Young Farmer’s Open Rodeo and Festival




For some great open rodeo action and music by Natalie Rose & Mark Chesnutt, attend this event at the Atascosa County showbarn rodeo arena between Pleasanton and Jourdanton on August 15 & 16.

For some great open rodeo action and music by Natalie Rose & Mark Chesnutt, attend this event at the Atascosa County showbarn rodeo arena between Pleasanton and Jourdanton on August 15 & 16.

The bleachers are set, discs have plowed the arena and cowboys will be there in full force for the Pleasanton Young Farmers’ Cowboy of the Year Open Rodeo and Festival.

Pegged as the richest open rodeo in Texas – with $15,000 added money – there should be lots of talent show up to compete.

Before Friday’s rodeo, the naming of this year’s Cowboy of the Year and the induction of two men into the South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame will take place. After the rodeo, stay for the dance featuring Natalie Rose.

The South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame ceremony and Cowboy of the Year presentation is 7 p.m. Friday, August.

The rodeo will begin at 7:30 p.m. Immediately following the rode will be Natalie Rose for the entertainment.

On Saturday during the day the barbeque cook-off will be happening.  Goat roping (registration at 10:30 a.m.) will be presented plus a washer tournament (sign up at noon). The rodeo will begin at 7:30 with music by Mark Chesnutt following.

During the day on Saturday, August 16, there will be a barbeque cookoff, washer tourney and goat roping. That night attend another rodeo and dance to the music of Mark Chesnutt.

As with any event, there are sponsors who help to make it successful. This year’s official sponsors are: Miller Lite – Glazer Distributing, Gaydos Construction, LLC, CSC Operating, MG Building Materials, Energy Waste Rentals and Service, Elliott Electric Supply, Lyssy & Eckel Feed and Microtel Hotel – the official hotel for the event.

For more information, plus feature stories on cowboys, tools of the trade and greeting ads from area businesses, please see the special “Cowboy Tales” section included in this edition.

Enjoy the weekend!


Each year the former Cowboys of the Year gather at the Pleasanton Express to choose the next recipient as well as the new inductees into the South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Front row, left to right, are Committee Chairman Joel McDaniel (‘90), David Kaiser (‘09), Charles Maddox (‘87), Robert Bryan (84), Mickie Clark (‘03), Tommy Henry (‘86), Leroy Krueger (‘00) and Roy Alonzo (‘13). Back row are Clint Hindes (‘01), David McDaniel (‘97), Johnny Schrutka (‘05), Benny Zuniga (‘91), Gilbert Gonzales (‘92), Darryl Ashley (‘94), Roy Hindes III (‘04) and Billy Wayne Kaiser (‘07).

Each year the former Cowboys of the Year gather at the Pleasanton Express to choose the next recipient as well as the new inductees into the South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Front row, left to right, are Committee Chairman Joel McDaniel (‘90), David Kaiser (‘09), Charles Maddox (‘87), Robert Bryan (84), Mickie Clark (‘03), Tommy Henry (‘86), Leroy Krueger (‘00) and Roy Alonzo (‘13). Back row are Clint Hindes (‘01), David McDaniel (‘97), Johnny Schrutka (‘05), Benny Zuniga (‘91), Gilbert Gonzales (‘92), Darryl Ashley (‘94), Roy Hindes III (‘04) and Billy Wayne Kaiser (‘07).

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