Major rodeos go indoors

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Indoor rodeos are very common these days. But when the Fort Worth Stock Show’s Rodeo organizing committee opted to hold the world’s first indoor rodeo inside Cowtown Coliseum in the Fort Worth Stockyards 100 years ago, it was a big deal.

At that time in 1918, organized rodeo was still in its infancy. For example, the West Texas community of Pecos, which claims to have held the first organized rodeo, conducted its first edition in 1883. It remains an outdoor venue.

The potential problem that every outdoor rodeo committee faces is potential adverse weather that would diminish the quality of the rodeo. Today, the Fort Worth organizing committee conducts the Stock Show Rodeo in January and February inside Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum and weather is not a factor.

When defending world all-around champion cowboy Tuf Cooper backs into the roping box at the Fort Worth rodeo, it doesn’t matter whether his stiffest competition saddles up to rope on a warm and sunny winter day but he’s up on a nasty, frigid day.

Cooper, of Decatur, is the 2017 tie-down roping champion at the Stock Show’s traditional PRCA show, which runs 16 days and 29 performances. He said he takes comfort in knowing weather is never a factor.

“When you have 29 performances, when it’s that long, mother nature can come in and do a lot of different things, especially in North Texas,” Cooper said. “So, it’s very nice to be indoors and to know that I can show up at any one of the 29 performances and have the same chance on any day.”

Unlike pro football that’s mostly outdoors, the entire field of rodeo competitors usually are not all scheduled to compete on the same day. With that in mind, indoor venues allow everyone who is entered in the rodeo to compete under the same conditions no matter which performance they are scheduled.

Tim Lanier, the general manager at Fort Worth’s Cowtown Coliseum, said the decision to hold a rodeo indoors has been revolutionary. “It was important for Fort Worth to be the first [to host an indoor rodeo], but it was more important for rodeo because it leveled the playing field,” Lanier said. “You have fairer competition, not depending on which day you were up because the conditions were the same for everyone.”


On the PBR’s 25th PBR: Unleash the Beast stop in Greensboro, Kaique Pacheco, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, finished third and padded his commanding world title race lead.

Pacheco earned 340 world points and leads the world title race with 5,246.66 points. Claudio Montanha Jr., another Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is second with 3,313.33.

Pacheco earned $13,470 in prize money in Greensboro, which pushed his season earnings to $512,244.62. Pacheco is the seventh rider on the PBR circuit to surpass the $500,000 earnings mark before the World Finals and is the first premier series rider to accomplish the feat since Joao Ricardo Vieira in 2015.

Matt Triplett clinched the title in Greensboro. He earned 555 world points and catapulted from 23rd to 15th in the PBR world standings.

This weekend, the PBR’s top tier tour stops in Nampa, Idaho. The 25th annual World Finals is Nov. 7-11 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.


At the Oct. 6-13 All American ProRodeo Finals in Waco, Tyson Durfey of Weatherford, the PRCA’s 2016 tie-down roping champion, clinched the tie-down roping title with a final round time of 8.6 seconds.

Other winners were steer wrestler Scott Guenthner (4.1 seconds), team ropers Billy Bob Brown and Hunter Koch (4.8 seconds), saddle bronc rider Chase Brooks (89 points), barrel racer Ivy Conrado (15.99 seconds), bull rider Parker Breding (87 points) and bareback rider Jamie Howlett (86 points).

Howlett and Bill Tutor each had 86-point rides in the finals, but Howlett was awarded the crown because he had an 82-point ride in the semifinals.


At the Oct. 11-13 West Texas A&M Rodeo in Amarillo, Clarendon College clinched the men’s team title after earning 445 points. Weatherford College finished second with 440.

Clarendon College received tremendous help from Tegan Smith who clinched the saddle bronc riding and bull riding titles.

In the women’s team race, Tarleton State clinched the title with 455 points. South Plains College finished second with 130. Western Texas and Texas Tech tied for third with 120 points.

The West Texas A&M Rodeo was the third of 10 regional rodeos scheduled for the 2018-2019 regular season. The Texas Tech Rodeo, which will be fifth regular season rodeo, is scheduled for Oct. 25-27 in Lubbock.

After the first four rodeos of the regular season, Clarendon College is atop the Southwest Region men’s team title race. Tarleton State leads the regional women’s team race.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades. Email him at

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