About the Team Roping

The popular sport of Team Roping began when cowboys on a ranch turned a normal ranching procedure into a competition. Team Roping is now one of the six standard rodeo events. A team consists of one “header” and one “heeler.” The steer is given a 10-15 feet head start out of the chute, and then the header and heeler may give chase. If the header leaves the box or “breaks the barrier” before the steer has completed his head start, a five-second penalty is added. The header can rope the steer around the horns, neck, or a horn-neck combination. Once the header catches, he then turns the steer to the left so the heeler can try to rope both of the steer’s hind legs. If the heeler only catches one leg, a five-second penalty is added. Both ropers must dally (have their rope wrapped around the saddle horn) and both horses must be facing the steer in order to stop the clock. A Team Roping run is typically completed in 15 seconds or less.

For the Contestants

  • #11 Team Roping with a #10 Incentive
  • Capped at a #6E Heeler
  • Limited to a 150 entered teams
  • Pick One (1) , Draw One (1)
  • May enter up to two (2) times
  • 4-Head Average 
  • Roping will be run in rotations
  • TRIAD Numbers Only
  • Must be a member or USTRC or WSTR
  • REQUIRED:
    • Health Papers (issued within 30 days)
    • Negative Coggins
  • Entry Deadline: January 25, 2018

Schedule of Events

Team Roping - February 17, 2018 | 10:00am | Expo Hall

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To consign a horse to the San Antonio Performance Horse Sale or the Ranch Gelding Sale, please contact:

Segraves & Associates
P.O. Box 224
Midlothian, Tx 76065
(972) 775-2880

Schedule of Events:

Performance Horse Sale Demonstration - February 16, 2018 | 10:00am | Expo Hall
Performance Horse Sale - February 17, 2018 | 10:00am | Auction Barn
Ranch Gelding Stakes Long Go - February 16, 2018 | 2:00pm | Expo Hall
Ranch Gelding Stakes Short Go - February 17, 2018 | 8:00am | Expo Hall
Ranch Gelding Sale - February 17, 2018 | 10:00am | Auction Barn


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About the San Antonio Performance Horse Sale

Underwritten By Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant

The San Antonio Performance Horse Sale is an elite Quarter Horse and Paint Horse auction for buyers and sellers.

The San Antonio Performance Horse Sale & San Antonio Ranch Gelding Sale will be offering at public auction over 300 registered Quarter Horses & Paint Horses. These two sales offer the buyer a selection of quality consignments consisting of the top bloodlines in the nation, excellent conformation, performance horses for any aspect of riding and one of the largest selections of color available anywhere.

Schedule of Events:

Performance Horse Sale Demonstration - February 16, 2018 | 10:00am | Expo Hall
Performance Horse Sale - February 17, 2018 | 10:00am | Auction Barn

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About the Ranch Gelding Stakes & Sale

Underwritten By Espuela de Plata, D&D Texas Outfitters, and Wrangler.

During the Ranch Gelding Stakes and Sale a select number of high-quality geldings will be judged and scored on their ability to perform several skills and maneuvers related to actual ranch work. This includes roping, opening gates, cutting, and handling ability.

All geldings entered in the show and sale will be judged on their ability to perform certain tasks routinely associated with ranch work. This competition will be carried out before an audience of prospective buyers making their selections for the auction, which immediately follows the competition and awards. Awards will consist of a total estimated purse of $18,000, including cash and prizes dispersed from first through eighth places.

Schedule of Events: 

Ranch Gelding Stakes Long Go - February 16, 2018 | 2:00pm | Expo Hall
Ranch Gelding Stakes Short Go - February 17, 2018 | 8:00am | Expo Hall
Ranch Gelding Sale - February 17, 2018 | 10:00am | Auction Barn

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About the NCHA Cutting

Cutting is one of the most exciting horse sports to watch, and the Horse Show hosts a top-notch competition approved by the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA). In competition, horse and rider must work as a team selecting, or “cutting” individual heifers out of the herd and demonstrating their ability to keep it from returning to the group. Horses must react with very little direction or instruction from the rider to receive top scores. The horse’s lightning-fast, smooth maneuvers are breathtaking and awe-inspiring to observe. Years of careful training are invested in each horse, fine-tuning the natural instincts that selective breeding has instilled. This is one of the most exciting events for rider, horse, and spectator.

For the Contestants:

  • Entry Deadline
    • Mail-In: January 15, 2018
    • Online: January 25, 2018

Schedule of Events:

NCHA Cutting - February 8-10, 2018 | 8:00am | Expo Hall
AQHA Cutting - February 10, 2018 | 8:00am | Expo Hall


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About the Youth Rodeo

Since its debut in 2014, the Youth Rodeo has become the fastest-growing, most successful horse event at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. With over 1,000 entries annually, the competition features rodeo’s brightest young athletes.

Events take place over four days and include Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Barrel Racing, Tie-Down Roping, Breakaway Roping, Ribbon Roping, and Team Roping. In order to build upon the success of the Youth Rodeo, in 2018 we will also be offering Saddle Bronc Riding (Feb 20), Bareback Riding (Feb 20), Bull Riding (Feb 20), and Steer Wrestling (Feb 22). 

Rodeo events are popular throughout Texas, but the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is the first major stock show to offer a comprehensive competition for youth contestants. The Youth Rodeo celebrates western events that are exciting for both contestants and the general public.

For the Contestants: 

  • Each contestant must be a member of Texas 4-H or FFA.
  • The competition will be divided into four divisions based on the contestant's age as of August 31, 2017:
    • 8 & Under years old
    • 9-12 years old
    • 13-15 years old
    • 16-18 years old 
  • Entry Deadline
    • Mail-In: January 15, 2018
    • Online: January 25, 2018

Schedule of Events:

Youth Rodeo 8 & Under Age Division - February 19, 2018 | 8:00am | Expo Hall
Youth Rodeo 9-12 Age Division - February 20, 2018 | 8:00am | Expo Hall
Youth Rodeo 16-18 Roughstock Events - February 20, 2018 | 3:00pm | Expo Hall
Youth Rodeo 13-15 Age Division - February 21, 2018 | 8:00am | Expo Hall
Youth Rodeo 16-18 Age Division (All events except roughstock)  - February 22, 2018 | 8:00am | Expo Hall

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About the Youth Horse Challenge

The Youth Horse Challenge is a contest designed for young horsemen to showcase their ability to train an inexperienced horse and develop the horse into a finished project. Each contestant will be asked to complete a record book in which they will log basics such as money spent on feed, time spent in the saddle, etc. When the contestants compete with their horses at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in February, they will be asked to demonstrate knowledge of tack and equipment, exhibit groundwork skills with their horse, and ride their horse in rail and obstacle classes. 

For a closer look, watch as Chance Clipper, the 2016 and 2017 Youth Horse Challenge Champion performs each round of the Youth Horse Challenge with his horse, TRR Ms Becaco Kitty (Kat). 

Round Three: Groundwork

Round Four: Under Saddle

Final Round: Gambler's Choice

For the Contestants 

  • Each contestant must be a member of Texas 4-H or FFA.
  • The competition will be divided into two divisions based on the contestant's age as of August 31, 2017:
    • Junior Division: 8-13 years old
    • Senior Division: 14-18 years old
  • There are Four Rounds and a Finals Round for the Top 5 Seniors
    • Round One: Record Book - Due in the office by February 1, 2018
    • Round Two: Tack and Equipment
    • Round Three: Groundwork
    • Round Four: Under Saddle
      • Rail Class
      • Obstacle Class
    • Final Round: Top 5 Seniors
      • Gambler's Choice Obstacle Class
      • Freestyle Pattern Class
  • Horse may be of any breed, and may be registered or unregistered.
  • Contestant ownership of the horse is not required
  • Entry Deadline
    • Mail-In: January 15, 2018
    • Online: January 25, 2018

Contest Material

2018 Youth Horse Challenge Record Book
Reference List

Specific questions related to the Youth Horse Challenge may be sent to [email protected]

Schedule of Events:

Youth Horse Challenge - February 18, 2018 | 8:00am | Expo Hall

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About the Quarter Horse Show

The Quarter Horse is an American original. In fact, it was the first horse breed developed in America, tracing its origin all the way back to the Colonial era. These horses are heavily muscled and compact, and were originally bred to run a short distance faster than any other horse. Today, the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is the world’s largest horse breed association, and Texas is ranked #1 in Quarter Horse population. Known for its versatility and athleticism, the Quarter Horse is also highly intelligent and has an excellent temperament. They can be found on the ranch, in the show ring, on the trail, and in the rodeo arena throughout the world.

For the Contestants:

  • Entry Deadline
    • Main-In: February 15, 2018
    • Online: February 25, 2018

Schedule of Events:

Quarter Horse Show - February 23-24, 2018 | 7:00am | Expo Hall

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About the Paint Horse Show

Native American Indians and cowboys alike treasured the forerunners of today’s Paint Horse for their hardiness and spectacular color patterns. Though still admired for their colorful coats today, strict bloodline requirements have also ensured a horse of superior conformation and ability. Today’s Paint Horse has the intelligence, disposition, and color that make it an ideal partner for pleasure riding, racing, ranching, showing, or rodeoing all over the world. The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo hosts a growing Paint Horse competition approved by the American Paint Horse Association (APHA). These athletic and versatile horses will compete for awards in Halter, Showmanship, English, Western, and Trail classes. 

For the Contestants:

  • Entry Deadline
    • Mail-In: January 15, 2018
    • Online: January 25, 2018

Schedule of Events:

Paint Horse Show - February 23-24, 2018 | 7:00am | Expo Hall


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About the All Breed Horse Show

The All Breed Horse Show welcomes people of all ages and horses of all breeds. Horses are not required to be registered, and participants do not need a membership with any association or club. The All Breed Horse Show provides those seeking a fun and competitive environment with an excellent opportunity to participate in a major stock show. Classes include youth and adult divisions and feature English, Western, Trail, Equitation, Halter and Color classes.

For the Contestants:

  • Entry Deadline
    • Mail-In: January 15, 2018
    • Online: January 25, 2018

Schedule of Events:

All Breed Show - February 23-24, 2018 | 7:00am | Expo Hall


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About the Horse Skillathon

The Horse Skillathon is an innovative contest designed for students to showcase their knowledge of horses and the horse industry. Contestants apply their book knowledge during a written exam and then perform tasks at hands-on stations. Finally, during a speech round they demonstrate their ability to communicate knowledge of industry issues. The Horse Skillathon is an exciting way for horse enthused students to demonstrate their talents and horse knowledge in a competitive event.


Specific questions related to the Horse Skillathon may be sent to [email protected].

For the Contestants

  • Each contestant must be a member of Texas 4-H or FFA.
  • The contest will be divided into three divisions based on the contestant's age as of August 31, 2017.
    • Junior Division: 8-10 years old
    • Intermediate Division: 11-13 years old
    • Senior Division: 14-18 years old
  • Entry Deadline
    • Mail-In: January 15, 2018
    • Online: January 25, 2018

Contest Material

Horse Skillathon Resource List

Schedule of Events:

Horse Skillathon - February 12, 2018 | 9:00am | Expo Hall 

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About the Barrel Race

Barrel Racing contestants compete against the clock to run a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels. The horse and rider are allowed a running start and time is recorded by a highly accurate electronic eye. The contestant may begin on the left or the right side; however, the contestant is disqualified if he/she turns incorrectly around a barrel. Touching a barrel is permitted, however knocking over a barrel results in a five second penalty.

A good Barrel Racing horse must possess not only speed and agility, but also a good temperament and a big heart. American Quarter Horses are often favored for this event because of their ability to sprint short distances and turn on a dime. American Paint Horses, Appaloosas, and Pintos are also popular mounts. The majority of contestants in barrel racing are women, but quite a few male competitors have also made their mark in the world of barrel racing.

For the Contestants:

  • Entry Deadline
    • Mail-In: January 15, 2018
    • Online: January 25, 2018

Schedule of Events:

Barrel Racing - February 12-13, 2018 | 8:00am | Expo Hall


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About Ranch Sorting

Ranch Sorting is a western-style equestrian sport that evolved from the common ranch work of separating cattle into pens for branding, doctoring, or transport. Quick horses, determined riders, and a touch of luck are the main components of a winning team in this sport. Each team includes two riders. Cattle are numbered from 0-9, the announcer draws a number to begin with, and each team then has 60 seconds to sort the numbered cattle in numerical order- increasing in sequence from the starting number. Teamwork is the key with both riders working in harmony to sort out the correct cattle and drive them to a pen while keeping the wrong numbered cattle back.

For the Contestants:

  • Entry Deadline
    • Mail-In: January 15, 2018
    • Online: January 25, 2018

Schedule of Events:

Ranch Sorting - February 14-15, 2018 | 9:00am | Expo Hall

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The 2018 Horse Show Schedule is posted below. All dates are tentative and subject to change.

Downloads

2018 Horse Show Schedule

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Rules and detailed information for all Horse Show Events can be found in the Horse Show Premium List. The 2018 Horse Show Premium List will be posted at a later date.


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The 2018 Horse Show Entry Forms will be posted at a later date. 


Mail-In Entry Deadline: January 15, 2018

Online Entry Deadline: January 25, 2018


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Please check here periodically for any news, updates, or helpful documents. We hope to see you in February!

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The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo holds its Horse Show events in the Expo Hall, which opened in 2010. The Expo Hall totals 315,900 sq. ft., of which 180,900 sq. ft. is climate controlled. The building also features:

  • A competition arena measuring 125 feet wide by 300 feet long
  • 126 prime commercial exhibit spaces
  • Climate controlled warm-up arena and show arena
  • 1,500 spectator seats
  • Approximately 750 new stalls
  • Indoor wash racks
  • Improved unloading areas for trailers


The project was built in two phases. Phase I was made possible through a joint effort between the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. and the Bexar County Community Arenas Board. This phase consists of a 113,400 sq. ft. multi-use, climate controlled building which serves as the Horse Show Arena.

Phase II of the construction project, which was funded by the Bexar County "venue tax" bond that was passed in 2008, includes a 67,500 sq. ft. addition to the multi-use building that includes a warm-up arena and a 145,000 sq. ft stall barn.

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