday.

There is also the Bonfim Rodeo which takes place right across the border in the Brazilian city of Bonfim. The Bonfim Rodeo is held one week after the Easter Weekend.

The Rupununi Rodeo – Activities

The Rupununi Rodeo Shows are an intensifying blend of acrobatic and cultural activities which dates back to as far as the 1960s. They include:

  1. Horse Races.
  2. Bare Back Bronco
  3. Saddle Bronco
  4. Barrel Races
  5. Calf Riding
  6. Bull Riding
  7. And much more…

The Rupununi Rodeo – Photos

Photos by Amanda Richards. Used with Permission.

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