CASA GRANDE — The O’Odham Tash rodeo promises to give spectators two full days of bucking bulls, roping and bronc riding.

The rodeo featuring Native American cowboys and cowgirls from a wide region will include all the major rodeo events and is sanctioned by the Southwest Indian Rodeo Association.

O’Odham Tash Rodeo Secretary Penny Mix previously told PinalCentral that each event has its fans, but the two that stand out are the bull riding and the wild horse races.

In the wild horse races, three-man teams compete against each other as they attempt to catch, saddle and ride to the finish line an uncooperative wild mustang.

The rodeo will also include a special roping competition made up exclusively of the four local tribes: Ak-Chin, Gila River, Tohono O’odham and Salt River.

Winners of each event will be awarded custom belt buckles by local artist Preston Williams Hardware and money.

The O’Odham Tash rodeo is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, at Ed Hooper Rodeo Park. Indian National Finals Rodeo announcer Ray Champ and Native stock contractor Blackhorse Productions will be front and center.

Gates open at noon and the events will begin at 1 p.m. on both days. Admission is $15, seniors and veterans $10, children 12 and under free.

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Maria Vasquez is a reporter covering Eloy, Arizona City and sports. She can be reached at mvasquez@pinalcentral.com.

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