Saturday, February 18, 2006

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2006

The 'RodeoHouston' is ranked as the world's largest rodeo with over one million spectators annually. I was curious to see how the 'rodeo' and 'cowboy competitions' began so here is.......

A little bit of history......

Rodeo competition originally began in the late 1800's, with cowboys competing in informal, friendly competitions. The first 'official' cowboy competition was in 1936 - Boston - of all places!!!...

The rodeo cowboys, in that competition, were angry with the promoters in that they (the promoters) were the only ones gaining $$$ from the competition. The rodeo cowboys (contestants) refused to compete any longer until the prize money was used fairly; distribute prize money faiely, judge events equally, and advedrtise the sport accordingly. There were 60 cowboys in that group, and they becamse the Cowboy Turtles Association.

The association became the 'Rodeo Cowboys Association' in 1945 and in 1975 becamse the 'Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association'.

Today, the 'Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association' (PRCA) hosts over 700 rodeos across the nation, giving over $34 million in prize money and over 20 million spectators attend these functions.

Like the 'Olympics', the 'champions' compete in over 125 rodeos throughout the year to gain a spot in the 'National Finals Rodeo' (NFR).

The NFR hosts the top 15 competitors in each category going through 10 painstaking rounds for $4.5 million dollars and then on to 10 more painstaking rounds for a part of the $4.6 million in prize money.

The Rodeo Houston Event includes the top cowboys to compete in one of the best regular-season rodeos. Then, the top contestant in each category competes in 'Rodeo Houston'. In 2004, over 480 contestants competed for over $748,000.

Rodeo Houston is monitored by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women's Professional Rodeo Association, who insures that the rodeo is produced safely and professionally.

Rodeo Houston has been honored as the "Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Indoor Rodeo Committee of the Year" eight times.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is held in Reliant Stadium.

What's it all about?

Educational Support~~~~

The HLS&R (Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo) benefits youth; supporting education and implements better agricultural practices through exhibitions. The first scholarship was given in 1957 and since that time, over $100 million in educational support and scholarships has been awarded.


Star Entertainment.......

Stars in the previous years that have performed in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and made record spectator turnouts were: Hillary Duff (2005 - 72,843 spectators), Kenny Chesney (2004- 70,668 & 2005 - 69,292), Alicia Keys (2005 - 72,063), and George Strait (2004-68,711), just to name a few.

I remember going as a child in the 70's. Some of the performances we attended were: The Osmonds in 1977, The Jackson Five in 1974, and of course, Elvis Presley in 1970 and 1974 (I still have my pin/badge with his picture from the 1974 show). We pretty much go every year; last year we saw Martina McBride (she puts on an excellent show!), Kenny Chesney, and Keith Urban. I cannot recall a time when we did not enjoy a show. All of the performers are great!

This year's lineup is great! Check it out.....
George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Sheryl Crow, Maze featuring FrankieBeverly & Raven, Martina McBride, Clay Walker, Robert Earl Keen & Cross Canadian Ragweed, John Fogerty, Toby Keith, Maroon5, Pat Green, Lee Ann Womack, Ramon Ayala & Jay Perez, LeAnn Rimes, Larry the Cable Guy & Cory Morrow, Alan Jackson, Hilary Duff, Lonestar, Brooks & Dunn and Gretchen Wilson.

For more infomation about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo please click the following link:


Blogger Ellen Sinor said...

Wow! That's some great info. I think it is amazing that the current recording artists still perform at a Rodeo. It speaks alot about the size and financing of the shindig if they can lure these big stars in!

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