Tribute to Lu Vason, Founder

Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo

Four Generations of Black Cowboys and Cowgirls

2016 Schedule

2016 Schedule

Great action and excitement coming your way this year. We may be coming to a city near you!.

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Explore and Experience the "Greatest Show on Dirt!"

  • Our goal is to preserve the heritage and legacy of African American contributions to the American West and to give recognition to the cowboys and cowgirls who were pioneers in the sport of rodeos.

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  • This year’s Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo will feature a "Tribute to Lu Vason, founder of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo. This ensemble of cowboys and cowgirls will boast a colorful display of rodeo excellence, excitement and action that will get you off your seats!

  • Give the Gift of Heritage!

    Give your family friends an evening of rodeo excitement featuring Black cowboys and Cowgirls from across the U.S., We have bull riding, barrel racing, bare back, bull dogging, calf roping and mutton busting and much more!

  • Our events are exciting, fast-paced, thrilling and feature non-stop action!

    Don't miss the rodeo that features some amazing Black and Native American cowboys and cowgirls!

Lu Vason

Founder of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo

"I encourage you to accept that you may not be able to see a 
path right now, but that doesn't mean it's not there.“
With over four decades showcasing national and international talent, Lu Vason was an experienced producer, media impresario and market consultant.  His extensive credits include creating the Pointer Sister, founding both the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo and MLK African American Heritage Rodeo of Champions, producing the 1st Annual Denver Jazz Festival, brought “Harlem Comes to Denver”, “Harlem Returns to Denver” (featuring the Dance Theatre of Harlem), OperaJazz and an array of other events. 

Through his company, Lu Vason Presents, diverse communities were able to experience unique entertainment events and opportunities; nurturing audiences with memorable cultural art experiences and inspiration. Lu’s true passion was his love for the rodeo and the black cowboy and cowgirl.  Vason used the rodeo not only for entertainment but also as an educational tool, sharing the story of the African American cowboy and cowgirl while touching hundreds of thousands of lives all over the world. 

Lu Vason's  legacy will live on through the Bill Picket Invitational Rodeo as it begins its 32nd year. The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo has traveled to 33 cities and is known as the world's only Touring African American rodeo.

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Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo
PO Box 39163
Denver CO 80239, USA


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9 AM - 5 PM
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10 AM - 3 PM


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303 373 1246
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