LAS VEGAS, NV – The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo was awarded the 2016 Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) at an awards ceremony with a record setting 11,000 attendees on Wednesday night, November 30th, held in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo.
With Wednesday’s award, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has won Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year for an unprecedented Twelve (12) consecutive years. The designation by the PRCA is considered the highest honor in the sport of rodeo worldwide because nominees and winners are voted on by PRCA rodeo contestants, contract personnel, committees and members.
The award was received by San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo’s Executive Director & CEO Keith Martin, Chairman of the Board Joe Soules, President Cody Davenport, Immediate Past President Joe Hutchison and Executive Committee Vice President Clint Swindall.
Executive Director & CEO Keith Martin commented, “It means so much to us that our peers in the industry honor us in this way. We accept this award on behalf of over 6,000 volunteers that are the heart and soul of our organization—they move in dirt, set fences, clean stalls, cook meals for contestants and greet patrons with a smile. They are irreplaceable, and their Texas hospitality is legendary. And when the Rodeo ends, they start working to make it even better next year. We are grateful to the community of San Antonio and the great state of Texas — devoted supporters of both our event and mission to help educate the youth of Texas. We are also thankful for the financial support of our loyal sponsors and auction contributors.”
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has been an innovator to the sport of rodeo with its tournament style, bracket format and by hosting rodeo’s top competitors. This February, these competitors will vie for over $1.6 million in prize money — the richest regular season payouts in the PRCA. The organization researches and recruits world-class animal athletes from North America’s best stock contractors and books internationally renowned performers. It also hosts one of the largest Junior Livestock Shows in the nation—over 70,000 animals will come and go from the rodeo grounds over the course of the 18 day show.
The 68th annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is held on February 9-26, 2017 at the AT&T Center/Freeman Coliseum grounds. Individual tickets for each PRCA Rodeo and concert start at $15 and may be purchased on the SA Rodeo mobile app, at www.sarodeo.com, the Rodeo Ticket Office (located at the Southwest Corner of the AT&T Center), or by calling 1-877-63-RODEO (1-877-637-6336).
Let’s Rodeo San Antonio! February 9-26, 2017
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo takes place February 9-26, 2017. It has received the PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year award for twelve consecutive years. Established in 1949, it has grown to be one of the largest and most prestigious single events in the city with over 2 million visitors entered the grounds in 2016. The success of the organization is attributed to over 6,000 volunteers who give countless hours to the organization. With community, donor and volunteer support, the organization has donated over $171.4 million to the youth of Texas through scholarships, grants, endowments, auctions, a calf scramble program and show premiums. For more information, visit www.sarodeo.com.