Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Breaks Barriers, Blasts Past 2 Million Mark

Style News Wire | 3/22/2010, 3:29 p.m.
The 78th annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo ended another successful run, shattering attendance records and breaking several junior market ...

Cory Petska – Lexington, Okla., $56, 250;

o saddle bronc riding: Rod Hay – Wildwood, Alberta, Canada, $54,250;

o steer wrestling: Cody Cassidy – Donaldo, Alberta, Canada, $52,650;

o barrel racing: Sherry Cervi – Marana, Ariz., $61,500;

o bull riding: Shawn Hogg – Odessa, Texas, $56,250.

· The RodeoHouston BP Super Series featured 116 National Finals Rodeo qualifiers, eight event world champions, two PRCA Announcers of the Year, a Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame announcer, a Country Music Association Hall of Fame color commentator, a PRCA Clown of the Year, and two PRCA Bullfighter of the Year nominees.

· The High Flyin’ Award, a year’s worth of Continental Airlines travel, presented to the contestant with the highest flights, hardest spills, roughest crashes, and toughest luck, went to R.C. Landingham from Red Bluff, Calif., for his wild encounter with a bull.

· Xtreme Bulls returned to RodeoHouston Sunday, March 21. Forty cowboys competed for a total purse of $75,000. The 2010 winner was Luke Haught, from Weatherford, Texas. He walked away with $22,771.

· RodeoHouston produced four live pay-per-view telecasts, including the RodeoHouston BP Super Series Championship, Saturday, March 20.

AUCTION RECORDS, TOTALS· This year’s livestock competitions and horse shows boasted 27,013 entries.

· Each of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo junior auctions brought in $1 million or more. Seven of the junior auction Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion records were broken. The prices for the top winners were (*new world’s records):

o *Grand Champion Work of Art, $190,000; and Reserve Grand Champion Work of Art, $120,000

o *Grand Champion Barrow, $176,000; and *Reserve Grand Champion Barrow, $115,000

o Grand Champion Pen of Broilers, $120,000; and Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Broilers, $60,000

o *Grand Champion Goat, $135,000; and *Reserve Grand Champion Goat, $132,000

o *Grand Champion Lamb, $190,000; and *Reserve Grand Champion Lamb, $135,000

o Grand Champion Steer, $175,000; and Reserve Grand Champion Steer, $168,000

o Grand Champion Turkey, $78,500; and Reserve Grand Champion Turkey, $48,000

· Junior auction sales totaled $7,148,201.

· The junior auction totals** included: market steers — $2,205,950; lamb and goat — $1,543,926; barrows — $1,086,100; poultry — $1,082,125; and school art — $1,230,100 (**unaudited preliminary totals that do not include cash contributions and some purchase commitment amounts).

· The Junior Commercial Steer Sale totaled $455,833.

· The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Champion Wine Auction brought in $773,650, including $120,000 for the Grand Champion Best of Show and $90,000 for the Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show.

· The Ranching & Wildlife Auction totaled $145,700.

more great numbers

· More than 1,500 kids participated in Mutton Bustin’ in the Kids Country Arena, and more than 280 participated in Mutton Bustin’ in Reliant Stadium.

· In the Capital One Bank AGventure Birthing Center, 73 piglets, 22 lambs and 17 calves were born during the Show. In the poultry exhibit, more than 1,000 chicks were hatched.

· More than 300,000 stuffed animals were won at the games in the carnival.

· More than 22,000 young cowboys and cowgirls took a ride at the pony rides.