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by Tracy Renck | Jan 29, 2018

   will broadcast the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas, beginning at 7 p.m. (CT) Feb. 2, and 2 p.m and 7:30 p.m., Feb. 3 … The 40th annual Cowboy Breakfast, the traditional kickoff of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, was held Jan. 26 at Cowboys Dancehall. Thousands of people received tacos, biscuits, milk and coffee. The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo takes place Feb. 8-25 … The 86th San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo officially kicks off with the arrival of livestock, the opening of commercial and creative arts exhibits, midway food vendors, the carnival and the first rodeo performance Feb. 2. This is the fifth year the event will offer 12 rodeo performances spread over three weekends. The short-go finals will be at 7:30 p.m. (CT), Feb. 16. The annual stock show and rodeo is expected to pump more than $15 million into the local economy, according to a Jan. 28 article in the San Angelo Standard-Times … The 78th annual Poly Royal Rodeo will be held at Alex G. Spanos Stadium on Cal Poly’s campus in San Luis Obispo, Calif., for the second consecutive year, the school announced Jan. 25. The 11,000-seat venue typically used for Cal Poly football and soccer games filled with more than 10,000 spectators for last year’s event – despite a rainout on the first night of competition. Last year, workers spread out 1,500 sheets of plywood and then covered them in 2,000 cubic yards of dirt to convert the grass football field into a rodeo arena. This year’s rodeo will be held April 13-14.


“I knew I wasn’t going to win anything just hanging on, so, I figured I needed to go for either money or mud. You need to get in the short round to make money. So, I nodded my head and then let it all hang out.”

            ­­­– Saddle bronc rider Rusty Wright telling the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about his approach at the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas, Jan. 28. Wright has a two-ride score of 168 points and is expected to advance to the short round Feb. 3. 


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