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Putting on a rodeo in the 21st century

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You might be used to watching old western movies with your grandparents, featuring cowboys “breaking” (also known as taming or domesticating) wild broncs or chasing and roping stray cattle back to their herd. It all may seem lost in the past to most people but, for some Americans, this is just their average Thursday. Rodeos in Florida, as well as …

Life as a Spurs kid: The awesome, the dirty, and the just-plain-different

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(This blog post was written by Aubreyann Grissom, a fourth-generation “Spurs kid”.) Can you think of a way that your parents bonded with you when you were younger? Was it watching one of your family’s favorite movies together? Or maybe you share a love for fishing? Well, when you are a Silver Spurs kid, “bonding” can take on a slightly different meaning. …

The history of tie-down roping: From ranch chore to rodeo event

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While bull riding’s beginnings originated from what some would call a dare, many of the modern rodeo events you see today have roots in ranching chores of the early days of the Wild West. Though time and technology have changed the landscape of the U.S. and much the rest of the world, the rodeo world sometimes seems unchanged. Many of the contestants …

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Kathy Baker explains the significance of Silver Spurs Rodeo what it means for future generations

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Whether you like it or not, time changes things. For better or for worse, change is subjective. For many longtime residents in Osceola County, traditions like the rodeo and ranching aren’t just hobbies; they’re a way of life. As many of you may know, the Silver Spurs Riding Club was founded by ranching families that had a passion for horsemanship and …

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Ham Brown shares his fondness for Silver Spurs Rodeo and what it takes to raise cattle

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Driving through some parts of Osceola County, away from the theme parks and shopping malls, you’ll see ranch land for miles that make up some of the country’s largest cattle operations, rodeo elements on the sidewalks in our historic downtown, and roads named after ranching families or influencers. While most people drive down Ham Brown Road to go home or to Horizon …

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The Lifetime Achievement Award: Celebrating Decades of Volunteerism

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Behind the fireworks, trophies and rodeo action, an army of volunteers puts on the show that has been putting smiles on faces in our community for over 70 years. From preparing the food for the concession stands to working the chutes gates and taking tickets at the box office, the volunteers of the Silver Spurs Rodeo do it all. Despite …

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Which past Silver Spurs champions have made it big?

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Each year, the Silver Spurs Rodeo welcomes competitors from across the country into the arena, giving locals a chance to see how some of them earned the title Rodeo Champion. However, Silver Spurs has certainly produced its own share of homegrown champs! From the heart of Osceola County all the way to Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo …

Why every Florida vacation should include a rodeo in Orlando

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In 2015, Florida became the first state to welcome more than 100 million out-of-state and international tourists, and according to our partners at Experience Kissimmee, over over 7 million visitors stay in Kissimmee annually. Between the beaches, theme parks, and all the other cool things you can do in Florida, it’s no surprise that Central Florida is a top U.S. destination …

The Coca-Cola Cowboy: Not your average cowboy

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Behind the fireworks, trophies and rodeo action, there is an army of volunteers putting on the show that has been bringing smiles to faces in our community for over 70 years. From preparing the food for the concession stands to working the chutes gates and taking tickets at the box office the volunteers of the Silver Spurs Rodeo do it …