Winter Rodeos

The rodeo action doesn''t stop just because there''s snow on the ground. Check out these seven great winter rodeos!
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The rodeo action doesn''t stop just because there''s snow on the ground. Check out these seven great winter rodeos!
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Jan. 11–26, 2014

NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW

Denver, Colo.

303-297-1166, www.nationalwestern.com

In addition to delicious fair food, a Western art gallery, and plenty of horse and livestock shows, the National Western Stock Show hosts four rodeos: In Colorado vs. the World, Colorado cowboys face off against the best of the rest; the ProRodeo sees some of the biggest names in rodeo; find out what the paso de la muerte “death jump” is at the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza; and celebrate the heritage of America’s black cowboys at the Martin Luther King, Jr. African-American Heritage Rodeo.

Don’t miss: The nation’s top reiners will wow you at the $15,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining.

Jan. 31–Feb. 9, 2014

BLACK HILLS STOCK SHOW AND RODEO

Rapid City, S.D.

605-355-3861, www.blackhillsstockshow.com

With events such as the trailer relay, rope-mug-tie, stray gathering, double mugging, and bronc riding, the ranch rodeo is one of the most popular events at the Black Hills Stock Show, where the top teams from the five-state region compete for over $21,000 worth of cash and prizes.

Don’t miss: At the bronc match, 30 of the best saddle bronc riders (including 17 NFR qualifiers, four World Champions, two Canadian National Champions, and two Indian National Finals Champions) will compete for $10,000 in added prize money.

Jan. 17–Feb. 8

FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW AND RODEO

Fort Worth, Texas

817-877-2400, www.fwssr.com

Five rodeos means there’s something for everyone: At the Best of the West Ranch Rodeo, cowboys compete in events such as ranch vet, double mugging, stock sorting, bronc riding, and wild cowboy milking; the Best of Mexico rodeo celebrates centuries of vaquero tradition; the Cowboys of Color Rodeo celebrates the heritage of America’s black cowboys; the rankest bulls show what their made of at Bull’s Night Out; and the PRCA Rodeo celebrates its 118th year as the world’s original indoor rodeo.

Don’t miss: Just north of the Will Rogers auditorium in the Tower Plaza, the Coors Rodeo Roadhouse is the place to gather with friends, two-step to some live music, and talk all things rodeo.

Feb. 6–23, 2014

SAN ANTONIO STOCK SHOW AND RODEO

San Antonio, Texas

210-225-5851, www.sarodeo.com

Going strong after 64 years, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo has won the PRCA’s Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year award eight times. With six PRCA events, one WPRA event, a ranch rodeo, and an entertainment lineup of Country-Western headliners, all fans of the cowboy life are sure to have fun!

Don’t miss: Treat your loved one to the Dust & Bubbles package on Valentine’s Day. The package includes a party suite, dinner, champagne, and rodeo and concert entertainment.

Feb. 15–23, 2014

LA FIESTA DE LOS VAQUEROS TUCSON RODEO

Tucson, Ariz.

520-741-2233, www.tucsonrodeo.com

Soak up some sun at the only outdoor rodeo among the top 25 PRCA rodeos that occurs between mid-September and early May. The town of Tucson takes rodeo seriously—it’s the only metro area that closes school for two days so that locals can enjoy the festivities!

Don’t miss: The Tucson Rodeo Parade is a beloved tradition. Western-themed floats, historic horse-drawn coaches, Mexican folk dancers, outfitted riders, and marching bands make their way down a mile-long route.

March 2, 2014

RFD-TV’S THE AMERICAN

Arlington, Texas

402-991-6290, www.rfdtv.com

The inaugural event is set to become the largest, richest one day rodeo in the history of the sport, with the largest single day payout: $2,000,000! The top 10 contestants in each event will compete against qualifiers sanctioned by the PBR, Pro Roughstock Series, USTRC, Better Barrel Racers, and Ultimate Calf Roping for the chance to win some big bucks and ultimate bragging rights.

Don’t miss: Enjoy a full weekend of action—on March 1, 2014, the PBR’s best 24 riders will compete head-to-head for a total payout of $150,000. 

March 4–24, 2014

HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO

Houston, Texas

832-667-1000, www.rodeohouston.com

More than 27,000 volunteers help make the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo the world’s largest livestock exhibition and richest regular-season rodeo. With its unique bracket tournament-style format, RodeoHouston boasts $2.04 million in added money, 1.3 million fans, and 360 of the top cowboys and cowgirls!

Don’t miss: Support the next generation of ranchers and farmers by bidding on some quality stock at the Junior Market Auction. Proceeds benefit students across Texas through the event’s educational fund.