Committees

107 Committees

Agricultural Mechanics

Members are primarily responsible for the Agricultural Mechanics Contest, assisting with setup, judging and actual operation of the competition. Additionally, the State FFA Tractor Technician Contest is handled by this committee.

All Breeds Livestock Sales

This committee assists with purebred cattle, and the range bull and commercial heifer sales. Committee members receive consignments for the sale, print sale orders and clerk the sales in their entirety.

Area Go Texan

This committee promotes the Show in surrounding counties through a variety of activities. Each county focuses on increasing ticket sales and Show participation from its area. A Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Area Go Texan Scholarship is awarded to a qualified, outstanding student representing each Area Go Texan county.

Armed Forces Appreciation

Members of the Armed Forces Appreciation Committee serve as liaisons between the Show and U.S. military branches to plan and execute the Armed Forces Appreciation Day during each year’s Show. This committee also coordinates First Responders Day, which honors various public law enforcement, firefighters, EMS and other emergency services agencies in the Houston Metropolitan Area.

Asset Distribution

The Asset Distribution Committee processes Show-approved requests for golf carts, utility vehicles, ATVs and courtesy vehicles, and manages the distribution of these assets.

Auctions Assistance

Members of the Auctions Assistance Committee assist in activities necessary to efficiently facilitate Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo auctions. Duties include collection of forms at auction committee turn in meetings, data processing, bidder registration and additional administrative tasks.

Black Heritage

The purpose of this committee is to promote the Show in the African-American community through awareness and participation while highlighting the pioneer and Western heritage of black individuals in Houston and throughout the state. Members' efforts help provide funds for college scholarships while celebrating Black Heritage Day annually on the grounds during the Show.

Breeders Greeters

Volunteers on this committee are responsible for greeting all livestock show exhibitors and assisting them in obtaining stall assignments and animal health clearances. Committee members assist exhibitors with traffic flow as well. Additionally, they maintain an information booth and assist in the organization, traffic control and operation of swine, lamb and poultry pre-judging.

Calf Scramble Arena

The committee plans and organizes the actual scramble event held at each Rodeo performance. Committee members instruct contestants, escort them to the arena and assist with captured calves, as well as keep arena records.

Calf Scramble Donors

This committee is responsible for obtaining and hosting all calf scramble donors. These committee members also plan and conduct the scramble awards banquet.

Calf Scramble Greeters

This committee is responsible for the Calf Scramble Heifer and Steer Shows during the Show, as well as the Annual Progress Show. Members are assigned two to three scramble winners to mentor throughout the year. This committee aids scramblers during the Show with stalling, check-in and show questions. Finally, members judge the scramblers’ end of year projects.

Carnival Ticket Sales

This committee is responsible for pre-selling half-price carnival packs, discounted food cards and admission tickets. Members also solicit donations to purchase carnival and admission tickets for worthy individuals, as well as donations to the Show's Educational Fund.

Commercial Exhibits

Members of this committee greet and work with commercial exhibitors at all inside and outside venues where exhibitors are located. They monitor all contractual requirements, audit exhibitors working on a percentage basis, and assist vendors and Show management with a variety of exhibitor-related matters.

Communications & Special Services

Members of this committee help publicize the Show. They photograph calf scramble participants and judging contest winners. They also conduct on-site surveys to provide entertainer preference information and audience demographics.

Corporate Development

Members of this committee are responsible for seeking and renewing financial support from the corporate community to fund four-year scholarships. Members also obtain financial commitments for sponsorships and to underwrite specific Show-related educational programs.

Corral Club

Committee members are responsible for the operation of all Corral Club facilities during the Show, including setup, inventory control, equipment maintenance and enforcement of the Show's responsible alcohol management program. Additionally, their duties include acting as hosts during some official functions.

DIVISION I
  • At Large
  • Auctions & Receptions
  • Beverage Services
  • Equipment
  • Support
  • Ticket Sales
DIVISION II
  • Committeemen's Club
  • The Hideout
  • Main Club
  • Stockman's Club
DIVISION III
  • The Cantina
  • Chairman's Club
  • Chute Club
  • Club Level East
  • Club Level West
  • Directors' Club
  • Sky Suites
  • Suites East
  • Suites West

Directions & Assistance

The Directions & Assistance Committee is responsible for assisting attendees and exhibitors with information and directions around the Show grounds. They also are responsible for the care of lost children, for the operation of the lost and found room, and distribution of the Show's Visitors Guide and RodeoHouston® Day Sheets.

Equipment Acquisition

Members of this committee are responsible for securing much of the equipment needed for the successful operation of the livestock show and rodeo, World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, and Downtown Rodeo Parade.

Events & Functions

During the Show, this committee coordinates the services for numerous Show events, functions and meetings. Members supervise room setup, beverage and food service, sound requirements, and any other activities necessary for a successful event or function.

Facility Services

The Facility Services Committee supervises cleaning staff and contractors to maintain the Show grounds, including the livestock show, horse show and carnival, helping to ensure clean facilities and grounds for the public and exhibitors.

Feed Store

Members of this committee are responsible for the management and operations of the Show's feed store. They sell animal feed and other supplies to livestock and horse show exhibitors and rodeo contestants, providing quality service and delivery.

Gatekeepers

The primary purpose of the Gatekeepers Committee is to ensure proper entrance of patrons who are visiting the Show. Other responsibilities include a combination of hospitality and verifying access through the entry gates.

Go Tejano

This committee increases awareness of the Show through special functions held throughout the year and targeted toward the Hispanic community. Members' efforts help create awareness of scholarship availability and help provide funds for college scholarships as well. This committee also assists Show management in researching potential Hispanic entertainers to perform at the Rodeo while celebrating Go Tejano Day annually on the grounds during the Show.

Go Texan Contests

Members of this committee are responsible for all phases of each Go Texan contest (horseshoe pitching, washer pitching, ranch sorting, dominoes and quilts). Committee members handle registration, contest operation, judges and prizes.

Grand Entry

This committee assists with grand entry procedures, requirements and activities. Members help with participant releases, passes, escorts to the Rodeo arena, and horse and rider placement.

Graphics & Signage

Members of this committee are responsible for preparing signs for functions held year-round and during the Show.

Health

This committee is composed of area doctors and nurses who provide complimentary health services to junior show exhibitors during the Show.

Horse Show

Members of the Horse Show committees are directly responsible for the physical arrangement of the shows. They assist with the setup of barrels, poles, jumps and obstacles; check in each exhibitor at the arena gate; and ensure that all trophies and ribbons are ready for presentation at the conclusion of each class. They maintain an exhibitor hospitality room during their respective shows. Each committee volunteer is involved in raising funds for prize money and awards given during the show.

  • Cutting Horse
  • Donkey and Mule
  • Paint Horse
  • Quarter Horse
  • World Shows
  • Youth Horse

Horse Show Equipment
This committee is composed of individuals certified to operate and maintain heavy equipment. Their work begins days before the Show as they assist staff to meet the deadlines of show setup. During the Show, they maintain the arena and set up barrels, poles, jumps, obstacles and timing equipment.

Horspitality
This committee is responsible for greeting horse show exhibitors, assisting with animal unloading and stalling, and handling exhibitor needs occurring in the horse stall area.

Ranch Rodeo
This committee coordinates all details pertaining to the Ranch Rodeo, including equipment, setup, livestock and entry organization. The Ranch Rodeo is a two-night, invitation-only event. The top teams from counties contiguous to Harris County are showcased, then some of the largest ranches in West Texas compete.

Team Penning & Ranch Sorting
This committee is responsible for coordinating the equipment, livestock and participants in the United States Team Penning Association-sanctioned Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Team Penning. This event is open to all USTPA members.

Horticulture

Members of this committee support the competitive and educational components of the horticulture program. The committee supports the program by assisting with the operations of the contests and hosting the educational exhibits.

Houston General Go Texan

This committee works within the Houston area to heighten awareness of the Show by distributing promotional material to local businesses. Additional fundraisers held annually help the Show's financial and educational goals.

Houston Metro Go Texan

This committee is responsible for increasing awareness of the Show through special Go Texan functions. Representatives from Harris, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties make up this group. These areas, through pre-Show activities, provide a large part of the money for some of the four-year Metropolitan scholarships awarded by the Show. Subcommittees hold dances, style shows, cook-offs and golf tournaments, as well as other events, to publicize the Show.

Information Services

This committee's goal is to augment the Show's Information Systems Division in its effort to implement, enhance, and maintain processes and services for committees and the organization. It provides comprehensive logistical support, training and support resources for the Show. The committee also assists in the introduction of new technologies to help streamline business processes and save on hardware acquisition and system maintenance.

International

Committee members organize and conduct activities for international visitors during International Days, as well as furnish interpreters for guests. The committee members travel, at their own expense, to various livestock functions in several foreign countries, creating good will and establishing an international interest in Show activities.

Jr. Rodeo

The purpose of this committee is to allow younger members an opportunity to serve the community and be an important part of the Show's contributions to agriculture, education, entertainment and Western heritage. Membership in the Jr. Rodeo Committee includes young people who are between the ages of 17 and 20. Members contribute to the Show's continued success by serving on existing committees (through work assignments gathered, managed and coordinated by JRC) and mentored by current Show volunteers and adult members of JRC.

Judging Contest

Members of this committee support the intercollegiate livestock, intercollegiate wool and mohair, intercollegiate meat, 4-H/FFA livestock, 4-H/FFA dairy judging, 4-H/FFA horse, 4-H/FFA floriculture, 4-H/FFA nursery landscape, 4-H/FFA wool, plant I.D., poultry judging, wildlife habitat, food challenge and veterinarian skillathon contests. The committee supports these contests through fundraising, hospitality and awards, and assists the superintendents in the operations of the contests.

Junior Commercial Steer Feeding and Management Contest

This committee organizes and conducts the commercial steer competition, including the coordination of all phases of the feeding records contest and the awards banquet.

Ladies' Go Texan

Members serve as Show ambassadors in several educational exhibits throughout the Show grounds. This committee also assists in community promotional activities by coordinating and arranging for the distribution of promotional materials to area schools, hospitals and parades.

Lamb & Goat Auction

The committee is responsible for pre-selling all ribbon-winning junior market lambs and goats at a floor price above current market prices. Lamb & Goat Auction Committee members also organize and conduct a pre-sale party and assist with the auction.

Legal Advisory

Members of the Legal Advisory Committee advise the officers and management in Show legal matters.

Lifetime Vice Presidents

Composed of past Show officers, this committee works to further Show goals and purposes including attending Go Texan functions, serving as Louis M. Pearce Jr. Board Dining Room hosts and hosting the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship Banquet. Additional duties are to conduct special studies for assigned projects and to make recommendations at the request of the Show president. This group also may serve as a source of advice and counsel.

Livestock

This committee organizes and coordinates all phases of herdsmen's awards, provides transportation and hospitality to official livestock show judges, assists in the judging arena, and helps with pedestrian and animal traffic control around the judging arenas.

Llama and Alpaca

This committee is responsible for conducting the llama and alpaca shows at the Houston Livestock Show. Committee members also solicit premium money donations.

Magazine

This committee is responsible for the quarterly publication of "Bowlegged H" MAGAZINE, which is distributed to all Show members, and is available via the Show's website. Members conduct interviews, write and edit articles, take and select photographs, and assist in the design and layout of each issue.

Membership

This committee promotes the Show through the sale of Show life memberships and new annual memberships to interested individuals. Committee members also staff the membership information booth and assist in the membership office.

Mutton Bustin'

Committee members coordinate the exciting Mutton Bustin' events in NRG Stadium and The Junction outdoor area.

Parade

This committee is responsible for organizing and positioning participants for the annual Downtown Rodeo Parade. They work closely with city officials, establish the parade route and provide parade marshals along the route.

Poultry Auction

This committee is responsible for securing purchase commitments from buyers for all broilers and turkeys that earn a spot in the poultry auction above the Show guarantee. Additionally, the committee sells poultry purchase orders, organizes the Poultry Auction Breakfast and assists with the Junior Market Poultry Auction.

Premium Seating

The Premium Seating Committee provides Show-directed customer service for RodeoHouston® premium ticket purchasers for the Entertainment Suites on levels 3 and 8 as well as the Chairman’s Club. Premium Seating Committee works with the Show and other committees to provide a concierge service for all patrons during each night of the Show.

Rabbit

This committee organizes and conducts the rabbit show, obtains trophy donors and sets up the Show facilities. Committee members also help with record keeping and the operation of the show, including receiving and cooping rabbits and assisting the judge.

Ranching & Wildlife

Members of this committee plan and execute the Ranching & Wildlife Expo, which includes a trade show and educational seminars relating to the ranching and wildlife industries. Members also host the Ranching & Wildlife Auction, with auction lots primarily consisting of hunting, fishing and bird-watching trips, wildlife equipment, and wildlife artwork. This committee also hosts two youth competitions — Young Guns Clay Shoot and the 4-H and FFA Poster Board Contest.

Recycling

The Recycling Committee handles the Show’s extensive recycling program. Committee members recycle cardboard, plastic and aluminum, resulting in thousands of pounds of recycled products, keeping these items out of landfills.

Rodeo Contestant Services

This committee is responsible for greeting rodeo contestants and monitoring the contestant gate. Additionally, the committee assists the contestants with stalling their animals and parking their trailers.

Rodeo Express

This committee assists in the smooth flow of bus and light rail traffic at NRG Park and at off-site parking locations. Committee members monitor and direct bus traffic and guide passengers to their appropriate buses.

Rodeo Merchandise

Members promote and raise awareness of the Show through the sale and distribution of merchandise bearing the Show's logos. The committee contributes product ideas, identifies sales venues and works with other committees to fill any needs for logo products. Members staff the Show merchandise booths during the event's entire run.

Rodeo Operations

Members of this committee work closely with the Buildings and Grounds Department in the setup, operation and teardown of NRG Park buildings and grounds.

RodeoHouston® Sports Medicine

The RodeoHouston Sports Medicine Committee consists of a team of specialized medical professionals responsible for the treatment, health and well-being of RodeoHouston athletes.

Safety

This committee is responsible for providing medical care for Show guests and assisting in crowd control. Members also serve as a liaison between the Show and the Houston Fire Department, and assist in management and operation of various first aid stations and mobile units.

Scholarship Administration

Members of the Scholarship Administration Committee assist in activities necessary to efficiently facilitate the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship application process. Duties include assistance in processing and verifying scholarship applications, scholarship judging, working the annual scholarship banquet and scholar night, and additional administrative tasks.

School Art

This committee coordinates and supervises the School Art Program, stimulating interest in Western art and in Show activities through artistic competition by area students. Members organize judging, set up the Hayloft Gallery for display of winning entries and conduct the awards program for participating students.

School Art Auction

This committee is responsible for pre-selling winning student artwork. They also are responsible for the School Art Auction, distribution of grand champion prints to pre-sale buyers, and planning and conducting the buyer and pre-auction parties.

Sheep & Goat

This committee is responsible for greeting and working with breeding sheep, dairy goat and market goat exhibitors during each year's Show, and assisting the superintendents in the judging rings to coordinate individual class competition.

Souvenir Program

This committee is responsible for selling all advertising space in the RodeoHouston® Souvenir Program. Members also obtain donations that directly support the Show's educational programs. They supervise and assist FFA and 4-H members who sell the programs to the public as well.

Speakers

This committee is responsible for contacting business groups, service clubs, area schools and other interested organizations to offer speaker services to their members to promote interest in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and share information regarding agriculture, education, entertainment, and Western heritage. The committee also hosts Rookie Boot Camp annually, providing information on the history, purpose and different aspects of the Show for new volunteers.

Special Attractions

This committee supports the setup and operation of attractions such as the petting zoos, pig races, the birthing center, the children's educational area and various public entertainment areas throughout the grounds. They are an important liaison between vendors, staff and the general public during Show operation.

Special Children's

This committee is responsible for interviewing social service agencies and schools so that physically/developmentally challenged children and adults can attend the Show. This committee also is responsible for conducting the Lil' Rustlers Rodeo event and the Top Hands Horse Show.

Steer Auction

This committee is responsible for pre-selling all winning steers at a floor price above current market prices. Members also organize and conduct the Hide Party honoring the previous year's champion buyers and the pre-sale breakfast for prospective buyers. They also assist with the junior market steer auction.

Swine Auction

This committee is responsible for collecting purchase commitments for Junior Market Barrow Show exhibitors whom make the auction. Swine Auction Committee members plan and conduct a pre-sale party honoring the previous year’s champion buyers and the pre-auction day breakfast for prospective buyers. Along with this, committee members also assist with the Junior Market Barrow Show and Auction.

Ticket Services

The Ticket Services Committee is responsible for customer service and sales of NRG Park Admission tickets and on-site carnival tickets during the Show. Individuals sell tickets out of the log cabins and ticket booths throughout NRG Park and help with fulfillment of special ticket promotions.

Tours

This education-based committee offers tours for groups visiting the Show, including international guests, school children, corporations and dignitaries. The Tours Committee educates children and adults alike on the importance of the role of agriculture in Texas's economy through the AGventure tours. Committee members guide tours in NRG Arena, NRG Center, and the outdoor areas like The Junction and the carnival, as well as give directions and assistance to field trip groups attending the Show.

Trail Ride

This group is responsible for communicating with the trail rides that travel into Houston for the Downtown Rodeo Parade. Committee members coordinate with trail ride bosses concerning rules, regulations and proposed events, and work with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department in the positioning of the trail rides in Memorial Park.

Trailblazer

The Trailblazer Committee hosts the annual Trailblazer Honoree Luncheon and Fashion Show, which recognizes outstanding female volunteers of the Show, and Ladies' Night Out, a legendary event where guests are indulged with food, fun and entertainment during the Show in the Chairman's Club. The Trailblazers are committed to promoting literacy through Rodeo ROPES (Reading Opens the Path to Education Success), by collecting and distributing books to low-income, elementary school-aged children.

Transportation

The Transportation Committee serves the Show by handling the transportation needs of Show patrons and guests within the grounds of NRG Park safely. The committee provides transportation services utilizing carts, automobiles and trams. It also handles special transportation accommodations for special guests of the Show. The committee duties include daytime as well as late night shifts.

Veterinarian

This committee is responsible for working with the residue avoidance program, designed to ensure quality meat products and drug-free animal entries.

Western Art

The efforts of this committee are focused on bringing important memorabilia and Western art, including monumental bronzes, to Show offices and facilities. Additionally, the committee archives Show history, along with Western art, for display during the annual event.

Western Heritage Community Challenge

Members strive to increase community awareness and corporate support for the Show by transforming the city into a celebration of Western heritage. Committee members encourage corporations to promote Western dress among their employees and to plan company-wide activities celebrating Texas traditions.

Wine Competition

Wine Competition Committee members are responsible for the planning and execution of the Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition.

Wine Garden

Wine Garden Committee members host and manage the operation of the Wine Garden during the run of the Show.

Wine Sales and Events

Members of the Wine Sales and Events Committee are responsible for selling and executing all Rodeo Uncorked! events, including Roundup and Best Bites Competition, Champion Wine Auction and Dinner and the Club of Champions Buyers Dinner. The committee also is responsible for the packaging and distribution of Double Barrel Sampler Cases and supports all wine events through marketing and communication.

Winery Relations

Members of the Winery Relations Committee coordinate all activities related to the wineries. This committee leads the effort to gather entries and facilitates the judging for the International Wine Competition, and prepares wine for the Roundup and Best Bites Competition and Champion Wine Auction.

World's Championship Bar-B-Que

This committee organizes, promotes and conducts the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. Their duties include team relations, meat judging, food service to the public and publicity.