Let’s Rodeo, San Antonio

I’m in Texas for the week and luckily got to see the San Antonio Rodeo Finals on Saturday night. The San Antonio Rodeo is one of the largest rodeos in the country and if you are in San Antonio anytime at the end of February, I highly recommend a visit.

Tickets to watch the finals were only $28 each. It is extremely exciting to watch the speed and ability of the cowboys doing typical ranch duties. The events are bareback horse riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing (the only women’s event), and bull riding. There are about 5-10 participants per event and the entire finals lasted about 1.5 hours.

I was most impressed with the team roping and tie-down roping events. In the team roping, one person is in charge of lassoing the head of the steer and one person is in charge of lassoing the legs. Lassoing the legs requires perfect timing because you have to get the lasso on just as the steer’s legs are up. The tie-down roping was pretty cool because all of the cowboys were super fast. They lassoed the steer, slid off their horse, and tied up the legs of the steer in a matter of seconds. The winner, Cory Solomon, did all of this in 7 seconds! Pro tip: if you need some rodeo gear, head to Cavender’s Boot City for boots, hats, and BIG belt buckles.

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Bareback Riding

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Saddle Bronc Riding

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Team Tie-Down Roping

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The bull won in the end…

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