General Manager of the Reno Rodeo
Jun 21, 2021
George Combs
General Manager of the Reno Rodeo

George Combs is originally from Caldwell Idaho, a medium size town just a little over 25 miles from Boise.  He was always interested in rodeo and competed in Jr. High, High School rodeo and then as an amateur in both roping and steer wrestling. In 1987  George started volunteering with the Caldwell Night Rodeo and overtime, became part of the board of directors and later became the President in 2005 and again in 2006. In 2007 he sold his construction company to retire, but in 2009, was asked to become the G.M. of the Caldwell Night Rodeo.  This in turn led him to Reno in 2015, becoming the general manager of the Reno Rodeo (The Wildest Richest Rodeo in the West).

The G.M is a paid, full time position as opposed to the volunteer positions with the board. Essentially, you are responsible for the operation in total. Selling sponsorships and making sure it is a positive experience for the sponsors, is one part of the job. Contracting for stock, arranging the purses (money paid out to contestant winners) and interfacing with the participants, plus ticket sales are other parts.  Even arranging for portable toilets to security staffing. All the things you can think of that go into the rodeo, fall under the G.M. There are 650 pro rodeos in the US, above and beyond amateur rodeos. The pro rodeos are members of the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association), and Reno Rodeo is in the top 5.

George and his wife  have thoroughly enjoyed the last 6 plus years leaving in Reno and are looking forward to many more years.