The San Antonio region played a major role in the events of the Old West, and the influence extends far beyond the famous Alamo. From pioneers pushing west to cowboys pushing cattle into and out of town, the glory days of San Antonio were filled with rough and rugged men and tough and beautiful women.
The traditions that helped to settle the Old West and extend a new nation from coast to coast live on even today. There may no longer be cowboys riding up and down the street, but you can see them ride and rope every February when the world famous San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and Stock Show comes to town.
The sport of Rodeo has a long and proud tradition, one that has its roots deep in the Old West. Back then, rodeos were small and informal affairs, often taking the form of impromptu roping contests between cowboys or bronco busters daring one another to take on the roughest stock.
Now the sport has been formalized, with competitors from around the country and throughout the world. Those elite athletes can pick and choose the events they attend, and they all look forward to coming to San Antonio every February.
Indeed, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is universally regarded as one of the best by both competitors and spectators. If you have never attended a rodeo before, the San Antonio spectacular is a wonderful introduction. And if you are already a rodeo fan, you will definitely appreciate the skills and bravery these young men and women bring to their favorite sport.
If you plan to attend the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo this year, you will want to get your tickets early. Thousands of San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo fans come here year after year, and it is not unusual for tickets to sell out.
When you attend, you can enjoy all the rodeo events you expect, from bareback and saddle bronc riding to calf roping to the most dangerous sport of all – bull riding. And if you have a need for speed, you can get your fill of fast horses and lovely ladies as the cowgirls show off their skills in barrel racing.
The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and Stock Show is more than another event; it is a showcase for the local livestock industry, a top-notch trade show, a world-class competition and a great opportunity to meet your new neighbors and learn about the history of the region.
This annual event is also one of the longest and largest of its kind, running more than two weeks from February 6 through February 23. In addition to the rodeo, there is plenty of amazing live entertainment. From the iconic ZZ Top to the amazing Keith Urban to Chris Young and Joe Pardi to the future stars of the country music world, you will find it all under one roof. So get your tickets now and get ready to come back again and again; the annual San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and Stock Show is definitely worth a second, and a third or fourth, visit.