As the world’s largest livestock show and rodeo, it is no surprise that the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo breaks records, but to shatter past numbers as significantly as it did in 2013 is beyond Show officials’ wildest dreams. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attendance actually exceeded the population of the city of Houston, with more than 2.5 million visitors.
“We couldn’t have asked for better weather, better fans or better entertainment, and with the help of more than 28,000 volunteers, the Show was able to cater to an astonishing 2.5 million people — what a remarkable achievement,” said Skip Wagner, president of the Show.
Following are highlights from the 2013 Show:
The 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo entertained 2,506,238 visitors (all activities on the grounds).
The one-day total attendance record was set Saturday, March 16, with 174,507 visitors.
The RODEOHOUSTON® paid attendance record of 1,308,288 fans enjoyed action-packed rodeo performances and superstars in concert.
Five RODEOHOUSTON performances landed in the list of the Show’s top 20 paid Rodeo attendance records, taking the top five spots:
first: March 10, 2013 – Julion Alvarez and Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon – 75,305
second: March 16, 2013 – Luke Bryan – 75,242
- third: March 15, 2013 – Blake Shelton – 75,238
fourth: March 14, 2013 – Pitbull – 75,217
fifth: March 7, 2013 – Bruno Mars – 75,177
A record 264,132 people attended the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest to help kick off the Show, Feb. 21 – 23.
The Sunday, March 17, concert-only performance with George Strait, Martina McBride and the Randy Rogers Band set an all-time paid attendance record for Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo concerts, and for any event in Reliant Stadium, with 80,020 people. Prior to the concert, the Show held a re-dedication ceremony at its Star Trail of Fame for George Strait, elevating him as the first platinum honoree. Also announced was the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo George Strait Scholarship, which will be awarded annually, from 2013 forward, through the Show’s Educational Fund.
RODEOHOUSTON committed more than $2 million to its contestants in 2013.
The 2013 RODEOHOUSTON BP Super Series, an international, invitation-only rodeo, featured the world's top 40 cowboys and cowgirls in seven events
With the entire purse provided by RODEOHOUSTON, and no entry fees required by the contestants, rodeo athletes competed for a share of $1.68 million in prize money, and each event champion walked away from Reliant Stadium with at least $50,000, a RODEOHOUSTON trophy saddle and a champion buckle.
2013 RODEOHOUSTON BP Super Series Champions, with total money earned, are:
Tie-Down Roping: Fred Whitfield – Hockley, Texas – $57,200
- Bareback Riding: Tom McFarland – Bowie, Texas – $54,200
Team Roping: Justin Davis / Clay Cooper – Madisonville, Texas / Gardnerville, Nev. – $108,400
Saddle Bronc Riding: Wade Sundell – Boxholm, Iowa – $62,500
Steer Wrestling: K.C. Jones – Decatur, Texas – $53,950
- Barrel Racing: Nancy Hunter – Neola, Utah – $53,000
Bull Riding: JW Harris – Mullin, Texas – $56,300
The RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout®: North America’s Champions presented by Crown Royal was held Saturday, March 9, 2013. This groundbreaking, invitation-only, one-day event featured champion athletes from 10 of the best rodeos in the United States and Canada. Contestants competed in Bareback Riding, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding and Saddle Bronc Riding. With a total purse of $200,000, the Super Shootout is the richest one-day rodeo event in the world. Each champion earned $25,000 and a champion buckle.
2013 champions of the RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout, presented by Crown Royal, and the rodeos they represented, are:
HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW™
Bareback Riding: Casey Colletti, Cheyenne Frontier Days
Barrel Racing: Mary Walker, Cheyenne Frontier Days
Bull Riding: Wesley Silcox, Rodeo Austin
Saddle Bronc Riding: Cody Wright, RODEOHOUSTON
- Super Shootout Team Award: Cheyenne Frontier Days
This year’s livestock competitions and horse shows boasted 27,070 entries.
Eight of the junior market and School Art auction Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion sales set new records. The prices for the top winners were (* indicates new world’s records):
*Grand Champion Barrow, $200,000; *Reserve Grand Champion Barrow, $126,000
Grand Champion Pen of Broilers, $160,000; Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Broilers, $105,000
*Grand Champion Goat, $156,000; Reserve Grand Champion Goat, $100,000
*Grand Champion Lamb, $220,000; *Reserve Grand Champion Lamb, $136,000
Grand Champion Steer, $360,000; Reserve Grand Champion Steer, $210,000
Grand Champion Turkey, $110,000; *Reserve Grand Champion Turkey, $110,000
*Grand Champion Work of Art, $210,000; *Reserve Grand Champion Work of Art, $195,000
Junior auction sales totaled $9,993,721.
The junior auction totals (unaudited preliminary totals that do not include cash contributions and some purchase commitment amounts) included:
- Lamb and Goat: $2,017,071
School Art: $1,740,600
The Junior Commercial Steer Sale totaled $606,852.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Champion Wine Auction brought in $1,582,000, including a Show record price of $215,000 for the Grand Champion Best of Show, and a Show record price of $205,000 for the Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show.
The Ranching & Wildlife auction totaled $236,000.
ONLINE AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Show’s social media outlets have seen significant growth in followers.
- Facebook likes increased by 70,561, a 28.7 percent increase.
RODEOHOUSTON’s Twitter followers increased by 107.6 percent since Jan. 1, 2013, to currently more than 30,000.
The Harlem Shake dance video craze took the social media world by storm, and when RODEOHOUSTON created its own version, it, too, gave nation-wide exposure to the Show, with nearly 245,000 views in just two weeks. To watch, visit www.youtube.com/rodeohouston.
For the 2013 Show, a new website design and system launched in October 2012. Since the announcement of entertainers on Jan. 7, 2013, www.rodeohouston.com has had approximately 11.75 million page views.