By Phillip Kitts
Well, the 2018 rodeo season has reached the next phase, and with this next phase there will not be much influence on the world standings, but there are big changes in competitors’ pocketbooks.
As we have talked about previously, the winter months bring a slower time for rodeo. In years past January, February and March are months where a lot of competitors focus on healing up from injuries, enjoying down time with family, and planning out their assault on the highways of America.
Over the last few decades the rodeo industry has capitalized on large indoor venues that have the capabilities of hosting large scale rodeos while keeping fans and competitors away from the bitter temperatures and unforgiving weather. This move has birthed some of the biggest rodeos in the business. Places like Fort Worth and San Antonio, have developed multiple round rodeos that pay out enough money that a winning cowboy can set the conditions for his season and a bid to the Wrangler National Finals at the end of the year.
With great things there are always challenges. Throughout the last several years some rather large organizations have recognized the value in hosting large indoor rodeos during these winter months. Some of these rodeos such as Rodeo Houston and RFDTV The American have adopted new formats that many say are more exciting for fans.
Because these new formats fall outside of many sanctioning bodies’ rules, these rodeos are essentially non-sanctioned and fall into the category of an open rodeo. In some cases, individual events such as barrel racing may have a sanctioning body, but this only applies to that individual event.
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