EUGENE – Organizers announed Tuesday that this year’s 29th Eugene Pro Rodeo has been canceled due to the pandemic.

Event organizers recognized businessman Maajor DeFoe, and stated:

“This year has been like no other, we’re living through an unparalleled moment in history. For most, including the Oregon Horse Center, this has hit our businesses and families hard. If the EPR stands for one thing, it stands for supporting our community. So, in light of our focus on the well-being of our community we have made the hard decision to cancel the 29th Eugene Pro Rodeo. Holding the EPR would be too much risk and burden to place on the businesses that sponsor this staple event and all the families that make up those businesses.

“Of course, the rodeo couldn’t happen without our board members, staff and volunteers. You keep the show running year in and year out; the last thing we would want to do is put any of you or your family members at risk.

“Lastly, and certainly not least, to all our attendees and participants. The EPR would not happen without you. Our event is built on the support of our community and we want to do everything we can to ensure your safety and health.

“Although we are incredibly sad to be missing out on this annual celebration, we hope that this helps in any way to keep your businesses running and lightens your burden even in the slightest. We know we’ll see you all back here next year for the 30-year anniversary.”