Rodeo Queens at Barretos – Largest Rodeo in Latin America.
“On the 15th of July, a group of 20 young men seated at a bar in the town of Barretos, state of São Paulo, found “Os Independentes”. Whoever wanted to join the club should be over 18 years of age, single and financially independent, as the intention of the group was to gather funds for assisting entities during the town`s anniversary celebrations. It was also established that the presidential term would last a year, but could be extended for a second year. For being the originator of the idea, Antonio Renato Prata is the first President.”
“The Barretos Rodeo started in 1956 as the first event of its kind in Latin America. Since its first edition, which was held under a circus tent, until now, not only has the event grown and made a name for itself, it has become the most important Brazilian back country cultural reference. With its international repercussion it has become part of the agenda for cowboys the world over.
With its 50th Anniversary in 2005, the Barretos Rodeo is highlighted in the national scene as one of the oldest entertainment events in the country, with a history of growth, success and projection.”
Several Brazilian bull riders are on the US rodeo circuit and are considered among the best in the World. North Americans cowboys participate at Barretos as well.
His total earnings to date: US$ 1,324,329.76
Famous singers from abroad have also participated at the Barretos event – Garth Brooks in 1998, Allan Jackson in 1999, Reba McEntire in 2000, A-ha and Gloria Gaynor in 2002 and Mariah Carey in 2008