The Greater Palm Springs Rodeo Corporation Board of Directors and 2021 Hot Rodeo Production Team announce the decision to postpone the 2021 Palm Springs Hot Rodeo previously scheduled for May 7-9, with plans to return May 6-8, 2022.
Public health and safety are a top priority and holding a large gathering of this size can potentially place participants, supporters, entertainers, and volunteers at risk.
“It was a difficult decision to go another year without a rodeo,” said Jeff Rosenberg, President of The Greater Palm Springs Rodeo Corporation. “While we are hopeful and excited for the vaccines and treatments that continue to become available, COVID-19 unfortunately will continue to impact our community into the spring.”
“The CDC advises we’re entering the worst phase of the pandemic right now.” says Jody Cap, Vice President Rodeo Operations. “It’s great vaccination has started; but it’s going to be months before it gets to enough people to make a difference. Estimates vary; but it could be the middle of summer.”
Rodeo Director Buck Beal adds: “Jody’s words are sobering, and I agree with him and Jeff completely. Where the decision to postpone was grueling, it is based on sound science, health, & economic advice. Five months from now simply is too soon. Ultimately, postponement puts our Chapter in a better position for success at our next Hot Rodeo and beyond. In the meantime, we have developed a fundraising program with fun events to start as soon as it is practical to do so. Plans for a gymkhana later this year are in the works also.”
The Greater Palm Springs Chapter of the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association continues to hold monthly membership meetings online. For more information, please visit http://psrodeo.org/