San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

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The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in San Antonio, Texas, USA has grown to be one of the largest events in the city with up to two million visitors each year.[1] It is one of the top Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos in the nation. For eleven consecutive years it has been awarded the PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year and attracts the rodeo talent with the largest regular season prize payout in the PRCA. The event includes live music, educational activities and exhibits, a carnival, shopping, horse and livestock shows.

History[edit]

While the establishment of the organization took place in 1949, the first rodeo occurred in 1950.[2] Since then, the annual event takes place over three weeks in February.[3]

The rodeo began in the Joe & Harry Freeman Coliseum until 2003 when its primary events moved into the AT&T Center. The adjacent Freeman Coliseum became available to add on-site access for retailers to sell western wear, furniture and other items during the annual rodeo. The NBA Spurs team, who share the AT&T Center with the Rodeo, goes on “The Rodeo Road Trip” during the 3-weeks that the Rodeo takes place.

Supporting groups[edit]

The San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. was established with the mission "A volunteer organization that emphasizes agriculture and education to develop the youth of Texas". The focus on educating the youth of Texas lead to integrating 4-H and FFA high school students and making educational commitments to support their interest in the agricultural and livestock industry. In 1984, the scholarship program began when fifteen, four-year scholarships totaling $90,000 to were awarded to students entering Texas colleges in the fall. Since then, the organization has committed more than $171.4 million to the youth of Texas through scholarships, grants, endowments, junior livestock auctions, youth western art auction, calf scramble program and show premiums.[4]

Production of the event requires over 6,000 volunteers.[5]

Awards[edit]

  • 2005 PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year
  • 2006 PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year
  • 2007 PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year
  • 2008 PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year
  • 2009 PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year
  • 2010 PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year
  • 2011 PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year
  • 2012 PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year
  • 2013 PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year
  • 2014 PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year
  • 2015 PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year

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Coordinates: 29°25′37″N 98°26′24″W / 29.427°N 98.440°W / 29.427; -98.440