By Chris Lane
By Olivia Flores Alvarez
By Angelica Leicht
By Jef Rouner
By Jef With One F
By Jef With One F
By Marco Torres
March 4-5, 14-16
Quarter Horse Show
Two events, each starting at 8 a.m., will test the skills of quarter horses and their riders. First up are the Roping Events, and then the Speed Events. That will be followed by Halter and Performance shows later on.
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Palomino Horse Show
On March 5 at 4 p.m., there'll be a Halter Events show for this dazzlingly colored breed, and on March 6 at 8 a.m., there will be a Performance Events show.
Paint Horse Show
This show for colorfully splotched horses incorporates Halter and Speed events, both at 8 a.m.
Team Penning and Ranch Sorting
If you're willing to watch anything at 7 a.m., this is here as an option. It involves teams working together to separate and sort cows into their respective pens.
Llama and Alpaca Shows
For these four days, visitors can drop in on a number of events for the exhibition of llamas and alpacas, including costume events, halter, speed and showmanship. They occur at various times of the day.
Donkey and Mule Shows
Over the course of three days, there'll be several shows for the performance and showing of donkeys and mules, including showmanship, halter, speed, performance and mule driving (one of the more bizarre sports, if you've ever watched it). The events will be either in the early morning, at 8 or 9 a.m., or midday, such as noon or 2 p.m.
RELIANT CENTER EVENTS
February 29-MARCH 18
Goats, cattle, sheep and student artwork all go to the Reliant Center to be judged. Stop by if you want to see who won the blue ribbon (or the large, tricolored ribbon, as the case may be) in any of those events.
RELIANT STADIUM EVENTS
SATURDAY, February 25
Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
For the first time, this series, which involves 40 bull riders and their bucking adversaries in an exhilarating eight-second battle, will be held in Reliant Stadium. It begins at 2 p.m. and will require the purchase of a separate ticket.
February 28-March 17
RODEOHOUSTON BP Super Series
Starting at 3:45 p.m. on the weekends and 6:45 p.m. on weekdays, this is the main event. Each day will bring another round and another chance at winning money and recognition for the competitors. The Super Series comes to its final crescendo with the championship on Saturday, March 17.
Each show will be followed by a concert starring a different musical guest, and that schedule is as follows:
(Every Wednesday is "Value Wednesday," meaning that ticket prices drop to $10.)(Listings by date continue below.)
Trail to Talent
This year's musical lineup has something for everyone.
Although the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is best known for its country music concerts with guests ranging from the fairly obscure to the superstar, it always tries to have a little something for everyone.
One of the standouts in this year's itinerary is Enrique Iglesias, the Latin heartthrob and singer of such classics as "Bailamos" and "Hero," who will be performing Tuesday, March 6, following that day's rodeo proper. It's a continuation of his Euphoria Tour, which brought him into Houston several months back on October 12. This is a second chance for fans who missed him the first time around, and possibly the last for a while, since he will be heading south of the border once he finishes with the Rodeo.
Hometown favorite ZZ Top will also be gracing the stage. This will be the fourth time the bearded Houston heroes entertain the rodeo crowd, the last time being in 2009. Their performance will take place on March 18.
And for the children, the usual Disney Channel graduate has been replaced with Nickelodeon alumnus Big Time Rush — a band of four teen boys known for performing on Big Time Rush, a television show about a band of four teen boys.
Among the other guests are Kid Rock, who will be helping to celebrate Armed Forces Appreciation Day on February 29, country star Miranda Lambert on March 13, her husband and The Voice judge Blake Shelton on March 7, up-and-coming sibling act The Band Perry on March 2, R&B artist John Legend on March 14, and many more.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 (Opening Night)
Wednesday, Feb. 29 (Armed Forces Appreciation Day)
Thursday, March 1
Friday, March 2 (Black Heritage Day)
Saturday, March 3
Sunday, March 4
Big Time Rush
China Anne McClain
From A.N.T. Farm, With The McClain Sisters
Monday, March 5
Tuesday, March 6
Wednesday, March 7
Thursday, March 8
Friday, March 9
(Paint the Rodeo Pink Day)
Saturday, March 10
Sunday, March 11 (Go Tejano Day)
Monday, March 12
Spring Break Stampede
Tuesday, March 13
Wednesday, March 14
The Band Perry
Thursday, March 15
Friday, March 16
Saturday, March 17
SUNDAY, MARCH 18
Cinch RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout: North America's Champions
This event is a one-day rodeo, separate from the Super Series, that includes the champions from ten different rodeos in the United States and Canada competing in one final showdown. Athletes will face off in bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding and saddle bronc riding for a whopping $200,000. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and will be followed by a concert featuring Alan Jackson.