I’ve enjoyed the privilege of reporting on the renowned Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo since 1985. At that time, Lewis Feild was working on winning the world all-around title.
Last weekend, I covered my 30th consecutive Stock Show Rodeo and there was Feild’s son, Kaycee, competing in the bareback riding finals.
When I work my 40th Stock Show in 2024, I hope the following changes will have been made:New arena:
But from this point on, a new arena needs to be a main focus in Fort Worth. Though the city has a famous equestrian center with great stalls and exhibit halls, the Will Rogers Memorial Complex desperately needs a state-of-the-art rodeo arena. By comparison, the San Antonio Stock Show currently is conducting its annual pro rodeo in AT&T Center, the same venue that hosts the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.
This year, the Fort Worth committee brilliantly moved in the right direction when they conducted the Super Shootout Rodeo, a one-day show on Jan. 23 that offered $100,000. Each event winner received $10,000. The rodeo featured big-name competitors such as three-time world champion Kaycee Feild, who won the bareback riding title.
Hopefully, that was the start of a series of innovative changes. And hopefully, in 10 years, fans will sit in a new arena watching more accomplished competitors ride for bigger bucks every night.
The American update
Six-time world champion Cody Ohl of Hico, who won the second round of tie-down roping at the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo with a blistering time of 7.6 seconds, also is scheduled to compete in the RFD-TV’s The American, a $2-million, single-performance rodeo set for March 2 at AT&T Stadium. After placing at the Fort Worth rodeo, he’s ranked No. 1 in the PRCA’s 2014 world standings.
On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, Valdiron de Oliveira, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, earned $40,500 after winning last weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Anaheim, Calif. The tour also stops at AT&T Stadium on March 1.