Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

“Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.” – Unknown

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo takes place in Houston, Texas and this year it is from February 25th to March 17th. This event was put together  for “charitable, educational and scientific purposes to encourage and promote the breeding, raising and marketing of better livestock and farm products at public fairs and to promote and maintain research and educational functions within the livestock industry.” The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo began in 1932 and since then, it has contributed “more than $330 million to scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, School Art participants, and other educational youth programs.” This event has proved to be both beneficial and fun! Check out some of the features that exist at the Houston Rodeo (shout out to my hometown)!!


Attending the concerts at the Houston Rodeo is one of the most exciting things to do! Although I haven’t been in a very long time, I can tell you from first hand experience that they are a blast! When I was younger, I had the privilege of seeing both Destiny’s Child (2002) and Melissa Etheridge (2006) in concert at the Houston Rodeo. It was so much fun and I’m sure the experience would be just as good now, as it was then. With that said, here is the concert lineup for 2013:

Generally, after the last rodeo event of the evening is completed and the stage is set, the star entertainers will begin performing. However, the actual start time can vary day to day. For more information, see: 2013 RodeoHouston Lineup.

Houston Rodeo Lineup

Horse & Livestock Show

Two of the main parts of the Houston Rodeo are the Horse Show and the Livestock Show.

During the Horse Show, the Reliant Arena is filled with some of the most top-notch horses! There are competitions, breed shows, and championship shows, which can all be seen in the horse barn. Check out some of the Horse Show events:

  • Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championship Show
  • Cutting Horse Show
  • Donkey and Mule Show
  • Paint Horse Show
  • Palomino Horse Show
  • Polo Exhibition
  • Quarter Horse Show
  • Ranch Rodeo
  • Team Penning & Ranch Sorting
  • Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show

For a complete description of the listed events, see: Houston’s Premiere Horse Show for more information. You can also check out the Horse Show Exhibitor Information to find out more!

Now, during the Livestock Show, there are two show arenas in the Reliant Center, and the competition is always on! This is the world’s largest livestock show and it highlights both world-class livestock and exhibitors. Here are a few of the Livestock Show events that take place:

  • Junior Show – The Houston Livestock Show™ draws thousands of Texas 4-H and FFA exhibitors to compete at the world’s largest livestock show. These students bring various species of livestock — from rabbits and poultry to goats and steers — each hoping to take home the coveted title of Houston Champion. 
  • Open Show – Along with the honor of being named Houston Champion, the winning exhibitor receives publicity and accolades that further the development of their breeding program.
  • Youth Show – The Houston Livestock Show hosts several shows within the youth livestock division. In order to compete, the exhibitor must be enrolled in a public or private, elementary or secondary school in Texas. Exhibitor must be at least in the third grade or 8 years old, but not older than 19 years old on the day judging begins.

For a complete description of the listed events, see: Awarding Champions Since 1932. You can also check out the Livestock Show Exhibitor Information to find out more!

Rodeo Parade

Every February since 1938, the big city of Houston is transformed into a “celebration of Western heritage.” This is done during the Downtown Rodeo Parade, where decorative floats fill the streets, men and women ride on horseback, and marching bands provide music for everyone to hear. This year, the parade took place on February 23rd (this past Saturday) and the head Aggie football coach, Kevin Sumlin, was the Parade Grand Marshal. Although the parade has already passed, you can still get in the spirit of the Houston Rodeo by checking out some of the highlights from that day!

For pictures of the Downtown Rodeo Parade, see: Houston Rodeo Parade.

If you plan on being in Houston, Texas for this amazing event, make sure you use download code “HROD” in your Hertz NeverLost device! Using this code will allow you to see special points of interest that revolve around the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo! Enjoy!

Melissa Woodring 🙂


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