No. 5 Kids at the Livestock Show from across Texas
In 1931, a group of seven men met at a downtown Houston hotel to plan the Houston Fat Stock Show. In 1932, the first show was held at the Democratic Convention Hall.
With the original goal of promoting the cattle industry across the Texas Gulf Coast, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ has grown into one of the leading agricultural expositions in the world. This spring, the Show will host more than 31,000 livestock and horse show entries.
World’s Largest Livestock Show
The Houston Livestock Show™ is the place exhibitors go to compete with the best of the best. Thousands of cattle, sheep, swine, lambs and goats, will step out on to the green shavings in NRG Center to compete in prestigious open and junior show competitions, all vying for coveted championship titles.
Youth from across the state of Texas travel near and far to Houston, with top-notch livestock in tow to compete at the world’s largest livestock show. Texas 4-H and FFA exhibitors — between the ages of 9 and 18 — work year-round preparing for competitions in the breeding, market and dairy divisions. Livestock Show competitions begin daily at 8 a.m. in NRG Center.
World-Class Horse Show
At NRG Arena, the Horse Show features highly-respected breed shows and cutting competitions, along with American Quarter Horse Association World Championship shows and traditional ranch rodeo competitions. Open to both juniors and adults, the 2017 Horse Show is expected to bring in more than 5,000 entries.
During the Show, watch as cowboys and cowgirls perform traditional ranch chores in a competition format, racing against the clock in the Ranch Rodeo. A fan favorite, the Ranch Rodeo is the precursor to modern rodeo competitions like the ones offered during RᴏᴅᴇᴏHᴏᴜsᴛᴏɴ®. Horse Show competitions begin daily at 8 a.m. in NRG Arena.
Supporting Texas Youth
Both the livestock and horse shows are committed to supporting Texas youth through educational scholarships and funding. In fact, the Houston Livestock Show supports four junior market auctions for lamb and goat, barrow, steer, and poultry exhibitors. Auction committees work hard to ensure that all exhibitors who qualify for the auctions receive above-market prices for their junior market animals.
However, top-placing junior market exhibitors are not the only ones who benefit from the auctions. Junior market exhibitors are guaranteed to walk away with a certain amount from the auction, but when generous buyers purchase animals for higher than the guaranteed minimum, the remaining funds go to support the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund, which provides scholarships and educational programs for the youth of Texas.