The Best of The 2012 San Antonio Stockshow for Horsemen
The 2012 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo,
February 9-26, will feature a wide array of competitions and
attractions sure to appeal to horsemen and their families.
In the climate controlled arenas of the Expo Hall this year, exhibitors
will once again be showing their finest horses as they compete for
scholarships, buckles, and prize money.
The show’s run opens with a world class NCHA Cutting, with $65,000 in
added money and a Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting. Also featured
are the popular double judged/double points Quarter Horse, Paint Horse,
and Versatility Ranch Horse shows. All breeds of horses will compete in
the Open Show, and the Donkey & Mule show promises crowds a
delightful look at donkeys and mules. Speed will reign in the Barrel
Racing show, with $17,000 in added money over two full days of
cloverleaf patterns and poles. Team Penners travel to San Antonio for
the USTPA show, known to be one of the fastest and most exciting team
pennings anywhere with $10,000 added.
The popular horse sales known as “The San Antonio Weekend” return once
again with the Select Horse Sale and Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale
February 17-19. More than 300 quality Quarter Horses and Paint Horses
will be sold to buyers seeking top bloodlines and one of the largest
selections of color anywhere.
New this year, the Horse Skillathon is a contest designed for students
to showcase their knowledge of horses and the horse industry.
Contestants will combine book knowledge, hands-on experience and the
ability to communicate knowledge of industry issues. Other horse
contests for youth include the Horse Judging Contest on February 16 and
the Horse Bowl on February 17.
Closing out the Expo Hall this year is the very popular Ranch Rodeo on
February 26, featuring the South Texas Ranch Rodeo finalists as ranch
teams battle for the champion title.
Youth exhibitors have the opportunity to win $150,000 in scholarships
offered in Horse Show events. Late entries are still being accepted in
most Horse Show events. For complete details on all Horse Show
competitions, visit www.sarodeo.com/horse_show.
Outside the show pen, guests will find a wide variety of horse-related
demonstrations, displays, and learning opportunities in Horse
Discovery, sponsored by Wells Fargo. Horse Discovery is located in the
Expo Hall and open every day of the show from 9:00am –
7:00pm. Featured daily displays include live horses,
interactive games, videos on horse judging, breed information, and
interactive learning stations.
An excellent variety of horses will be displayed in Horse Discovery,
featuring the crowd-pleasing and versatile Gypsy Horses.
Naturally gaited Peruvian horses will be present, along with miniature
horses and Arabian horses in full native costume. Visitors also won’t
want to miss the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo’s own grand entry
horses, the Palomino Patrol.
During clinics and seminars, equine professionals will share their
knowledge of horse training, equine massage, horsemanship, veterinary
care, and more. Live horse demonstrations will highlight the
trainability, versatility and athleticism of horses as they perform
obstacle challenges. Vaulting demonstrations will show the
gymnastic talents of horse and rider teams.
For a complete schedule of Horse Discovery events, please visit www.sarodeo.com/horse_show.
Rounding out any horseman’s visit to the stock show are the
family-friendly carnival, family fair, interactive and educational
exhibits, over 650 vendors for shopping, horse and livestock shows,
auctions, high impact PRCA Rodeo action, and live concert
entertainment. For information on the complete 2012 Lineup, visit www.sarodeo.com.
Along with preserving western heritage, the San Antonio Stock Show
& Rodeo is one of the largest educational assistance providers in
the State, with $113 million committed since inception. This year
alone, this generous non-profit organization has provided over $9
million in the form of scholarships, grants, endowments, auction
proceeds, a calf scramble program and show premiums paid to youth.
Current awards and scholarships for this year will add more than 450
new scholars to the program. With over 1,300 active scholarship
recipients, SALE represents students in 90 colleges and universities
throughout the state of Texas.
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