The first rodeos were roundups held by Spaniards for the purpose of joining all the cows with all the herd sires to assure the best calf crop. Geography sometimes kept cows and bulls apart too long. These rodeos took several weeks and often involved several brands when fences did not exist.
When families of the owners of the brands began enjoying these meetings, rodeos evolved into gatherings of people. In the cattle country of the United States rodeos were no longer for cattle breeding. They were for celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, holidays and centennials. At rodeos the man showed the prowess they had developed in their husbandry of cattle in contests of roping and horsemanship. Women showed off their best sewing and cooking and their babies. In the evenings the men and women danced to fiddle music while the young and the lonely courted.