Read the Annual Bill Pickett International Rodeo Tour COVID-19 response below:
BPIR KEEPS 2020 TOUR ON PAUSE DUE TO COVID-19
“Ridin with you virtually”
COVID-1 continues to throw us a curveball as we are learning new things about the virus. Seeing the tragic increases in the number of people who are infected and the deaths across the world and the US. I sit here today, monitoring what is going on across the country trying to decide what we will do about the remaining 2020 Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo tour.
As you know, unfortunately, we had to cancel Memphis, and based on the current state protocols in California for COVID-19, we will not be able to have our West Coast tour with rodeos in Oakland and Los Angeles. Regardless of whether we agree or disagree with the decisions being made by the various states, not having these rodeos are the right thing to do. We would never put our BPIR family, supporters, venue partners, or sponsors in harm’s way because our priority is to do what is right and protect everyone at the same time.
Understanding how much is still unknown about COVID-19 and the devastation it has already caused, I have made a decision that our contestants, supporters, venue partners, and sponsors are more important than us trying to do a rodeo that might expose anyone to the virus. As a result, my decision is to keep everyone safe, therefore the BPIR 2020 Season is being CANCELLED.
The cancellation means that we will not be doing rodeos this year in Oakland, CA., Los Angeles, CA., Atlanta, GA., or Upper Marlboro/Washington, DC.
I was hoping that I would not have to make this decision, but COVID-19 is calling all the shots at this point. I can assure you that I will be taking the remainder of 2020 to continue monitoring COVID-19 and determining how we return in 2021 if possible. Additionally, we will continue making a difference in the community by staying involved where and when we can. We will be “Ridin with your virtually”, so stay plugged in at www.billpickettrodeo.com or on our Facebook page.
I personally thank everyone who has supported us over the 36 years and assure you we will get through this together by taking one day at a time. We must have faith that we will have an opportunity to rodeo, laugh, and embrace each other sometime in the future.
Until then, please practice physical distancing, wear your mask/facial coverings, and be careful when out in public. Be sensible, wise, and take care of yourself until we see you in the future.
We love you and pray for your protection!
Valeria Howard Cunningham, President