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Livestock This committee organizes and coordinates all phases of herdsmen's awards, provides transportation and hospitality to official livestock show judges, assists in the judging arena, and helps with pedestrian and animal traffic control around the judging arenas. Llama and Alpaca This committee is responsible for conducting the llama and alpaca shows at the Houston Livestock Show. Committee members also solicit premium money donations. Members conduct interviews, write and edit articles, take and select photographs, and assist in the design and layout of each issue.
Medical and Safety This committee is responsible for providing medical care for Show guests and assisting in crowd control. Members also serve as a liaison between the Show and the Houston Fire Department, and assist in management and operation of various first aid stations and mobile units. Membership This committee promotes the Show through the sale of Show life memberships and new annual memberships to interested individuals. Committee members also staff the membership information booth and assist in the membership office.
Parade This committee is responsible for organizing and positioning participants for the annual Downtown Rodeo Parade. They work closely with city officials, establish the parade route and provide parade marshals along the route. Poultry Auction This committee is responsible for securing purchase commitments from buyers for all broilers and turkeys that earn a spot in the poultry auction above the Show guarantee.
Additionally, the committee sells poultry purchase orders, organizes the Poultry Auction Breakfast and assists with the Junior Market Poultry Auction. Rabbit This committee organizes and conducts the rabbit show, obtains trophy donors and sets up the Show facilities.
Committee members also help with record keeping and the operation of the show, including receiving and cooping rabbits and assisting the judge. Committee members recycle cardboard, plastic and aluminum, resulting in thousands of pounds of recycled products, keeping these items out of landfills. Rodeo Contestant Services This committee is responsible for greeting rodeo contestants and monitoring the contestant gate. Additionally, the committee assists the contestants with stalling their animals and parking their trailers.
Rodeo Express This committee assists in the smooth flow of bus and light rail traffic at NRG Park and at off-site parking locations. Committee members monitor and direct bus traffic and guide passengers to their appropriate buses.
Rodeo Merchandise Members promote and raise awareness of the Show through the sale and distribution of merchandise bearing the Show's logos. The committee contributes product ideas, identifies sales venues and works with other committees to fill any needs for logo products.
Members staff the Show merchandise booths during the event's entire run. Rodeo Operations Members of this committee work closely with the Buildings and Grounds Department in the setup, operation and teardown of NRG Park buildings and grounds.
Rodeo Run The Rodeo Run Committee is responsible for the planning and execution of the annual Rodeo Run, which includes a wheelchair, 5k and 10k race. Volunteers conduct participant registration, race course logistics and host the Post Race Party. Scholarship Administration Members of the Scholarship Administration Committee assist in activities necessary to efficiently facilitate the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship application process.
Duties include assistance in processing and verifying scholarship applications, scholarship judging, working the annual scholarship banquet and scholar night, and additional administrative tasks.
School Art This committee coordinates and supervises the School Art Program, stimulating interest in Western art and in Show activities through artistic competition by area students. Members organize judging, set up the Hayloft Gallery for display of winning entries and conduct the awards program for participating students. School Art Auction This committee is responsible for pre-selling winning student artwork.
They also are responsible for the School Art Auction, distribution of grand champion prints to pre-sale buyers, and planning and conducting the buyer and pre-auction parties. Members also obtain donations that directly support the Show's educational programs. They supervise and assist FFA and 4-H members who sell the programs to the public as well.
Special Attractions This committee supports the setup and operation of attractions such as the petting zoos, pig races, the birthing center, the children's educational area and various public entertainment areas throughout the grounds. They are an important liaison between vendors, staff and the general public during Show operation.
Steer Auction This committee is responsible for pre-selling all winning steers at a floor price above current market prices. Members also organize and conduct the Hide Party honoring the previous year's champion buyers and the pre-sale breakfast for prospective buyers. They also assist with the junior market steer auction.Meet the Athletes - Tom Lewis
Swine Auction This committee is responsible for collecting purchase commitments for Junior Market Barrow Show exhibitors whom make the auction. Individuals sell tickets out of the log cabins and ticket booths throughout NRG Park and help with fulfillment of special ticket promotions. Tours This education-based committee offers tours for groups visiting the Show, including international guests, school children, corporations and dignitaries.
The Tours Committee educates children and adults alike on the importance of the role of agriculture in Texas's economy through the AGventure tours.
Trail Ride This group is responsible for communicating with the trail rides that travel into Houston for the Downtown Rodeo Parade. The more you know, the more fun it is to watch the action each night during the Rodeo.
The official sport of Texas is rodeo, after all! Tie-Down Roping Tie-down roping was inspired by the traditional method cowboys use to gather cattle for medical treatment or branding when chutes and working pens were not readily available. This timed event requires the horse and its rider to be in sync, working together to catch and tie-down the runaway calf, who is allowed a head start.
When the calf reaches a certain distance from the chute, it trips a lever releasing the barrier on the roping box. When the barrier is released, the roper and his horse take off in hot pursuit. The horse then slides to a halt, allowing the roper to dismount and run toward the calf.
Once the calf is tied, the roper throws his hands in the air, stopping the clock. A second penalty is added if the horse and his rider break the barrier. If the calf comes untied during this time, the team will receive a no-time. Thus, the rider must rely only on his technique and training, in order to make it to the eight-second whistle.
A successful ride begins with the appropriate mount in the chute.
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Both the horse and the rider are judged in this event. This helps the rider maintain stability and proper form.
If the horse fails to buck or performs poorly, the rider may be offered a re-ride on a different horse, drawn at random. Team Roping Team roping is the only rodeo event that allows cowboys to work together in the arena. In this timed event, teamwork and trust are vital, as anything can happen when the steer is released from the chute.
The first roper, also called the header, is positioned to the left of the steer, with the second roper, or the heeler, to the right of the steer.
If the header misses, the team receives a no-score.
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If the heeler only catches one leg, the team will be penalized by five seconds. The team also will be penalized if the header leaves the box too soon, breaking the barrier.
Time is called when both horses turn to face each other, with no slack in the ropes, holding the steer. Saddle Bronc Riding Saddle bronc riding traces its roots back to the Old West when cowboys would throw saddles on wild horses to break and train them for their cattle ranches.
If the rider loses his stirrups or if his free hand touches the rein or the horse at any point during the ride, he will be disqualified.