Caldwell Night Rodeo begins; New Plymouth bull rider is No. 7 in world

The Caldwell Night Rodeo is expecting 40,000-plus fans over five nights, starting Tuesday.
The Caldwell Night Rodeo is expecting 40,000-plus fans over five nights, starting Tuesday. Statesman file photo

The Caldwell Night Rodeo, one of the top professional rodeos in the world, also features most of the sport’s top cowboys and cowgirls.

Roscoe Jarboe is a 20-year-old rookie bull rider from New Plymouth who suddenly belongs in that company.

The former high school wrestler and football player, who graduated from New Plymouth in 2014, vaulted onto the national scene last month by winning the Frontier Days Rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyo. He’s seventh in the world standings with $69,154.67 in money earned this season.

The top 15 qualify for the National Finals Rodeo in December in Las Vegas.

“After winning Cheyenne, I need to buckle down and ride what I can for the rest of the year,’’ Jarboe said.

Jarboe, who said he’s been attending the CNR with his family since he was a baby, is competing Saturday in Caldwell.

“I would love to get a win there. That would be awesome; it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,’’ he said.

Before Caldwell, Jarboe has rodeo stops this week in Lynden, Wash., Canby, Ore., and Moses Lake, Wash.

The 82nd annual Caldwell Night Rodeo runs Tuesday through Saturday, starting at 6:30 (junior rodeo) and 8 (pro rodeo) each night. The championship round is Saturday for barrel racing, saddle bronc, bareback, steer wrestling, tie-down roping and team roping. The top scorers from each event this week return for the Saturday finals.

There is only one round in bull riding, spread out over the five nights.

On Tuesday, freestyle bullfighting makes its debut at the Caldwell Night Rodeo. The one-time event, featuring acrobatics and stunts, is a scored competition between bullfighter and bull.

Adult ticket prices range from $15 to $22 and are available at or at the gate.