'There was never a hoss that couldn't be rode and never a rider that couldn't be throwed." The saying is a very old one, but the rodeo performers of 1987 will tell you it's still the Truth, with a capital T.
Hundreds of these rough-and-tumble philosophers will be bucking across Southern California in the next few months, to the delight of rodeo fans.
So if you're hankering for a look at how the West really was won, put on your boots and Stetson, pardner, and mosey on down to the arenas where cowboys and cowgirls will be trying to rope in some prize money.
Agoura Hills' Pony Express Days Rodeo, Sept. 12 and 13 at 2 p.m.; $6. At Kanan Road and Agoura Road in Agoura; (818) 706-2660. Other events in Pony Express Days will include a carnival Sept. 10 through 13; a sock hop featuring the Platters singing group at 7 p.m. Sept. 10; Monster Truck Madness, an exhibition by big-wheel trucks, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11; a barbecue and square dance at 4 p.m Sept. 12; a concert by Nicolette Larson, with the Western Union band as opening act, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12; a parade at 11 a.m. Sept. 13; a chili cook-off at 11 a.m. Sept 13; a concert by the Ricky Skaggs group, with the Bull Durham band as opening act, 7:30 p.m. Sept 13.
Big Bear Rodeo, Sept. 5, 6 and 7 at 1 p.m.; adults $6, children 6 to 12 years old $4, under 5 free. At Los Vaqueros Arena, in Shay Meadow at Big Bear City; (714) 866-5751. Sponsored by the Vaqueros Riding Club and the Big Bear Sheriff's Mounted Posse and set in the picturesque San Bernardino Mountains.
Bishop 55th Wild West Rodeo Weekend, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Assn. (PRCA) Rodeo at 8 p.m. Sept. 5; Junior Rodeo at 1 p.m. Sept. 6; PRCA Rodeo at 8 p.m. Sept. 6; Local Rodeo at 1 p.m. Sept. 7. Adults $6 to $8 and children $3 to $5 for PRCA rodeos, $1 Junior Rodeo and $5 Local Rodeo. At Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop; (619) 873-8405. Other attractions of Wild West Rodeo Weekend: a team-penning contest at 5 p.m. Sept. 4; a carnival from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 5, 6 and 7; Wild West bed races 9:30 a.m. Sept. 5; chili cook-off 4 p.m. Sept. 5; antique bit and spur swap meet 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7.
Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. Adults $7, children $5; (619) 344-5206. Tickets can be purchased at the rodeo office, (619) 344-5206, 205 S. Imperial Ave., Brawley, or by mail, P. O. Box 1336, Brawley, Calif. 92227. Includes a wild-horse race and a team-penning contest. Related events: a parade at 9 a.m. Nov. 7 and barbecues at 11 a.m. Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 at the arena, off Rodeo Drive in southwest Brawley. This will be the Cattle Call's 32nd year.
Delhaven Community Foundation Charity ProRodeo and Auction, Oct. 17 and 18 at 1:30 p.m. Adults $6, children $3. Two-day tickets: adults $10, children $5. At 16200 Temple Ave., City of Industry; (818) 964-1844. The arena is part of a newly renovated 300-acre equestrian center in the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley. There will also be a charity auction at 6 p.m. Oct. 17.
Poway Rodeo, Oct. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4 at 2:30 p.m. Adults $5 and $6; children $3 in advance, $4 at the gate. At Twin Peaks Road and Tierra Bonita Road in Poway; (619) 748-0016 or (619) 486-1050. Nine-time world rodeo champion Casey Tibbs will be there. Jim Shoulders' Poway Rodeo is one of the oldest in San Diego County and is the highlight of Poway Pow Wow Days Sept. 19 to Oct. 4. Other Pow Wow Days events include a barbecue at 6 p.m. Sept. 19, a chili cook-off at 11 a.m. Sept. 26 and a parade at 9 a.m. Oct. 3. Proceeds from all events benefit Poway youth activities and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of San Diego County.
Oceanside Rodeo, Saturday and Sunday at noon; adults $7, children $4. At the San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall; (619) 940-9517. Retired rodeo champion Casey Tibbs will be among celebrity guests at the fifth annual Oceanside event, which benefits the Boys and Girls clubs in the area. Promoters say the rodeo is the largest in San Diego County.
Simi Valley Days Pro Rodeo, Sept. 26 and 27 at 2 p.m. Adults $9, children $6. At Los Angeles Avenue and Madera Road in Simi Valley; (805) 526-3900 or (805) 526-7003. Included in Simi Valley Days are a carnival, noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 23 to 27; a 9 a.m. parade on Sept. 26; tractor-
pull contests at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26, and a chili cook-off at 10 a.m. Oct. 3.
Triangle T Rodeo at Farmers Fair, Oct. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m.; $4 fair entry, $5 rodeo entry. At Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Lake Perris; (714) 658-2185. Includes livestock exhibition, commercial exhibits and carnival concessions. The Coors Belgian Hitch, a team of draft horses, will be on hand.
Twentynine Palms Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo, Oct. 17 and 18 at 2 p.m. Adults $6; children 12 years and younger $3. At the Utah Trails Fairgrounds; (619) 367-3445. Pioneer Days fun begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 with an outhouse race and continues weekends until Oct. 18. Children's Day activities, starting at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 in Luckie Park, will include a coloring contest, a dog show and games. Other events of Pioneer Days: an arm-wrestling contest at 9 a.m. Oct. 11; a truck pull at 7 p.m. Oct. 16; a parade at 10 a.m. Oct. 17. Twentynine Palms has been observing Pioneer Days for 51 years.