Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo
The Annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo began in 2001 and is the richest two-day rodeo in the nation with a purse totaling more than $200,000. During one weekend in August, the top 30 rodeo contestants in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie down roping, team roping, and bull riding are invited to the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano to vie for one of the largest purses offered anywhere, in one of the best rodeo venues ever as they fight for a cherished spot at the National Finals Rodeo, conducted each December in Las Vegas.
The Ranch family made the commitment to sponsor and conduct the annual Rodeo to help perpetuate the tradition of rodeo and to pay tribute to the sport, to the heritage of the land, and to raise funds for local charities. In 2015, upon the 15th anniversary of the Rodeo, the Ranch family announced that the Rodeo had successfully raised more than $1.5 million dollars to date for local charities.
The funds raised help honor the old cowboy tradition of “passing the hat” in support of a family in need. Over the years, all proceeds from the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo have been donated to such charities as Mission Hospital’s Camino Health Center and J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center. To learn more about the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo, visit www.RMVRodeo.com.