Rodeo Masbateño

Cultural in Masbate Town

In the second week of April Masbate hosts a four-day rodeo, which seeks to celebrate its cattle and ranching industry with cowboys and cowgirls coming from all over the island. The event includes bull-riding contests and steer-dogging (leaping from horseback and wrestling steers to the ground by their horns).

Note that animal welfare groups say the latter in particular can involve risk of neck injury to the animal. Rodeo organisers have stated the festival adheres to all welfare regulations, and that a veterinarian ensures animals are in good condidtion throughout.