Total 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attendance broke the 20-day attendance record with 2.48 million people. Paid RodeoHouston® attendance, with champion cowboys and cowgirls competing in the timeless Western tradition of rodeo plus superstar entertainers in concert in Reliant Stadium, reached a record 1.37 million.
"The visitor experience at the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was exceptional, thanks to the dedication and attention of our volunteers and staff," said Joel Cowley, Show president. "So many different facets of the Show - horse show, livestock show, rodeo, carnival, music, shopping and dining - provided a unique combination for family fun and created an overall success."
Following are highlights from the 2014 Show:
- RodeoHouston paid attendance reached a record 1,377,416 fans.
- Nine of the 2014 RodeoHouston performances landed in the list of the Show's top 20 paid Rodeo attendance records.
- Total attendance reached a record 2,485,721 visitors.
- The 2014 attendance number sets the 20-day total attendance record. The 2013 total attendance record of 2,506,238 visitors included a 21-day Show. (Total attendance also includes attendance for the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest.)
- The World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest entertained 249,332 people, Feb. 27 - March 1.
- RodeoHouston committed $2,104,100 to its contestants in 2014.
- The 2014 RodeoHouston BP Super Series, an international, invitation-only rodeo, featured the world's top 48 rodeo athletes in seven events.
- With the entire purse provided by RodeoHouston, rodeo athletes competed for a share of $1.68 million in prize money. Each event champion walked away from Reliant Stadium with at least $50,000.
- 2014 RodeoHouston BP Super Series Champions, with total money earned, are:
- Tie-Down Roping: Scott Kormos - Teague, Texas - $55,300
- Bareback Riding: Kaycee Feild - Spanish Fork, Utah - $57,150
- Team Roping: Erich Rogers / Cory Petska - Round Rock, Ariz. / Lexington, Okla. - $114,500
- Saddle Bronc Riding: Heith Demoss - Heflin, La. - $55,783
- Steer Wrestling: Olin Hannum - Malad, Idaho - $54,325
- Barrel Racing: Nancy Hunter - Neola, Utah - $55,000
- Bull Riding: Tyler Smith - Fruita, Colo. - $56,200
- The RodeoHouston Super Shootout®: North America's Champions, presented by Crown Royal, was held Sunday, March 23, 2014.
- This groundbreaking, invitation-only, one-day event featured champion athletes from eight of the best rodeos in the U.S. and Canada.
- Contestants competed in bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling, which was added this year.
- With a total purse of $250,000, the Super Shootout is among the richest one-day rodeo events in the world.
- Each champion earned $25,000. 2014 champions of the RodeoHouston Super Shootout, presented by Crown Royal, and the rodeos they represented, are:
- Bareback Riding: Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah - Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Fort Worth, Texas
- Barrel Racing: Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz. - Reno Rodeo, Reno, Nev.
- Bull Riding: JW Harris, Mullin, Texas - RodeoHouston
- Saddle Bronc Riding: Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa - RodeoHouston
- Steer Wrestling: Trevor Knowles, Mont Vernon, Ore. - San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, San Angelo, Texas
- Super Shootout Team Award: RodeoHouston
Houston Livestock Show™
- This year's livestock competitions and horse shows boasted 28,592 entries.
- Open Livestock Show entries were up 7 percent and Junior Show entries up 5 percent from 2013.
- Nine Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion junior market and school art auction lots set or matched world records. The prices for the top winners were (* indicates world record):
- Junior Market Barrow
- *Grand Champion Barrow, $204,400
- *Reserve Grand Champion Barrow, $127,000
- Junior Market Pen of Broilers
- Grand Champion Pen of Broilers, $165,000
- Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Broilers, $125,000
- Junior Market Goat
- *Grand Champion Goat, $160,000
- *Reserve Grand Champion Goat, $135,000
- Junior Market Lamb
- *Grand Champion Lamb, $250,000
- *Reserve Grand Champion Lamb, $140,000
- Junior Market Steer
- Grand Champion Steer, $400,000
- Reserve Grand Champion Steer, $210,000
- Junior Market Turkey
- Grand Champion Turkey, $115,000
- *Reserve Grand Champion Turkey, $140,000
- School Art
- *Grand Champion Work of Art, $210,000
- *Reserve Grand Champion Work of Art, $196,000
- Junior auction sales totaled a record $11,790,086.
- The junior auction totals (unaudited preliminary totals that do not include cash contributions and some purchase commitment amounts) were:
- Steer: $3,987,000
- Lamb and Goat: $2,255,236
- Barrow: $1,987,350
- Poultry: $1,642,750
- School Art: $1,917,750
- The Junior Commercial Steer Sale totaled $771,425.
- The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Champion Wine Auction brought in $1,702,175. The Grand Champion Best of Show set a Show record price of $230,000, and the Reserve Grand Champion Best of Show sold for $175,000.
- The Ranching & Wildlife Auction totaled $253,000.
- Calf scramble and judging contest winners received 410 certificates, each worth $1,750, for a total of $717,500. Calf scramble exhibitors from 2013 who returned to compete at the 2014 Houston Livestock Show™ received more than $100,000 in premiums and awards.
Scholarship and Education
- The Reba McEntire Scholarship honored country music icon Reba on her 26th RodeoHouston performance Thursday, March 6. Reba is only the second entertainer to have a scholarship named for her, following George Strait in 2013. The $18,000 scholarship will be given annually, from 2014 forward, through the Show's Educational Fund.
- The Leroy Shafer Scholarship, presented Saturday, March 22, 2014, honors the chief operating officer of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Shafer has dedicated his time and attention to the Show for more than 40 years.
- The Show committed more than $23 million in 2014.
- $12,418,000 in scholarships to be awarded this summer
- $525,400 in graduate assistantships
- $3,731,064 in educational program grants
- $6,388,000 for 2014 junior show exhibitors
More Fun Facts
- Thousands of visitors enjoyed the new Tour of Texas, including many first-time visitors to the state of Texas.
- Tour of Texas visitors surveyed named "gigantic" as the number one word used to describe Texas.
- Twenty calves, 23 lambs and 54 piglets were born in the Birthing Center.
- More than 475 chicks hatched.
- More than 60,135 people went on a scheduled school tour or field trip.
- Approximately 20,500 little cowboys and cowgirls rode the pony rides.
- More than 2.4 million total riders enjoyed the rides at the carnival.
- More than 1.5 million total players took their chances at the carnival games.
- More than 10,000 visitors rode the mechanical bull.
- Sixty-two 18-wheelers full of stuffed animals were awarded at the carnival.
- The La Grande Ferris Wheel took 75,000 carnival-goers on a ride.
- Fifty thousand visitors rode the carousel.
- The three most popular rides were the Sky Ride, Windstorm and Euroslide.
- The two most popular games were the One Ball and Mini Basketball.
- More than 2,120 kids competed in the tractor pull.
- Fun on the Farm hosted more than 115,000 little farmers.
- More than 269,000 online votes determined the top 20 contestants for the Rodeo Rockstar Contest, presented by Statoil.
- More than 22,000 people rode camels.
- Visitors consumed
- 70,000 pounds of potatoes
- 16,000 pounds of deep-fried pickles
- 55,000 pounds of barbecue and 42,580 of barbecue sandwiches
- 250,000 funnel cakes topped with 1.5 million strawberries
- 120,000 turkey legs
- 100 pounds of fried, chocolate-dipped bacon
- 10,000 cinnamon rolls
- one-and-a-half semi-trailer loads of deep-fried Twinkies
- Approximately 420 computers, laptops and kiosks were set up throughout the grounds.
- The Show ran 27,000 feet of copper and fiber network cable throughout Reliant Park.
- Live television broadcast on FOX Sports Southwest, March 19 – 23.
- Live radio broadcast on RFD-TV each night of the Show.
- Each day, two live streams of various Show activities and live rodeo competition each night.
- More than 8,000 pairs of cowboy boots and 7,000 cowboy hats were purchased.
- Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and entertainer merchandise sales reached a total of more than $3.6 million.
- More than 200,000 items with the Show's logo went home with fans, including 47,000 T-shirts.
- Total "likes" and followers for RodeoHouston:
- Facebook: 402,612
- Twitter: 60,981
- Instagram: 18,502
- New "likes" and followers, last seven months:
- Facebook: 82,649
- Twitter: 30,745
- Instagram: 12,125
- #RODEOHOUSTON Unplugged (new YouTube series www.youtube.com/RODEOHOUSTON)
- 36 videos
- 101,966 total views on all video content
- "Moves Like Jagger" - 27,944 total views
- Selena Gomez Meet & Tweet - 20,284 total views
- More than 640,000 visitors utilized the Rodeo Express and METRO Park and Ride locations, including more than 325,000 riding the METRORail.
For complete results and highlights, visit rodeohouston.com. Connect with the Show on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and YouTube: RODEOHOUSTON.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $350 million to the youth of Texas. Heritage Partners include Reliant, Ford, Miller Lite, Coca-Cola, BP America and Mattress Firm. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com. The 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is scheduled for March 3-22.