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San Antonio Stock Show Spotlights Youth in New Youth Rodeo
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The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Horse Show will debut a new event, the Youth Rodeo, February 10-11, 2014. This two day, all-youth equine competition will feature select rodeo-type events in the Horse Show arena located in the Expo Hall.
Events will focus on speed and roping competitions including Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Tie-Down Roping, Ribbon Roping, Breakaway Roping, and Team Roping. Several age groups will be offered. Boys and girls will compete for prizes including buckles and trophy jackets, as well as their share of the jackpot.
"The Youth Rodeo really gets to the heart of our mission here at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. (S.A.L.E.). It's entirely youth-focused, it celebrates western events that are really exciting for both exhibitors and the general public, and it does all that in a format which is accessible and rewarding for those youth," explained Duane Frerich, Horse Show Committee Chairman.
Katie Reynolds, Horse Show Director, commented "The horse industry continues to evolve, and S.A.L.E. wants to be responsive to our exhibitors' interests and needs. We continue to see increasing interest and growth in our discipline-focused, timed events such as barrels, cutting, and team penning. The Youth Rodeo gives us even more opportunity to explore similar events with an entirely youth format, so we're very excited about it." The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo expects strong participation the first year, and hopes the Youth Rodeo will become an event they can continue to build on in the future.
Other developments for the 2014 S.A.L.E. Horse Show events include a newly combined class schedule for the Quarter, Paint, and Open Horse Shows. The schedule now allows classes for all three shows to be grouped by type. This provides for a more efficient show experience for those exhibiting in more than one show, which may be particularly helpful to youth as they pursue points, awards and coveted S.A.L.E. scholarships. One example of this is having youth Western classes occur on Saturday, February 15th for AQHA, APHA, and Open Shows. Reynolds explains "In one day of competition, horse show exhibitors will be able to show in as many as three shows. People can expect to cross-enter easily with few additional costs outside of class fees. They'll be able to really make the most of their time and money here."
Also featured in the 2014 schedule are the NCHA Cutting Feb. 6-9, Select Horse Sale Feb. 15, Ranch Gelding Stakes & Sale Feb. 16, Barrel Racing Feb. 17-18, and Team Penning Feb. 19-22. The popular Junior Horse Judging Contest will be Feb. 13 and the youth Horse Skillathon Contest will be Feb. 15. For details and rules on Horse Show events, refer to the Horse Show Premium List found at www.sarodeo.com.
This year the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. d.b.a. San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has committed $11.3 million to education. The amount represents scholarships, grants, endowments, junior livestock and western art auctions, Calf Scramble program and show premiums paid to youth in the state of Texas. This brings the total amount the organization has committed since inception to $134.6 million. The San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. has a rich tradition and history of stewardship to the community, agriculture industry and youth of Texas. With a clear vision of the future, a successful past and continual dedication from over 5,500 volunteers, S.A.L.E. will continue to provide wholesome family entertainment and be a pillar of strength and support to the youth of Texas.
For additional information, go to www.sarodeo.com or contact S.A.L.E. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210.225.1309.