Rounding It Up

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo brings a stellar 2012 lineup.

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.

March 5-6

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.

March 7-8

Paint Horse Show

This show for colorfully splotched horses incorporates Halter and Speed events, both at 8 a.m.

March 11-13

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.

March 15-18

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.

March 16-18

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.


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.


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


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)

Alabama [See Playbill]

Wednesday, Feb. 29 (Armed Forces Appreciation Day)

Kid Rock

Thursday, March 1

Lady Antebellum

Friday, March 2 (Black Heritage Day)

John Legend

Saturday, March 3

Luke Bryan

Sunday, March 4

Big Time Rush

China Anne McClain

From A.N.T. Farm, With The McClain Sisters

Monday, March 5

Eli Young Band

Tuesday, March 6

Enrique Iglesias

Wednesday, March 7

Blake Shelton

Thursday, March 8

ZZ Top

Friday, March 9

(Paint the Rodeo Pink Day)


Saturday, March 10

Chris Young

Sunday, March 11 (Go Tejano Day)


La Original Banda El Limon

Monday, March 12

Zac Brown Band

Spring Break Stampede

Tuesday, March 13

Miranda Lambert

Wednesday, March 14

The Band Perry

Thursday, March 15

Jason Aldean

Friday, March 16


Saturday, March 17

Brad Paisley


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.

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