THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW & RODEO SPRING 2O18 With each passing year, the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo earns a more storied place in the hearts and minds of the more than 1.2 million guests that attend the city’s signature annual event. What draws the first-timer to the Stock Show is likely the same thing that keeps the old-timers coming back year-after-year. It’s something that’s genuine and real. It’s not ostentatious, flaunting or even funky; but true-to-life and grounded in what makes Fort Worth and Texas the most special spot on earth. It’s a place where you can have fun and forget about life’s complexities. Where you can be a kid again or show your own children or grandchildren where to find the real cowboys in the City of Cowboys and Culture. The Stock Show’s popularity extends far beyond Tarrant County. FFA and 4-H youth from 241 of Texas’ 254 counties made the trip to the Will Rogers Memorial Center in 2018 to show 15,243 animals – a record. Throw in the open exhibitors representing 43 states and three Canadian provinces and the number of livestock entered swelled Keeping it real with BUCK, SWEAT & STEERS IN THIS ISSUE: • Specialty Rodeos: pages 2-3 • PRCA Rodeo: pages 4-5 • Investing In Tomorrow’s Leaders: page 7 • Rodeo Wall Redo: page 8 to an all-time high of 33,587. Clearly, a Fort Worth Stock Show title is coveted. Rodeo competitors also thrive on making their mark in the iconic Will Rogers Coliseum. Besides the old-school buckle they’ll sport, event champions of the World’s Original Indoor Rodeo were surprised with an added $5,000 cash bonus on top of what was already a record payout. It was almost all the Buck, Sweat & Steers any one person could handle. So turn the following pages and see some of what made the 122nd edition of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, truly legendary.