History of the Payson Spring Rodeo


During its earliest years, Payson's Spring Rodeo was part of the National Old-Timers Rodeo Association, now known as the Senior Pro Rodeo Tour.


In 1987 it became the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo to honor the memory of the Payson native who died in 1987.

Hardt was a well-known roper. He was recognized throughout the Southwest for his bull riding and roping talents. His rodeo career began in 1962 at the World's


Oldest Continuous Rodeo in Payson.


As a member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association, Hardt rode bulls for about 20 years.  During the last 10 years of his work in rodeo, he became a well-established roper as well.


This memorial event benefits local youth with educational and athletic achievements.  The event is coordinated by the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, led by Bill Armstrong.



For more information call - Bill Armstrong 928-474-9440 or visit the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee at



Payson Event Center
May 16-18, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Cactus WPRA Barrel Racing

Gates open at 5:00PM

Performance starts at 7PM

Friday, May 17, 2019

Tough Enough to Wear Pink night

Gates open at 5:00PM

Performance starts at 7PM

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Patriotic Performance to Honor our Wounded and Fallen Veterans

Gates open at 5:00PM

Performance starts at 7PM


 Adults (ages 12-64) $16.10

 Seniors $13.80

 Kids (8-12) $11.50

 Kids - 7 and Under Free

 Active Military Free

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Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department
1000 W. Country Club Dr.

Payson, AZ 85541  |  928-472-5110

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Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo