The first rodeo ever held was in Pecos, Texas in 1883. Women would ride broncs and bulls and rope steers. They also competed in many races including fancy roping and riding. “In all of these contests, they often competed against men and won.” World War I almost killed the Rodeo, but three men brought it back to East Texas. In 1929 the Rodeo Association of America (RAA) was introduced. “By 1939, rodeos attracted twice as many spectators as auto racing and baseball.” Rodeos are still a draw for crowds in Texas.
“History of Rodeo.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 20 Mar. 2021, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_rodeo.