The idea of a Rodeo in Poway was started by two Poway Valley Riders Association members, John Walker and Jack Miller. It took them several years to prepare and make all of the necessary arrangements to sponsor a sanctioned PRCA Rodeo in Poway. They and their wives traveled to Oklahoma City, to the National Finals Rodeo, spending their own money, to make the contacts with the PRCA, stock contractors, specialty acts, and rodeo announcer Bob Tallman. Thru their efforts PVRA, The Lions Club, and the Poway Chamber of Commerce formed the Poway Rodeo Committee and produced the first Poway Rodeo in 1973.
The Poway Rodeo will continue to feature the traditions of the old West and Cowboy heritage while honoring our years of hosting the Poway Rodeo. The event is a natural fit with Poway, whose “city in the country” motto plays up a rural and horse-friendly atmosphere despite the city’s proximity to San Diego.