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The sold-out Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition featured dishes from 111 distinguished Houston restaurants, chefs and caterers paired with winning wines from the 2017 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition.
Champion wines were selected from 2,850 entries representing wineries from approximately 20 different countries, including Australia, Austria, France, Italy, Japan, Peru, South Africa and Spain. These entries included 105 wines from the 2017 featured region of Tuscany and 351 wines from Texas.

The champion wines are:
Grand Champion Best of Show – Arinzano Gran Vino Blanco, Pago de Arinzano D.O., 2010
Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show – Nice Winery Notorious Malbec, Mount Veeder, 2013
Top Texas Wine – Pedernales Cellars Texas High Plains Tempranillo, 2014
Top Sparkling Wine – Laetitia Brut Rosé, Arroyo Grande Valley, 2014
Top White Wine – Fall Creek Vineyards Chardonnay, Certenberg Vineyards, 2014
Top Red Wine – Trinchero Forte Red Wine, Napa Valley, 2012
Top Region Wine – Talosa Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano D.O.C., 2012
Top Sweet Wine – Bodegas Dios Baco, Baco de Elite Amontillado Sherry, Jerez D.O., NV
Top Value Wine – Aia Vecchia Lagone, Toscana I.G.T., 2013
Top All-Around Winery – Wilson Winery of Dry Creek Top Region Wine Company – Palm Bay International Top Wine Company – Trinchero Family Estates
Top Texas Winery – Kiepersol Vineyards & Winery

The 2017 Best Bites winners are:
Outstanding Showmanship Award
 Grand Champion – Cupcake Kitchen
 Most Creative – Brothers Produce

People’s Choice Award
 Grand Champion – Killen’s STQ
 Reserve Grand Champion – Royer’s Round Top Café

Tasty Traditions Award
 Grand Champion – Mostly Chocolate – hazelnut and popecochs, goat cheese
 Reserve Grand Champion – Merlion on 4th – Shrimp Raad Prick

Trailblazing Appetizer/Starter Award
 Grand Champion – Revolve Kitchen + Bar, Hotel Derek – achiote braised pork sliders, jalapeño cabbage slaw, sriracha honey glaze
 Reserve Grand Champion – Snooze: An AM Eatery – OMG French Toast Bites: French baguette with sweet mascarpone, topped with salted caramel and vanilla crème, and finished with strawberries, toasted coconut, and powdered sugar
 Third Place – Cotton Culinary – duck roulade with candied jalapeño, wrapped with smoked hatch bacon

Lone Star Entrée Award
 Grand Champion – Merlion on 4th – Shrimp Raad Prick
 Reserve Grand Champion – Killen’s STQ – pork belly burnt ends with cherry habanero sauce and a side of creamed corn
 Third Place – Hearsay Gastro Lounge Market Square – Southern-fried Texas quail on 5-year-aged sharp cheddar grits with a Thai chili, bacon, bourbon and butter honey

Two-Steppin’ Dessert Award
 Grand Champion – Mostly Chocolate: hazelnut and popecochs, goat cheese
 Reserve Grand Champion – CRAVE – red velvet mini cupcakes
 Third Place – Brio Tuscan Grille – mascarpone cheesecake

Rookie Award
 Hearsay Gastro Lounge Market Square

All champion wines will be auctioned at the Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction, Sunday, March 5.
A selection of the champion wines will be available for tasting, by the glass and bottle, throughout the run of the Show, March 7 through 26, in the Champion Wine Garden, located in Carruth Plaza. Times are Monday through Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Fridays, 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sundays, noon to 10 p.m. Educational seminars are available in the Champion Wine Garden, ranging from $45 to $65 per person. To learn more, visit rodeohouston.com/Visit-the-Show/Attractions-Activities/Wine-Garden.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2017 Show runs March 7 – 26.

Prep Girls Playoff Basketball – TTR Broadcast Schedule

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TAPPS Girls Class 2A State Final
Shiner Saint Paul vs Muenster Sacred Heart at McMurry University – Abilene, TX
Saturday, March 4th – 3:00 p.m.

*If Saint Paul wins, they will play in TAPPS 2A State Final – Saturday, March 4th – 3:00pm


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(February 27, 2017, AMARILLO, TX) – Rich O’Toole is recovering from a car accident this past Saturday in an Amarillo hospital.  Rich was in Amarillo for a show at The Golden Light Café and Cantina when the car he was riding in was involved in an accident.  He was rushed to North West Texas Hospital with a severe neck injury.  He underwent surgery Sunday night and will remain the hospital for an undetermined amount of time.  An announcement will be made about his upcoming shows soon.

$1.7 million San Antonio Rodeo comes to a close

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By Susan Kanode
For the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb. 25, 2017) – The San Antonio Rodeo started on Feb. 9 with 400 contestants hoping to leave the AT&T Center with big paychecks.

That dream came true for the Xtreme Bulls champion on Saturday afternoon and the rodeo champions on Saturday night. The day started out with an exciting performance of bull riding where Colorado’s Ty Wallace rose to the top.

Wallace rode Powder River Rodeo’s Shocker for 90 points. That eight-second effort netted him a whopping $25,380. And while he didn’t win the bull riding at the rodeo, he still earned $14,613 bringing his San Antonio total winnings to $39,993.

The stars were shining on Amberleigh Moore and her great mare “CP Dark Moon” in the AT&T Center as well. Moore, from Keizer, Ore., and the eight-year-old horse that she calls Paige won all three rounds in her preliminary bracket. Then, they won a round and tied for first in the two semifinals competitions. She led the standings coming into the finals by over $2,000.

Taking the first barrel with left-hand turns and the next two to the right, she had the fastest time on Saturday night once again at 13.98 seconds. She had made five victory laps around the AT&T Center horseback. Her sixth one was standing in the back of a Ford truck. She earned $29,339.

“I was talking to her the whole trip,” Moore said. “It’s amazing that she could hear me with the fans in here, but she did and she did everything I asked her to.”

Paige was also honored as one of the Animal Athletes at the San Antonio Rodeo. That got Moore another $1,500 bonus. Moore is leaving San Antonio as the highest earning contestant in the rodeo’s history.

Bareback riding saw unheard of scores at the top of the leaderboard. Tyler Nelson, from Victor, Idaho, won first place in the finals with a 91.5-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Full Baggage. That got him $14,476 for the night and total earnings of $25,881 for the biggest win of his career.

World champion and current standings leader, Tim O’Conner from Zwingle, Iowa finished half a point behind Nelson with 91. Tanner Aus from Granite Falls, Minn., had a 90 and the final check went to Richmond Champion from The Woodlands, Texas, with an 89.

“This was the best bareback riding I’ve ever witnessed, “O’Connell said. “Where else can you go and score 91 points and finish second? That was phenomenal.”

Hunter Herrin, from Apache, Okla., was a repeat champion and he did it with speed. The tie-down roper tied his own arena record with a 6.6-second run Saturday night. He won $22,734.

Kaleb Driggers from Albany, Ga., is a three-time team roping champion in the AT&T Center and he’s won it with three different partners. He finished at the top of the standings this year with the reigning world champion all-around, Junior Nogueira from Presidente Prudente, Brazil. The each earned $21,692.

Plans are already underway for the 2018 San Antonio Rodeo which will be held Feb. 8 – 24.


Bareback Riding – Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho, $25,881

Steer Wrestling – Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., $21,604

Team Roping – Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil

And Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., $21,692

Saddle Bronc Riding – CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, $24,927

Tie-Down Roping – Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., $22,745

Barrel Racing – Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore., $29,339

Bull Riding – Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho, $27,033


SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb. 25, 2017) — The following are final results from the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo, the 12-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year. Complete results are available at sarodeo.com


Finals followed by total money (20th performance) —


Bareback Riding: 1, Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho, 91.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Full Baggage, $14,476. 2, Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, 91, $10,857. 3, Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 90, $7,238. 4, Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 89, $3,619. (total money) 1, Nelson, $25,881. 2, O’Connell, $21,407. 3, Aus, $14,438. 4, Champion, $13,242.


Steer Wrestling: 1, Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., 3.8 seconds, $14,476. 2, Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 4.1, $10, 857. 3, Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta, 4.3, $7,238. 4, Jon Ragatz, Beetown, Wis., 4.5, $3,619. (total money) 1, Erickson, $21,604. 2, Peek, $18,270. 3, Ragatz, $11,817. 4, Guenthner, $11,693.


Team Roping: 1, Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas, and Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 4.0 seconds, $14,476. 2, Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., and Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prudente, Brazil, 4.3, $10,857. 3, Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla., and Travis Woodard, Stockton, Calif., 4.4, $7,238. 4, Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M., and Jim Ross Cooper, Stephenville, Texas, 5.4, $3,619. (total money) Driggers and Nogueira, $21,692. 2, Brown and Long, $21,034. 3, Buckaloo and Woodard, $13,974 4, Dustin Egusquiza, Mariana, Fla., and korty Koontz, Stephenville, Texas, $11,334.


Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, (tie) Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla., on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Nutrena’s Wound Up and CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, Calgary Stampede’s Stampede Warrior, 87.5 points and $12,666 each. 3, Nat Stratton, Goodwell, Okla., 87, $7,238. 4, (tie) Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Okla., and Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, Texas, 86, $1,809. (total money) 1, Bradshaw, $24,927. 2, Braden, $22,076. 3, Stratton, $13,974. 4, Crawley, $12,074.


               Tie-Down Roping: 1, Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 6.6 seconds, $14,476. 2, Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 7.1, $10,857. 3, Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 7.8, $7,238. 4, Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, 7.9, $3,619. (total money) 1, $22,745. 2, Hanchey, $19,696. 3, Smidt, $11,389.


Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore., 13.98 seconds, $14,476. 2, Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash., 14.11, $10,857. 3, Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif., and Taylor Langdon, Aubrey, Texas, 14.16, $5,428 each. (total money) 1, Moore, $29,339. 2, Grimes, $23,474. 3, Langdon, $12,272. 4, Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo., $9,980.


Bull Riding: (two rides) 1, Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho, 91 points on D&H Cattle Company’s Sweet Pro Bruiser, $19,905. 2 ,Scottie Knapp, Albquerque, N.M., 88, $16,286. (total money) 1, Jarboe, $27,033. 2, Knapp, $20,206. 3, Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, $15,706. 4, Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo., $14,613.


TTR Weekend Weather Update

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The Flood Warning continues for the Guadalupe River Near Bloomington affecting Calhoun, Refugio, and Victoria Counties. Rainfall earlier this week upstream and over the area will keep the aforementioned river above flood stage for the next few days.  For the latest river stages and forecasts visit: /river/

Behind a cold front, temperatures will drop to near normal on Saturday. A warming trend with increasing moisture will begin on Sunday and continue through Tuesday. An upper level disturbance will generate isolated showers and thunderstorms Sunday into Sunday night. Isolated showers are also possible on Tuesday across the eastern areas.

Now here’s your TTR Weekend Weather Forecast –

Today: Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Patchy fog early in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s. West winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the north 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Cooler, clear. Lows in the mid 40s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday: Cooler, sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday Night: Clear. Lows in the upper 40s. East winds 5 mph.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 70s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Sunday Night And Monday: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 60s. Highs in the upper 70s.

Have a great weekend!

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