The 53rd annual Cowboy of the Year Open Rodeo and Festival, which is promoted as the richest rodeo in Texas, is gathering steam toward weekend excitement at the Atascosa County Showbarn.
Timed events were held earlier this week and slack for timed events will be Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. as they get the field set for prime rodeo action. Cowboy introductions will be on Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. with the rodeo starting at 8 p.m. On Aug. 18, the rodeo will kick off at 7 p.m.
Events include open breakaway roping, women’s breakaway roping, ranch bronc riding, tie down roping, women’s barrel racing, bull riding and two divisions of team roping.
This is 31st year in which the Pleasanton Young Farmers have sponsored the event.
Buckles will be awarded in every event except ranch bronc riding, for which the winner receives a saddle. Gold and silver buckles will go to the All-Around Cowboy and Cowgirl.
Please see our Cowboy Tales special section included in this issue.