The rodeo in the park off San Dimas Canyon and Horsethief Canyon roads north of Foothill Boulevard is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and included as part of the San Dimas Western Days celebration.
A shuttle bus, boarded at the post office at Bonita and Walnut avenues, will take fans from western events in downtown San Dimas and at the San Dimas Civic Center to the rodeo grounds, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The shuttle returns to the post office when the rodeo concludes. There is no fee for the transportation.
Gates open at 11 a.m. both days. Pre-rodeo events, including Sunday's Challenged Buckaroo Rodeo for 5- to 12-year-olds with physical and developmental disabilities, begin at 1 p.m. This specialty event is sponsored by Vons Credit Union.
Painted Magic, an all-female equestrian ensemble with riders drawn from throughout Southern California, will participate in the opening ceremonies with the Golden Stars Skydiving Team.
The rodeo's bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding, steer wrestling, tie down, team roping and barrel racing events start at 2 p.m.
Shawn Parr, the popular Go Country 105.1 radio disc jockey whose wit and music soothe frazzled nerves of early morning motorists, returns as the rodeo's grand marshal on Sunday.
A Southern California native, Parr's big break began with work as a midday and morning disc jockey on an Orange County station. He served as the warm-up personality for television's "High Country Nights" and an announcer for the Academy of County Music Awards broadcast before becoming the most familiar voice on Go Country radio broadcasts.
Parr has additionally been involved in extensive community and charitable service as a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation board member and host of a golf tournament benefit to raise funds for the John Tracy Clinic for the Deaf. He has announced for the Golden Globes, American Music Awards, California Speedway and numerous television shows and commercials.
Slim Garner will be the rodeo clown serving the dual purposes of keeping cowboys and cowgirls safe and rodeo fans laughing and entertained. The second-generation rodeo clown has been clowning around since he was 17 and became a professional rodeo clown 15 years ago.
Garner holds an associate degree in animal science from Garden City Community College in Kansas. He devotes leisure hours to riding horses, roping and helping his father with ranch duties.
Miss Rodeo California Mackenzie Cayford will appear at the rodeo on both days.
The recipients of the 2012 scholarships from the nonprofit rodeo association will be recognized for their academic excellence and community volunteerism.
The 2012 scholars, the high schools they graduated from in June and the colleges they're attending: Shane Burton, San Dimas High, UC San Diego; Sarah Hansen, San Dimas High, Vanguard University; Jenny-Leigh V. Rankin, Bonita High, Cal State Fullerton; Grant D. Seoane, Charter Oak High, Texas Tech University; and Kaylyn Hodge, South Hills High, Iowa State University.
The business men's and women's team roping event returns by popular demand again. This partly sporting, partly entertainment event pairs Inland Valley entrepreneurs and executives with professional and amateur cowboys. The participation fees benefit the rodeo group's community and scholarship programs.
The national anthem will be sung by Jake Nelson on Saturday and Tim Morrison on Sunday.
San Dimas Community Hospital again serves as the rodeo's platinum sponsor. Silver buckle sponsors include Walmart, Toyota of Glendora, Glendora Hyundai, Rocking B and Lazy S Cattle Company, Automatic Data Processing and Morrow Meadows.
Additional sponsors include Air Mercy, Applebee's Neighborhood Bar and Grill, Budlight, Kymco, Lindblade Metalworks Inc., RKA Consulting Group, Walton Construction Services, Boot Barn, Falcon Ridge Ranch, Legend Packaging Group, Majestic Realty, The Curtis Company, Foothill Presbyterian Hospital, In-N-Out Burger, Sanders Towing, Thrifty Horse of Norco, Dr. Bennett C. Jeong, California Bank and Trust and G Bar D Ranch.