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Become a Volunteer

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Why do the Round-Up volunteers turn out every year? The pleasure of participation, some say. Volunteers work on every aspect of the Round-Up, from directors to gate-keepers. It’s been like that since the show started in 1910. Many of the volunteers have worked at their jobs 30 years or more, and 20-year veterans are common. “Without them, you just wouldn’t have a Pendleton Round-Up worthy of its name,” one long-time observer said. It’s been estimated that volunteers work about 20,000 hours during the year for the Round-Up. In 1931, Round-Up President Henry Collins spoke for the Directors in refusing an invitation to take the Round-Up to Washington, D.C. The thought prevails yet: “It would be necessary to take the whole city of Pendleton, people and all… For the Round-Up is not just a Wild West show. It is the product of… community spirit.”

Benefits of being a Volunteer:
  • Community Service
  • Scholarships *when you are involved with Round-Up you are able to apply for our scholarship program, we give dozens annually!
  • Looks amazing on a resume
  • Discounts & Coupons to our retail store!
  • First to know the really exciting stuff (concert acts, new adventures & more)
  • At our annual appreciation gathering (1 for minors, 1 for 21+) we have tons of giveaways (trip to VEGAS?!), prize packages to raffle, and delicious food and beverages!
  • The people you meet will help in more ways than you imagine!
  • Interested in being on the Round-Up Queen & Court? GREAT way to get to know the other Volunteers and Directors.
  • Oh, and did we mention we are the PRCA Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year? AGAIN?!

Pennant Bearers Wanted!

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Here are some guidelines for Pennant Bearers, please use our Volunteer form if you are interested in joining our team!

We will ask that you commit to riding in 5 or more parades.


*Western type belt to be worn. *Red Cinch or Wrangler shirt purchased by the PRU Store, tucked in. *Pressed and creased Wranglers - buy long - when in saddle they should reach heel of boot. *Felt hat--please do not bend your hat after it has been shaped. Hat to be worn square on head and pinned on. If you choose to wear a helmet, it must be black. *Dark cowboy boots.

Bring rain gear to all parades, Parade Director may have extra ponchos if needed.


*Well-groomed and appropriate is a must! *Long hair should be worn pulled back off your face in ponytail or braid, etc. Short hair must be worn neatly under hat. *No sunglasses.


*All tack must be leather and it good condition. *Tack must be cleaned and polished before parade, including silver being polished. *Tan saddle pad (purchased from D&B). Keep pad in a plastic bag to prevent it from getting soiled. *Pad fits over your regular pad, do not use the pad alone, always have a thicker pad underneath. *Always bring your flag holder! Flag holder mandatory or you will not be allowed to carry flag or pennant, you may be asked to switch sides of the flag at different parades-practice both.

HORSE –If you have a kicking horse, do not bring that animal to parades!

*Horse must be shod. *Horses must be cleaned before each parade.*Clip your horse’s bridle path, muzzle, throat latch and fetlocks. *Keep fly spray handy.


*Absolutely NO riding double. *Positions will be assigned at each parade. *Each rider will take 1/2 of one side of the street. *Try to stay together in an orderly fashion. *Please sit straight in your saddle. *Please try to keep your horse under control at all times. *Do not walk up on the back of another person's horse. Two horse lengths should be adequate. *If the parade stops, you must plan ahead.*Don't get yourself in a potentially dangerous situation.*Large flags will be rotated with older pennant bearers. *You will be assigned partners at parade site with someone that has a horse that is comparable in color and size to yours.



*Photos by Brian Blake

Print the Guidelines Here!

Request to be a Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Volunteer

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The Let’er Buck! Code Volunteer Policy Agreement

Volunteers are the backbone of the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon. As a volunteer, you are our face to the community throughout the year, and to tens of thousands that come to enjoy our events every September. To meet yours, and our expectations of a positive experience and to ensure the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon has its best foot forward every year, we ask that you read and sign the following Let’er Buck! Code.

The Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon will provide you with –

  • A positive and rewarding experience that allows you to be a part of the historic Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon show.
  • Necessary orientation and any specialized training for specific jobs such as LBR and Goldie’s bartenders, security volunteers, ticket takers, ushering, etc.
  • An open and friendly environment where every volunteer is encouraged to approach any Board of Directors member with ideas, problems and concerns.

We ask that you -

  • Be an active part of our teams and attend any necessary training classes offered for your volunteer positions.
  • Conduct yourself in an appropriate and ethical manner at all times when dealing with our visitors’, contestants, volunteers, staff, animals and Board Members.
  • Please be safe! If you see any unsafe conditions, anyone damaging our facilities, or endangering any animal please report it to our security personnel immediately.
What is unacceptable -
  • Verbal or physical harassment, any profane or abusive language to visitors, contestants, staff, animals or fellow volunteers.
  • Any violence or threat of violence to any individual or animal.
  • Any theft from visitors, volunteers, Happy Canyon Co. or the Round-Up Association.
  • Any of the above can and will result in your immediate removal from our properties and loss of your future volunteer status for both the R-Up and HC.

By my agreement, I confirm that I have read, understand and agree with the Let’er Buck! Code and will comply with all parts herein.

Let'er Buck! Code
Code of Conduct  

***We will contact you via E-mail with the work areas available to volunteer***

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