Today, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced its plans for the 2021 Rodeo. Originally scheduled for March 2 – 21, RODEOHOUSTON® competitions, concerts and entertainment, carnival and other attractions and activities are now scheduled for May 4 – 23, 2021, pending COVID-19 health status. The Junior Livestock and Horse Show competitions will still be held in March, as previously announced.
Pre-Rodeo events, typically held in January and February, are scheduled to move as well to coincide with the May Rodeo. These events include the Downtown Rodeo Parade, Rodeo Run, Trail Ride activities, the Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup & Best Bites Competition, and the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. Details for these events will be announced once available.
“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is truly a community event that Rodeo fans look forward to each and every year,” said Chris Boleman, Rodeo president and CEO. “With the evolving health situation, we have made the decision to move the 2021 Rodeo from March to May, with the exception of our Junior Livestock and Horse Show competitions, to be held as planned in March. We remain dedicated to fulfilling our mission to support Texas youth and hosting a long-time Houston tradition.”
There are no guarantees in the current environment but moving the dates of the 2021 Rodeo out by two months provides a better opportunity to host the events. Additional details surrounding the 2021 Rodeo will be shared by early March, as well as the full health and safety guidelines.
Today, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced its modified plans to host the 2021 Horse Show. In order to safely host these competitions and follow the health and safety guidelines, this year’s Horse Show will be focused on the NCHA Cutting Horse Show, Ranch Horse Competition, Ranch Sorting, Quarter Horse and All Breed Speed Events, Quarter Horse and All Breed Roping Events, Paint Horse Show, Donkey and Mule Show and the All Breed Youth Horse Show. The Horse Show will forgo the Ranch Rodeo and Cowboy Mounted Shooting events in 2021.
2021 Horse Show Schedule
Additional plans for the 2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, including RODEOHOUSTON® competitions, concerts and entertainment, carnival, and other attractions and activities will be announced at a later date, as well as the full health and safety guidelines.
Since June, Rodeo staff and volunteers have been working on several task forces regarding 2021 planning. In particular, the Health and Well-Being Task Force has been focused on developing, reviewing and recommending Rodeo policies and procedures related to the health and wellness of our community, guests, volunteers, exhibitors, vendors, partners, athletes and staff. Members include local health officials, medical and veterinary experts, NRG Park and Rodeo leadership, among others.
We have been working closely with medical experts and local officials on planning the 2021 Rodeo.
We will also engage a group of key community stakeholders, with representation from the public and private sector, and local community leaders across multiple industries, to garner their input and perspectives on key issues that could impact the 2021 Rodeo.
Through Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation and NRG Park, CAA ICON distributed a survey to fans and ticket buyers with more than 6,600 responses, with 4,400 of those from Rodeo fans. Additionally, a survey was sent to NRG Park employees. These survey results, coupled with our continued partnership with medical experts and local officials, will help influence and guide the health and safety measures for the 2021 Rodeo.
Our #StaySafeForRodeo Pledge encourages the community to do their part: wear a mask, continue to social distance, and follow local, state and national health officials’ guidelines.
Specific health and safety guidelines for the 2021 Rodeo will be posted as soon as they are finalized. Please continue to check back for ongoing updates.