Roundup's Press Room

The Crooked River Roundup is proud to have been covered extensively in the media and awarded generously over the years—here are just a few entries to boost your CRR IQ.

Latest Annoucements

  • Crooked River Roundup Horse Races Canceled Due to COVID-19

    The 2020 Crooked River Roundup Horse Races will not go forward this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


    The Roundup’s pari-mutuel horse races were set to run July 15-18 at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville. The races attract the largest daily handle of any racetrack in Oregon and the largest average daily attendance of any track in the state. 

    Earlier this month, the Roundup Association announced the cancellation of the 75th Annual Crooked River Roundup. In 1967, pari-mutuel horse racing was added to the line-up of Crooked River Roundup events.

    “It has become clear that July is not a viable option based on the uncertainties due to COVID-19,” said Roundup Horse Race chair Doug Smith. “The decision to cancel was made with a heavy heart. We want to thank our sponsors, volunteers, and community members who support this treasured event.”

    The races will return in July of 2021.

  • 75th Crooked River Roundup Rodeo in June 2020 Canceled Due to COVID-19


    ‘Re-ride 75’ planning underway for 2021



    (PRINEVILLE, Ore) — The 75th Annual Crooked River Roundup, scheduled for June 25-27, has been canceled because of the coronavirus.


    It is the first time, since the inaugural Crooked River Roundup in 1945, the rodeo has been canceled. Earlier this year, to mark the 75th running of the event, Prineville city officials proclaimed 2020 as the “Year of the Cowboy.”


    Held annually in June and July at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville, the Roundup Association puts on two separate events that includes the PRCA rodeo and the largest pari-mutuel horse races in the State of Oregon. An announcement regarding the Crooked River horse races is scheduled for May 15, 2020.


    "This was a heartbreaking decision for everyone involved,” Crooked River Roundup president Jason Snider said in a statement. “We have exhausted all possible options and came to the conclusion that because of the ongoing ban on large public events, it will not be possible to proceed with the rodeo as we have for nearly 75 years.”


    Each year, the Roundup attracts many of the top professional rodeo competitors in the world. Past winners have included some of the biggest names in rodeo, and the event is well-known for introducing up-and-coming talent.


    “During a rodeo, if a roughstock rider receives a low score due to poor performance from the bull or bronc, they will be given a chance to do a re-ride,” said Snider. “We’re grateful to our loyal sponsors, more than 200 volunteers, and a strong community who will help us ‘Re-ride-75’ in 2021.”


Special Recognition

  • Justin Boots' Best Footing Award WPRA- 2019 Columbia River Circuit Most-Improved
  • Columbia River Circuit 2018 Medium Size Rodeo of the Year

Media's Emergency Point of Contact

  • Crooked River Roundup's General Manager, Kara Snider (541-447-4479)
  • CRR Board President, Jason Snider (541-480-8428).

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2020 is the Year of the Cowboy
In the lead-up to the Crooked River Roundup's 75th Anniversary Kickoff Gala next month and the Roundup this summer, event leaders are putting an emphasis on the cowboy.

75th Crooked River Roundup Kickoff Dinner surpasses goals
A sold-out event to kick off the historic Crooked River Roundup last month has netted $10,000 for local nonprofit beneficiaries in Prineville. 

2020 Marks 75 Years for the Crooked River Roundup
One of Oregon’s oldest family entertainment events celebrates its 75th year in 2020.

Honoring Local Rodeo Heritage
Local survey-takers choose bronc rider statue option for roundabout centerpiece.

Winning Number 1,000
Jonathan Nance, formerly of Prineville, reaches a major milestone as a horse trainer.

Putting on the Ritz, Crooked River Roundup-Style
In anticipation of the 75th anniversary of the Roundup, event organizers will be hosting a gala fundraiser in early February.


Not Your Ordinary Crooked River Roundup
One for the record books—a purse of more than $104,000 and some of the top rodeo athletes in the world.

Crooked River Roundup Brings Classic Horse Racing Fun to Prineville
About 4,000 attendees enjoyed the atmosphere, horses, and gambling opportunities.

Bigger Purses, Live Video Will Greet Race Goers
Huge investment, huge plus: Big screen TV means that, for the first time, race-goers will get a completely clear view of the backstretch.

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