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Rodeo Houston


From Kelsey McCullough, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was due to run March 3-22, 2020, at the NRG Park in Houston, Texas. The 20-day event includes livestock and horse shows, judging contests, music and concerts, shopping, attractions, and special event days – as well as the famous Rodeo Houston. But officials with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™  announced on Wednesday March 11, 2020 that the rest of the rodeo had been cancelled on a directive from Houston city officials due to concerns with the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Prior to the cancellation, thirty-two cowboys and cowgirls had earned a spot in the Rodeo Houston® Semifinals during the Super Series II Championship Round on March 8.

The top four from each event, from each Super Series advanced to a Semifinal Round. The top four from each event in the Semifinal rounds advanced to the Rodeo Houston Super Series Championship, which would have been on Sunday, March 22. The remaining six from each event in the two semifinals would have competed in the Wild Card Round, Saturday, March 21, where the top two from each event would advance to the championship. Each event champion will walk away with a $50,000 payout, in addition to previous winnings. The Rodeo Houston Super Series would have included the Rodeo Houston Super Shootout on Sunday, March 15.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit

Tie-Down Roping
Cory Solomon secured the Super Series II Tie-Down Roping win. “My goal is just to do well at my hometown rodeo in front of family and friends,” Solomon said. “To win a rodeo like this would be a dream come true.”

Advancing to a Semifinal Round:
  • Cory Solomon: Prairie View, Texas — $4,000
  • Reese Riemer: Stinnett, Texas — $4,000
  • Cody Huber: Albia, Iowa — $3,750
  • Ryan Jarrett: Comanche, Oklahoma — $3,000
Bareback Riding
Leighton Berry won the Super Series II Bareback Riding at his first Rodeo Houston appearance.  “I’ve always known that this rodeo was super cool,” Berry said. “People say such good things about it and you get excited to get here and then it just blows your mind. This is probably the coolest rodeo I’ve ever been to.”

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
  • Leighton Berry: Weatherford, Texas — $6,500
  • Paden Hurst: Huntsville, Texas — $6,000
  • Jake Brown: Cleveland, Texas — $3,500
  • Anthony Thomas: Humble, Texas — $1,375
Team Roping
Team Dustin Egusquiza and Travis Graves secured the Super Series II Team Roping win after three consistent runs, advancing to the semifinals.

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
·       Dustin Egusquiza: Mineral Wells, Texas and Travis Graves: Bluff Dale, Texas — $13,000
·       Derrick Begay: Winslow, Arizona; and Cory Petska: Marana, Arizona — $8,000
·       Jake Cooper: Monument, New Mexico: and Caleb Anderson, Charlotte, North Carolina — $7,500
·       JR Dees: Aurora, South Dakota; and Lane Siggins: Coolidge, Arizona — $5,000

Saddle Bronc Riding
Allen Boore clinched a Super Series II Saddle Bronc Riding win Sunday night. “I love the atmosphere here in Houston,” Boore said. “They take really good care of us and they make it feel like home on the road.”

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
·           Allen Boore: Axtell, Utah — $4,583
·           Lefty Holman: Visalia, California — $4,458
·           Joe Harper: Paradise Valley, Nevada — $3,958
·           Ross Griffin: Tulurosa, New Mexico — $3,375

Steer Wrestling
Stephen Culling won the Super Series II Steer Wrestling and has advanced to the Semifinals.

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
·           Stephen Culling: Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada — $4,500
·           Kalane Anders: Cheyenne, Wyoming — $4,000
·           Jace Melvin: Bluff Dale, Texas — $3,000
·           Jesse Brown: Baker City, Oregon — $3,000

Barrel Racing
Lacinda Rose took home the win in Super Series II for Barrel Racing. “I love the atmosphere,” Rose said. “They really want to make this a good experience.”

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
·           Lacinda Rose: Willard, Missouri — $6,000
·           Jessie Telford: Caldwell, Idaho — $5,000
·           Lois Ferguson: West, Texas — $3,500
·           Mary Walker: Ennis, Texas — $3,000

Bull Riding
Parker McCown clinched the Super Series II win in his Rodeo Houston debut. “I think all my friends and family up in the stands cheering me on is really cool,” McCown said. “I think that’s the best part of being here in Houston.”

Advancing to Semifinal Round:
·           Parker McCown: Montgomery, Texas — $6,000
·           Roscoe Jarboe: New Plymouth, Idaho — $4,500
·           Eli Vastbinder: Union Grove, North Carolina — $3,500
·           Brady Portenier: Caldwell, Idaho — $1,000

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Photo credit: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

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