Max Reynolds will bring his Roman riding and trick roping routine this weekend to the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series. Reynolds has been performing his act across the country for 40 years and has made several previous stops in Steamboat.

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Max Reynolds will bring his Roman riding and trick roping routine this weekend to the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series. Reynolds has been performing his act across the country for 40 years and has made several previous stops in Steamboat.

Multi-skilled performer back at Steamboat rodeo

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Rodeo schedule

6 p.m. Pre-rodeo barbeque starts

6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Pre-rodeo live entertainment

7:30 p.m. Rodeo starts

Ticket prices

Adults: $15

Children ages 7 to 15: $8

Children ages 6 and younger: Free

Adults can save $1 and children 50 cents by buying their tickets ahead of time. Discounted tickets are available at F.M. Light & Sons, Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Gondola General, Information Center/Vacation Services in Gondola Square, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Steamboat Central Reservations.

What to expect

The events include:

- Bareback Riding

- Saddle Bronc Riding

- Bull Riding

- Tie-Down Roping

- Steer Wrestling

- Team Roping

- #11 Team Roping

- Cowgirl's Barrel Racing

- Pee Wee Barrel Racing

- Calf Scramble

- Ram Scramble

Veteran performers Max Reynolds and Mark Swingler also will perform throughout the weekend.

— Max Reynolds has seen plenty of change. It's hard not to when you've been around rodeos as long as he has. And now, after 40 years performing his acts for fans at rodeos and Wild West shows across the nation, he said he's part of a dying breed.

Reynolds returns today and tomorrow for the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, bringing his Roman riding and trick roping act back to the Yampa Valley.

It's not one trick or the other that separates Reynolds. It's that, in an age of rodeo that focuses more on the cowboy and less on the rodeo act, he's one of the few still fine-tuning two separate disciplines.

"In years past, rodeos always had a lot of entertainment acts, but anymore they might only have one specialty act," said Reynolds, who still travels the country when not at his home base in Nebraska. "The economy is a part of it, so the barrel men have started doing more acts themselves."

That's a change from when the veteran performer first broke into the business. Then, he said, there would be multiple specialty acts every week.

Old-time spirit

The rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. today and continues Saturday at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena at Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs.

When Reynolds takes center stage for his performances, he said he'll bring a little of the old-time, multi-act rodeo spirit with him.

He has two main acts. The Roman riding sends him around the arena and through a series of fire-laden obstacles while standing on the backs of two horses.

"I got started when I was pretty young just by watching other guys doing it at the local county fair," Reynolds said. "I would go back to the ranch, get a couple old saddle horses together, and I just jumped up on them."

His proficiency with a rope also grew out of long days on the farm.

"I always had a rope in my hand, roping cats, dogs, chickens or whatever I saw," he said. "I was self-taught for a lot of years."

Reynolds has shows scheduled throughout the summer, from Idaho to Arkansas. He said he's not sure he'll keep racking up the miles in the future, the price of fuel becoming ever more a factor. Ideally, he'll work more local rodeos or even just settle down at one and focus on his acts at the same place, week in and week out.

That's all in the future, however. For now, Reynolds said, he's thrilled to ride Steamboat again.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back to Steamboat, enjoying the weather and the rodeo," he said. "I really like it up there. There's a great arena, it's a scenic area, and it's a lot cooler than it is in Nebraska."

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