SILVER SPOONS, BUCKING BRONCOS
The late E. Paul Waggoner, heir to the half-million acre Waggoner Ranch, decided in 1945 that he wanted the best rodeo arena money could buy. With nothing (including a budget) to stand in his way, Waggoner proceeded to construct Vernon’s Santa Rosa Rodeo Grounds, a ninety-acre complex featuring an outdoor lighted rodeo arena, ten bucking chutes, roping chutes, a bandstand, announcer’s booth, and private owner’s box known as the “Crow’s Nest”. The grandstands, brought from the Arlington Downs Race Track, held a seating capacity of 4700 and an additional five bleachers provided seating for another 3,000 spectators. Nearby, Waggoner built a stud barn and horse stalls, offices, a vet clinic, corrals and pens, and a 28,000 square-foot, covered riding arena that also served as a dance floor complete with band stage. Waggoner’s notable quarter horse, “Poco Bueno”, even had his own private pen with a water vat for soaking his feet. Today, this historic rodeo complex continues to host the Santa Rosa Roundup, Vernon’s annual Santa Rosa Rodeo Grounds tradition begun in 1946.
Santa Rosa Rodeo Ground
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