In a summer of things not happening, it is exciting to think that something might and that is why I am keeping a close eye on the Painted Pony Championship Rodeo. Originally, they had hoped to open when Phase 4 arrived to their region of New York which should have been by July 3rd. Then on June 25th they announced that they would not be open for July 4th weekend as they had hoped but hopefully by mid-July. Now, it looks like they have had to push off opening day again.

In a Facebook post put up this afternoon they announced that they don't have state approval yet and are pushing off Opening Day to Wednesday, July 29th. They are hoping to get in at least 6 weeks of Rodeo. They also are working with customers who have bought season passes or individual tickets. Customers can contact them for options and refunds at Shana@paintedponyrodeo.com.

Once they open you can enjoy the Painted Pony every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through Labor Day. They offer a Texas Style BBQ at 6 pm each night and then the Rodeo at 8 PM rain or Shine. If you have never been to a rodeo this is a great place to learn more about this traditional American sporting event which entertains people of all ages. It makes the perfect family night.

If you have never been to a rodeo this is a great place to learn more about this traditional American sporting event which entertains people of all ages. It makes the perfect family night.

Shawn Graham became the owner operator of the Painted Pony in 2001 according to their official website. It also mentions that he rebuilt the Longhorn Salon, covered the grandstands and has been working on the stock. They are keeping the western tradition alive in upstate New York.

Rodeo is an action pack sport comprised of a variety of events. At the Painted Pony you will get to experience everything from bull riding to team roping to barrel racing.  If you are new it will be a great introduction to rodeo and for anyone is familiar with the rodeo world you find it to be authentic and worth the trip north from the Hudson Valley.

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