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December, 2017


Favored and New Shows, Contests, and Events
for the February 8-25 San Antonio Stock Show

Patrons and exhibitors at the 2018 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo (February 8- 25) will have a tremendous array of shows, contests, and events to choose from. With an emphasis on a family-friendly atmosphere and quality competition, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo aims for excellence, which is echoed in its mission as "A volunteer organization that emphasizes agriculture and education to develop the youth of Texas."

The Open 5D Barrel Race is a two-day competition where some of the nationís fastest horse and rider teams have the opportunity to compete for over $13,000 in added money plus scholarships and other awards.
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The Open 5D Barrel Race is a two-day competition where some of the nationís fastest horse and rider teams have the opportunity to compete for over $13,000 in added money plus scholarships and other awards. The Open 5D Barrel Race is a two-day competition (February 12-13) where some of the nation's fastest horse and rider teams have the opportunity to compete for over $13,000 in added money plus scholarships and other awards.
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The 2018 Horse Show schedule boasts a variety of events for all horse enthusiasts. The first event to take place in the Expo Hall this year will again be the prestigious and action-packed NCHA Cutting Horse Show February 8-10. Participants compete for over $30,000 in added money on some of the highest-quality horses in the nation. This is one of the most exciting events for rider, horse, and spectator.

With a tremendously exciting debut last February, the College Rodeo will return this year on Sunday, February 11. This event will showcase competitive athletes from college rodeo teams in the Southern and Southwest Regions. Spectators will experience western heritage in action as these contestants compete for added money and awards. Events include Barrel Racing, Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, and Bull Riding. Following the College Rodeo Finals that afternoon, the College Ranch Rodeo will begin. This event is a battle of cowboy grit in true Ranch Rodeo style, as teams from Texas Tech and Texas A&M leave it all out on the dirt. Teams of real working cowboys will be put in direct competition with one another in events that working cowboys and ranch hands do every day. This is a must-see event!

February 12 will see the innovative Horse Skillathon Contest as well as the first day of the Open 5D Barrel Race. Designed to showcase students' knowledge of horses and the horse industry, the Horse Skillathon is a contest for Texas 4-H and FFA youth. Contestants compete for scholarships and prizes as they complete a written exam, identification stations, and a speech round.

The Open 5D Barrel Race is a two-day competition (February 12-13) where some of the nation's fastest horse and rider teams have the opportunity to compete for over $13,000 in added money plus scholarships and other awards. Youth and adults will race the clock in barrel racing and pole bending, competing for buckles and extensive payouts.

Youth and adults will race the clock in barrel racing and pole bending, competing for buckles and extensive payouts.
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Youth and adults will race the clock in barrel racing and pole bending, competing for buckles and extensive payouts. The Horse Skillathon is a contest for Texas 4-H and FFA youth. Contestants compete for scholarships and prizes as they complete a written exam, identification stations, and a speech round.
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Another event which saw its debut in 2017 is the Ranch Sorting competition. The Ranch Sorting will return this year February 14-15. In partnership with the Ranch Sorting National Championships, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo offers a high-stakes competition where quick horses and determined riders race against the clock to sort cattle in numerical order. This family-friendly event is a crowd favorite. Enthusiasm from spectators and competitors is contagious and contributes to a fun and exciting atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.

The San Antonio Performance Horse Demonstrations and Sale and the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale will take place February 16-17, featuring over 200 registered Quarter Horses and Paint Horses. Widely known as having one of the largest selections of color available anywhere, these sales offer some of the top bloodlines in the nation.

A brand new event will be taking place Saturday, February 17. The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo will produce its first-ever amateur Team Roping competition. Team Roping contestants will have the opportunity to rope multiple steers, and will compete against each other for awards and a hefty amount of prize money. The fastest ropers will advance to an exhilarating final round of competition. This event is sure to be a new fan favorite!

The popular and exciting Youth Rodeo is expanding to four days of competition in 2018. Scheduled for February 19-22, the Youth Rodeo will feature some of Texas's most talented 4-H and FFA youth in speed and roping events including Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Tie-Down Roping, Ribbon Roping, Breakaway Roping, and Team Roping. New for 2018 is the inclusion of four events: Steer Wrestling, Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, and Bull Riding. With scholarships, buckles, trophy jackets, and jackpot money at stake, this is going to be a dynamic competition featuring contestants who are sure to be the future of the sport of Rodeo.

The one-of-a-kind Youth Horse Challenge competition will be held February 18. The Youth Horse Challenge is a contest designed for young horsemen to showcase their ability to train an inexperienced horse and develop the horse into a finished project. During the competition, these talented Texas 4-H and FFA contestants will be asked to submit a record book, demonstrate knowledge of tack and equipment, exhibit groundwork skills with their horse, and ride their horse in rail and obstacle classes. The thrilling final round of competition features contestants showing off unique tricks or skills that they have taught their horse. This portion of the contest is always a crowd favorite.

Also returning this year are the classic Quarter Horse, Paint Horse, and All Breed Horse Shows February 23-24. These athletic and versatile horses will compete for awards in Halter, Showmanship, English, Western, and Trail classes. These traditional horse shows have a strong youth division as Texas students pursue scholarships along with year-end points and awards. Spectators will enjoy seeing several types of horses compete each day.

The schedule will close with the renowned Ranch Rodeo on February 25. This event pits teams of real working cowboys in direct competition with one another in events similar to the tasks they face on a ranch every day such as steer loading, calf branding, roping, and tying. The teams will compete in six events, such as the milk race, the rescue race, and the hide race. The team with the fastest aggregate time will be crowned the 2018 San Antonio Ranch Rodeo Champion. The coveted titles of "Top Hand" and "Top Horse" will also be awarded to deserving recipients. The San Antonio Ranch Rodeo is an exceptionally exciting event which has historically drawn a packed house of enthusiastic spectators.

This year the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. (d.b.a. San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo) has committed $11.5 million to educate Texas youth. This amount represents scholarships, grants, endowments, junior livestock auctions, a youth western art auction, calf scramble program, and show premiums paid to the youth of Texas. This brings the total amount the organization has committed since inception to $186 million.

The San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. has a rich tradition and history of stewardship to the community and the agriculture industry. With a clear vision of the future, a successful past, and continual dedication from over 6,000 volunteers, the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. will continue to provide wholesome family entertainment and be a pillar of strength and support to the youth of Texas.

For additional information, visit www.sarodeo.com or contact S.A.L.E. at horse@sarodeo.com or 210.225.1309.