Action begins: Feb. 9, 2017

The San Antonio Rodeo is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and the Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA).


The PRCA and WPRA rodeo seasons begin on October 1 and end September 30 each year.

Per ground rules of the San Antonio Rodeo, contestants are eligible to enter based on these criteria:


  • Top 45 contestants in each event in the 2016 PRCA World Standings
  • Top 5 contestants in each event in the 2017 PRCA World Standings


  • Top 43 contestants in the 2016 WPRA World Standings
  • Top 2 contestants from the 2016 WPRA Tour Standings
  • Top 5 contestants from 2017 WPRA World Standings

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San Antonio's Tournament-style rodeo format:
  • Twenty rodeo performances
  • Each performance lasts two (2) hours
  • Ten contestants (or teams) in each event per performance
  • Seven events:

Bareback RidingSteer Wrestling - Team RopingSaddle Bronc RidingTie-Down RopingBarrel RacingBull Riding

During 18-days of rodeo, contestants have a chance to take home a portion of $1,675,000 in prize money!

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How it works:

  • The first 15 rodeo performances make up our Brackets.
  • Each Bracket is made up of 3 rounds or performances where contestants compete in a 3-head back-to-back-to-back series.
  • The top 4 money winners in each event from each Bracket advance to the Semifinals.
  • There are two Semifinals made up of 2 rounds each. Contestants compete in a 2-head back-to-back series. 
  • The top 5 money winners in each event from each Semifinal advance to the Finals.
  • The contestant with the most money accumulated at the end of the Finals Round will be crowned Champion of the San Antonio Rodeo!

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Mr. Jack Seller founded the Jack Seller’s Bexar County Palomino Patrol in 1951 especially for the Grand Entry of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. It has provided a colorful start for every performance of the rodeo to date and carries the American Flag in a special “Salute to America” presentation. The Patrol is known for its beautiful Palomino horses, silver saddles, and the riders’ rhinestone uniforms which add to the unique look and feel of the Grand Entry.

The Drill Team honors the spirit of Texas heritage by carrying the Texas flag. Members of this team must have excellent horsemanship abilities due to the fast paced action they provide. Their uniform consists of chaps designed in black and silver leather, which match the horses’ tack.

In the past, the Palomino Patrol has served as the color-guard for three gubernatorial parades, was presented to Queen Elizabeth II during her royal visit to San Antonio, has performed for the President of Mexico, and appeared in movies including Selena and Texas Justice.

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Registration is now closed for the 2017 Rodeo.

The Mutton Bustin' event, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, is a crowd favorite! Little Buckaroos "cowboy up" and hold on for six exciting seconds! The audience goes wild as these young rodeo contestants take a thrilling ride under the big lights of the AT&T Center. Mutton Bustin' takes place during every rodeo performance, excluding the Finals. The Rodeo takes place on February 9-25, 2017.

Participation is limited to boys and girls between the ages of 4-7 and weighing less than 55 lbs., at the time of competition. Entries for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Mutton Bustin' are accepted online between September 15th and October 15th. Contestants will be randomly selected from a pool of qualified entries. Participants are notified in December each year.

THREE Additional Mutton Bustin' Contestants will be chosen at random from three H-E-B area locations during a radio remote broadcast in the month of January. Parents may register their children for Mutton Bustin' if they fit the above stated criteria.

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Bareback Riding

With nothing to hold but a "rigging" or suitcase-like handle on a strap secured comfortably behind the horse's front legs, the cowboy must maintain balance and control while the horse bucks and pitches. A "flank strap" is secured around the horse's hind end which tells the animal it's go-time! The ride is judged on the cowboy’s spurring motion in coordination with the horse’s movement, as well as the bucking action of the animal. A rider is disqualified if he fails to have his heels touching the animal above the point of the horse's shoulders when it makes its first jump, known as the "mark-out" rule. Additionally, the rider cannot touch any part of the horse or himself during the 8-second ride. A high-scoring ride is in the high 80s or 90s out of a possible 100 points.

Steer Wrestling

Sometimes referred to as "bulldogging," steer wrestling is an all-out battle of strength. The cowboy starts out on horseback in a three-sided fenced area known as "the box." A rope, known as the "barrier," is attached to the steer and serves as a head start for the animal. Once the cowboy nods to indicate his readiness, the gate is opened and the steer exits the chute. When the steer reaches the end of the rope, the barrier is released and the cowboy takes off in pursuit. If the cowboy leaves before the steer, a 10-second penalty is added to his final time and referred to as a "broken barrier". If the cowboy reaches the steer, he dismounts using strength and leverage, slows the animal by digging his heels into the dirt and maneuvers the steer to the ground. In order to catch the sprinting steer, the bulldogger relies on a “hazer”, which is another mounted cowboy running beside the steer. Time stops when the steer is on its side with all four feet pointing in the same direction.

Team Roping

This is the only true team event in rodeo - one "header" who ropes the head of the steer and one "heeler" who ropes the heels, or feet, of the steer. Each contestant begins in their respective "roping box" - a three-sided fenced area with a chute containing the steer in the middle. Similar to Steer Wrestling, a breakaway rope or "barrier" is attached to the steer  and released once the steer reaches its advantage point The "broken barrier" rule also applies with a 10-second penalty added to the team's time. Once the steer is out, the header leaves the roping box in pursuit of the steer, roping it around the horns, neck, or a horn-neck combination. He then turns the steer quickly to the left so the heeler has a shot at both of its hind legs. The clock stops when their horses are facing each other and their ropes are pulled tightly. If the heeler catches only one leg, a five-second penalty is added. A fast time in the Team Roping is less than 4 seconds.

Saddle Bronc Riding

Saddle bronc riding is rodeo's classic event since it derived from the practice of "breaking" or training saddle horses in the Old West. The contestant sits in a standard saddle attached to the back of the horse - but with no saddle horn. For leverage, he holds a thick "rein" or rope that is attached to the horse’s halter, which can only be held with one hand. When the gate swings open, the cowboy must adhere to the "mark-out" rule in which he must have his heels touching the animal above the point of the horse's shoulders when it makes its first jump. Otherwise, the cowboy will be disqualified and given a "no score." Synchronization with the horse’s movements earns higher scores. When the horse’s front feet are on the ground, the rider’s heels must be in front of the horse’s shoulders, toes turned out. As the horse resets for its next move, the cowboy brings his heels to the back of the saddle, all the while anticipating the animal’s next jump. If the contestant touches any part of the horse or himself with his free hand during the 8-second ride, he will be disqualified. A high-scoring ride is in the 80s or 90s out of a possible 100 points.

Tie-Down Roping

Like many rodeo events, tie-down roping can be traced back to the working ranches of the Old West. The roper begins his run from “roping box,” with a barrier rope across the open front. The box is adjacent to a chute, containing the calf. One end of the breakaway barrier is looped around the calf and released as soon as the calf reaches its advantage point. If the roper beats the calf out of the chute, a 10-second penalty is added to his final time and considered a "broken barrier." Once the calf is caught by the cowboy’s loop, the horse is trained to come to a stop and pull back to remove any "slack" or extra rope to keep the calf still. The cowboy quickly dismounts and sprints down his rope to the calf and turns the calf by hand, referred to as “flanking”. If the calf is not standing when the cowboy reaches it, he must allow the calf to stand before he proceeds to flank it. Once flanked, the roper ties any three of the animal’s legs together with a “pigging string” - a short looped rope. To signal that his run is complete, the contestant throws his hands in the air. He then remounts his horse and must wait six seconds to ensure that the calf does not kick free. If the calf does not remain tied, the roper receives no time. At San Antonio, a fast run in is less than 7 seconds.

Barrel Racing

Arranged in a triangle, barrel racers must run around all three barrels in a pattern known as a "cloverleaf" being careful not to turn one over. Riders may begin on the left or the right barrel first, but the pattern cannot be broken. Horses must be not only swift, but accurate in their ability to maneuver around the barrels with ease and agility. If the rider or the horse makes contact with a barrel, it can be touched in order to keep it from falling. If not, each fallen barrel adds a penalty of five-seconds to the rider’s final time. The sport is timed to the hundredth of a second. An “electric eye,” or automatic stopwatch serves as the timer on the arena floor and starts and stops once the horse and rider run in front of it. A fast run is less than 14 seconds.

Bull Riding

One 2,000 pound animal paired against one 150 pound man ensures an adrenaline rush for those brave enough to climb in the chutes. To stay on, the rider grasps a flat braided rope or "bull rope" which is wrapped around the bull’s chest just behind its front legs. One end of the bull rope, called the “tail”, is threaded through the loop on the other end and fastened around the animal. The rider then wraps the tail around his hand holding the rope, sometimes weaving it through his fingers to further secure his grip. When the chute gate opens riders must stay on for eight seconds, while a twisting, bucking mass of muscle tries anything to buck them off. If the contestant makes contact with the animal or themselves with their free hand, they receive no score. Points are based on rider's ability to stay on, as well as the bull’s bucking action. Extra points are awarded to those who are controlled enough to spur their bull with one or both of their dulled spurs. A high-scoring ride is in the high 80s or 90s out of a possible 100.

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Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 @ 1:00 PM

$100,000 payout

The top 50 PRCA bull riders in the world are eligible to compete in the PRCA Xtreme Bulls event. Each contestant will ride one bull. The top 12 highest-scoring riders will advance to the Championship Round.

In the Championship Round, 12 of the rankest bulls are matched with the qualifying cowboys. The contestant with the most money earned based on high-scoring rides will earn the coveted title of San Antonio PRCA Xtreme Bulls Champion!

*Qualification is based on the top 45 contestants from the 2016 PRCA Rodeo Season and the top 5 contestants from the 2017 PRCA Rodeo Season. Contestants must also be entered and compete in the San Antonio PRCA Rodeo to be eligible for the Xtreme Bulls event.

2016 San Antonio Xtreme Bulls Champion:

Bobby Welsh, Gillette, WY

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“Everything they do here in San Antonio is top notch. The facility where they keep all the stock is as good as anything going. There’s all kinds of room, and great big pens where the bucking horses, bulls, calves and steers get to lay around, relax, eat green grass and enjoy the sunshine and good weather. They treat the livestock as good as they treat the cowboys in San Antonio.”
-PRCA Pick-up man, Gary Rempel

Our rodeo bucking stock is sourced from some of the most elite ranches across North America to ensure only the best animal athletes arrive in San Antonio.

In addition to the human athletes, we select Animal Athletes who have excelled in the arena over the 18-days of rodeo and award their owner with a bonus check!




Animal Athletes presented by 


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Rodeo Announcers

Hadley Barrett, Kersey, CO

PRCA Hall of Fame Inductee in 1999

4X PRCA Announcer of the Year 1983, '85, '89, '02

Randy Corley, Silverdale, WA

12X PRCA Announcer of the Year 1984, '90-'96, '98, '03, '11, '15

13X Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Announcer

Bullfighters & Barrelman

Cody Webster, Wayne, OK

Chuck Swisher, Dover, OK

Nate Jestes, Douglas, WY

Leon Coffee, Blanco, TX

Pick-up Men

Chase Cervi, Sterling, CO

Gary Rempel, Great Falls, MT


Sunni Deb Backstrom, Secretary

Michelle Corley, Timer

Amanda Sanders, Timer

Stock Managers

Rhett Beutler, Elk City, OK

Binion Cervi, Sterling, CO

Timed Event Chute Boss

John Gwatney, Marquez, TX

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2016 Rodeo Champions

BENTON, AR$24,713.00
APACHE, OK$21,604.00
WHITESBORO, TX$23,529.00
GILLETTE, WY$22,278.00


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Bareback Riding:

2011 - Kaycee Feild, 93 points on "Brother" owned by JK Rodeo Company

Steer Wrestling:

2014 - Timmy Sparing, 3.0 seconds

Team Roping:

2012 - Kaleb Driggers & Jade Corkill, 3.8 seconds

Saddle Bronc Riding:

2008 - Taos Muncy, 92 points on "Cool Alley" owned by Kesler Championship Rodeo Company

Tie-Down Roping:

2016 - Hunter Herrin, 6.6 seconds

Barrel Racing:

2013 - Sydni Blanchard, 13.68 seconds

Bull Riding:

2010 - Ardie Maier, 94 points on "Cyclone" owned by Andrews Rodeo Company

Xtreme Bull Riding:

2004 - B.J. Schumacher 95 points, on "Mr. USA" owned by Diamond G Rodeos

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Arrival/Departure Schedule

Bracket: Arrive AFTER: Depart By:
Bracket 1 2 PM Wed.     Feb. 8           10 AM Sun.      Feb. 12 
Bracket 2 2 PM Fri.        Feb. 10 10 AM Tues.     Feb. 14
Bracket 3 2 PM Mon.     Feb. 13 10 AM  Fri.       Feb. 17
Bracket 4 2 PM Thurs.    Feb. 16 10 AM Sun.      Feb. 19
Bracket 5 2 PM Sat.       Feb. 18 10 AM Tues.     Feb. 21
Semi-Finals I 2 PM Mon.      Feb. 20 10 AM Thurs.    Feb. 23
Semi-Finals II 2 PM Wed.      Feb. 22 10 AM Sat.       Feb. 25
Finals 2 PM Fri.         Feb. 24 10 AM Sun.      Feb. 26
Steer Roping & Ranch Rodeo             2 PM Sat.        Feb. 25 10 AM  Mon.     Feb. 27


      • Stalls are issued upon arrival at the Horse Arrival Station.
      • Stalls are MANDATORY for every animal entering the grounds.
      • No preassigned stalls. Stalls will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.
      • Our fully-enclosed Stall Barn holds approximately 750 (10'x10') stalls.
      • Locks are not allowed on animal stalls.
      • Stalls must be kept clean and refuse disposed of in marked containers.
      • Contestants are not allowed to move other owners' animals from stalls. Any damage or physical alteration to stalls will be charged to contestant. No portable pens will be allowed on the grounds.

      Horse Arrival Station Hours

      • Wednesday, February 8th                                2 PM - MIDNIGHT
      • Thursday, Feb 9th - Saturday, Feb 25th       6 AM - MIDNIGHT
      • Sunday, Feb 27th                                               6 AM - NOON
      • Arrival and departure dates and times are to be strictly adhered to.
      • Stalls must be vacated no later than 10 AM the day after your last performance.
      • If horses are not out of stalls at assigned times, they will be moved by management.
      • Absolutely no animals will be accepted prior to scheduled time of arrival.

      Call the Horse Arrival Station at (210) 225-4328 for emergency or late arrivals.

      Health Requirements

      • Health papers will be inspected at Horse Arrival Station and there will be no exceptions.
      • Trailer releases will be required for all trailers and animals. Releases must be obtained at the Horse Arrival Station. Driver, truck, and trailer license numbers are required on all releases.
      • A guard will be on duty at all times and no trailer or animal will be permitted to leave without this release.

      Current TAHC Requirements

      Veterinarians and Farriers

      Veterinarians, Farriers, First Aid: For the convenience of contestants, S.A.L.E. arranges to have veterinarians, farriers and first aid available. Contestants are not required to use these suppliers. These suppliers do not donate their services or medications. Fees should be discussed before treatment. Locations for these services will be posted at the Horse Arrival Station and at all unloading areas.

      Warm-Up Arena

      The South Extension Arena is an indoor warm-up arena and is approximately 100' x 200'. It is located in the extension of the Exposition Hall.

      Feed and Bedding

      Shavings and feed may be purchased at the S.A.L.E. Feed Store. Exhibitors may not bring excessive amounts of feed or hay onto the grounds. These supplies will be available for a reasonable price at the Feed Store. All proceeds will go to the S.A.L.E. Scholarship Fund.

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Welcome to the Alamo City!

To arrange for transportation to and from San Antonio hotels, rodeo grounds or the International airport, please call our San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo VIP Transportation line: 210-417-8054.

For more information about San Antonio, visit the Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Restaurants, Pharmacies, Dry Cleaners

Hotels, RV Info

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The Rodeo Contestant Hospitality Committee extends a Texas-sized welcome to all our contestants! Our goal is to make you feel at home during your stay in San Antonio. If there's anything we might be able to do to make your visit better, please just ask one of our volunteers in the Rodeo Contestant Hospitality Room.

Located in the southwest corner of the *brand new* 200,000 sf. Cattle Barn, and a rock's throw from the AT&T Center, you will find a lounge area dedicated specifically to YOU!

Entrance Requirements

  • Must be a PRCA Contestant or rodeo contractor competing at this year's rodeo
  • Photo ID
  • One (1) immediate family member per PRCA card must register under your name
  • No companion passes accepted


  • Monday thru Thursday - 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday - 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday - 11:00 a.m. continuous until 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday - 11:00 a.m. continuous until 11:00 p.m.
  • Exception: First Sunday - hours 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


  • Wireless Internet
  • Desktop computers with internet access
  • Hot meals and refreshments provided each day of the rodeo, FREE of charge, by our sponsors.
  • Live feeds of each performance
  • Play cards, dominoes, or games with your friends or your family.
  • Watch TV or a video and put up your boots for a while.
  • Designated play area for children.
  • Transportation from the contestant parking lot, as well as from the airport if necessary.
  • Clean restrooms with extra toiletries, baby changing areas, diapers, etc.
  • Grab a sack lunch on your way out of town.

Autograph Sessions

This is a great opportunity for you to meet your fans! After each performance, contestants participating in the autograph session will follow members of the Rodeo Contestant Hospitality Committee up to the Plaza Level of the AT&T Center to the sponsored autograph signing tables. Fans will be gathered here for photos and autographs. Sign-up in the Rodeo Contestant Hospitality Room.

Contestants are also encouraged to meet fans/patrons at the Rodeo Star Experience. This "star package" pays the San Antonio Rodeo contestant's entry fees each year. The Rodeo Star Experience tent is located adjacent to the Hospitality Room and the "Meet and Greet" with fans begins 1 hour before each rodeo performance. Come say thank you to the men and women who helped pay your way into competition!

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Physical Address

3201 E. Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78219

Enter through the West Gate (A) off Houston Street and you will be directed to Horse Arrival.

Horse Arrival & Stalling

You will receive stall assignments and contestant credentials at Horse Arrival Station in front of the Expo Hall.

Proceed to unloading area at Horse Stall Barn. See Stalling Info


After unloading, you will park your vehicle and trailer in Lot 8 - north of the Horse Stall Barn.

RV Hookups are not provided onsite. However, you are welcome to dry-dock in Lot 8 or take advantage of the RV locations Around Town.

Grounds Map

Shuttle Service

Shuttles are available for contestants from Lot 8 to the Rodeo Contestant Hospitality Room.

To/From San Antonio Airport:

  • We're happy to bring you to the rodeo or other areas Around Town!
  • Please provide 24-hour advance notice. Call 210.417.8054 or 210.225.5851.

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The Calf Scramble takes place during each rodeo performance with the exception of the Finals. In the Calf Scramble, 4-H and FFA members compete with one another to catch and halter one of the calves across the finish line. The successful scramblers receive a certificate to aid in the purchase of a breeding animal to be raised and shown at the San Antonio Livestock Show the following year.

For more information regarding the Calf Scramble, click here.

Donations may be submitted online below or mailed to:

Calf Scramble
P. O. Box 200230
San Antonio, Texas 78220-0230

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