The Big Show Is Back: Your Guide to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2014

Yes, The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is back, and it’s bigger than ever, full of music and food and all the things that make it a must-do in the Bayou City.


National Cutting Horse Association Cutting

February 27-March 6

Little ones can get close to the animals at KidsCountry.
Heather Vidrine
Little ones can get close to the animals at KidsCountry.

The NCHA will be holding competitions for youth, novices, amateurs and professionals every morning starting at 8 a.m. featuring prizes that go as high as $50,000. Stop by for a demonstration of true cowboy skill as a horse and rider take on a whole herd.

Team Penning and Ranch Sorting

March 9-11

If you're a morning person, this 7 a.m. event is perfect for you, particularly if you enjoy watching a team of people herd cattle.

Paint Horse Show

March 12-14, 17 and 18

These artistic-looking horses will be strutting their stuff at 8 a.m. in five different events, which will include exhibitions of roping, speed, English form, halter and showmanship, and Western.

Quarter Horse Show

March 12-14

Organized by the American Quarter Horse Association, this event allows quarter horses of all kinds to compete in events that test speed, teamwork and skill. Each segment kicks off at 8 a.m.

Donkey and Mule Shows

March 15-16

At 7 a.m. on these two days, donkeys and mules will strut their stuff in obstacle-driving contests, snigging (the dragging of a log), mule pulling and competing in a widest-ear-span contest.

All Breed Youth Horse Show

March 18-20

This event allows individuals 18 years and under to compete in halter, showmanship, and Western and English performance for a chance to win prizes that range from saddle pads and saddles to belt buckles and savings bonds. The age divisions are from five to nine, 13 and under, and from 14 to 18. The first event takes place at 3 p.m., and the other two events are at 8 a.m.

Llama and Alpaca Shows

March 20-23

On these four days, visitors can drop in on a number of events dealing with llamas and alpacas, including costume contests and halter, speed, and showmanship events. Shows take place at various times during the day.

Versatility Ranch Horse

World Championship Show

March 20-22

A world championship event run by the American Quarter Horse Association that showcases the various talents of the ranch horse, among them trail riding, cutting and conformation. It will be held in separate segments starting at 8a.m., in the afternoon or at 7:30 p.m., depending on the day.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting

World Championship

March 21-22

A two-day event run by the American Quarter Horse Association, this fast-paced competition allows men and women to display a most invaluable skill: the ability to shoot down balloons with blank-loaded .45 caliber pistols while riding around on a horse at top speed.


Goats, cattle, sheep and student artwork all hang out in or on the walls of the various halls of Reliant Center for visitors' perusal. If you'd like to see who wins, or just enjoy admiring the work of talented folk young and old, this is the place to be at any time during the Rodeo's run.


RodeoHouston BP Super Series

March 4-22

Starting at 3:45 p.m. on weekends and 6:45 p.m. on weekdays, this is the main event. Each day will bring another round and another chance for competitors to win money and recognition. The Super Series comes to its final crescendo with the championship on Sunday, March 23.

Super Shootout: North America's Champions

March 23

This event is a one-day rodeo, separate from the Super Series, that includes the champions from eight different rodeos in the United States and Canada competing in one final showdown. Athletes will face off in bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding and — new this year — steer wrestling, for a whopping total purse of $250,000. The event begins at 3:45 p.m. and will be followed by a concert featuring The Zac Brown Band.

Country fans will be happy to see the iconic songstress Reba McEntire back on the RodeoHouston® stage again this year, along with the usual lineup of The Band Perry, The Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean. For those with a different musical bent, Maroon 5 is bringing its soulful brand of pop rock, REO Speedwagon is delivering the '80s, and Robin Thicke will be busting out his chart-topping notoriety.

Here's the lineup:

March 4: Brad Paisley

March 5: Eli Young Band

March 6: Reba McEntire

March 7: Usher

March 8: Chris Young

March 9: Selena Gomez

March 10: REO Speedwagon

March 11: Jason Aldean

March 12: Jake Owen

March 13: Maroon 5

March 14: Keith Urban

March 15: Hunter Hayes

March 16: Pesado and Banda MS

March 17: Luke Bryan

March 18: Robin Thicke

March 19: Florida Georgia Line

March 20: Blake Shelton

March 21: Easton Corbin

March 22: The Band Perry

March 23: The Zac Brown Band

Monday through Friday performances: RodeoHouston® start time is 6:45 p.m., with the performers typically taking the stage between 9and 9:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday performances: RodeoHouston® start time is 3:45 p.m.; performers typically take the stage between 5:45 and 6:15p.m.

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