Rams saddle up for 88th stock show & rodeo

Students and faculty stampede into the fair for ASU Day

By Mbulelo Maqungo
On February 7, 2020

Photo by Cora Bishoppetty: A Cowgirl opens the rodeo by presenting the flag to the audience.

ASU students, staff and faculty on Feb. 1 filled the Foster Coliseum fairgrounds for ASU Day at the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo.

All members of the ASU communi­ty gained free admission to the fairgrounds when the midway opened at noon. Before that, the people of San Angelo lined the streets to watch the annual parade that marks the start of the fair. From the amusement rides to the signature eateries, the San Angelo community engaged in one of its more popu­lar traditions.

“I’ve been coming to the fair all my life,” junior Samantha Bird said. “When I was younger, watching the parade and getting all dressed up was the best part, but now, I just love enjoying the time with friends and fami­ly.”

Howard College student Kayla Low­rance said she was excited to bring her daugh­ter to the rodeo.

“This could be the earliest parade and rodeo my daughter Braelyn will remember, so it’s cool to see her doing the same things I did when I was her age,” she said.

According to their website, the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo began in 1932 with the goal of promoting communi­ty growth and agricultural education for the youth of Texas. From steer wrestling and bull riding to petting zoos, showing contests and cooking competitions, the annual event grew from a few West Texas community members into a showcase of talent and fun for people across the world.

“San Angelo’s rodeo has always had a different energy to it compared to others,” said Maverick Potter, who has nine years of bull riding experience. “This competition in particular is the definition of what I like about what I do.”

Dr. Brian May, ASU president, assist­ed with the roping events. May has been in­volved with the rodeo committee for over 25 years.

The stock show and rodeo gathered decorated competitors from all across the world for all events. Families like the Wright family from Milford, Utah, were present and put on a show for the audience.

“I didn’t get the results I wanted to­night, but this rodeo has always been a great one to me,” 21-year-old champion bronc rid­er Ryder Wright said. “I love the crowd.”

Wright currently holds the title of the youngest bronc riding champion in the world.

Stetson Wright, his younger brother, made his start at bronc riding similar to Ry­der and their accoladed father Cody Wright, but has found recent success in bull riding.

“My favorite part of all of this is be­ing here with my family,” he said. “We’ve all usually had good luck when it comes to San Angelo and it makes coming to Texas great.”

Amongst the hustle and bustle of rid­ers, their support teams, and fans can be found the hundreds of “Rodeo Nin­jas” who keep the show operating smoothly

Kevin “K.C.” Collins, assistant ASU tennis coach, has been organizing a diverse catchall group of volunteers and agricultural workers for the rodeo committee for over 24 years.

“If you’re marketing to everyone who already loves rodeos, you’re marketing to no one,” Collins said. “We want to make an event for people who haven’t been exposed to this kind of things. We add so many elements to diversify the show and, thanks to ASU being such a big part of San Angelo, we have the in­sight to make this something more than your grandfather’s rodeo.”

The festivities will continue at the Foster Coliseum and Fairgrounds until Sun­day, Feb. 16.

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