Silver Spurs Rodeo Blog

How the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund helps our rodeo contestants

Justin Cowboy Crisis
While all sports put athletes at some risk, when you include 1,200 pound animals, who (for some) you’ve had no previous experience with, the risk of injury rises. In fact, rodeo is actually considered the most dangerous sport,  causing one and a half times more injuries than boxing, 10 times more than football and 13 times more than ice hockey. But unlike most professional sports, rodeo competitors don’t receive a yearly salary by signing a contract. They earn their money through competing in PRCA sanctioned rodeos throughout

The Role and Responsibilities of Rodeo Clowns and Barrelmen

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When most people attend a rodeo, they’re expecting to see cowboys in ten-gallon hats, broncs, and bucking bulls. So you can imagine their look of surprise when they see a clown, complete with an oversized costume and a painted face, on the dirt. This clown isn’t lost, though – he’s right where he’s needed! These “clowns” are either referred to as rodeo clowns or barrelmen, and they play a very important role during each performance. Typically, rodeo clowns are strictly focused on

Meet the REAL Kowboy Jake: Pete Clemons

Kowboy Jake
Walking through downtown Kissimmee, it’s easy to spot the influence that ranching and the sport of rodeo have on this old kowtown. From the mini cowboy boots inlaid on the sidewalks to pictures of a cowboy riding a bronc built into the lamp posts, it’s safe to say that Kissimmee and Osceola County hold their cowboys in high esteem. In May, more than 600 seniors graduated from Osceola High School after spending years at sporting events, and pep rallies alongside

22 Words You Should Know for your First Rodeo

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Each year during rodeo season there are hundreds of questions that swarm our inboxes. From ticket prices to very specific questions about individual rodeo events – we’ve heard it all. So if you’re one of the many people that have questions and are just too shy to ask, here’s a cheat sheet of 22 words you should know before your first rodeo! Breaking the barrier: In the timed events, if the roper or steer wrestler leaves the box too soon –

So, What Are All These Rodeos in Kissimmee?

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[This blog was updated on August 13th, 2019 to reflect the 2019-2020 rodeo schedule.] One of rodeo’s biggest myths? Once you’ve been to one, you’ve been to them all. Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent attendee, you never really know what to expect at rodeos in Kissimmee, which is part of the reason why so many are held here in good ol’ Osceola County! That being said, we understand that keeping all of these different rodeos straight can be

9 Things You Can Do at a Rodeo that You Can’t Do at a Theme Park

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From sneaking in selfie sticks to stuffing your socks to hit the height requirements for rides, there sure are a lot of rules to follow at theme parks. In this blog, we’re going to break down nine things you can do at a rodeo that you can’t do at a theme park. 1. An action-packed event for ALL ages At a theme park, there are rides and activities that often have certain height and age requirements. But at the rodeo,

Cowboy Essentials: What Equipment Do Rough Stock Cowboys Bring to Rodeos?

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Why do they call Kissimmee Kowtown, with a K?

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Many people may know Kissimmee as the gateway to Walt Disney World, but to many locals, the city is known for its rich history in the cattle industry. A history created by our pioneer ranching families helped us earn the nickname, Kowtown. While time and technology have changed in our beloved city, she has grown with it, advancing agri-technology and, yes, even rodeo technology. With fourth- and fifth-generation ranching families and agriculture companies located throughout Osceola County, it’s safe to say that Kissimmee hasn’t forgotten

Why the Calf Scramble is a Silver Spurs Rodeo Fan Favorite

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Every year, thousands of people flock to our rodeo to meet rodeo queens, see cowboys get the rides of their lives, and to watch their very favorite rodeo event… The calf scramble! While the calf scramble may not be sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), this doesn’t diminish its popularity. This fan favorite event takes place during all of rodeos, and it never gets old for locals and our club members. And if you’re scratching your head asking, “Well, what is a

How Attending the Silver Spurs Rodeo Helps the Community

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[This article originally appeared in the Osceola News-Gazette on February 20th, 2016.] I am proud to be a third-generation Silver Spurs Club member and am serving as this year’s Big Boss. We would like to invite you to the 136th Silver Spurs Rodeo this weekend. The Silver Spurs Club is a nonprofit organization made up of over 300 volunteers who desire to give back to those in need in our community, while promoting and preserving our county’s agricultural roots. The

Kevin Whaley Talks Ranching and Rodeo with Silver Spurs

Kevin Whaley: Ranching, rodeo, service - Life in the Silver Spurs
Kevin Whaley is out working cows, raising bulls, or training horses just about every day. He even has to defend his herds against modern-day cattle rustlers once in awhile. That’s right – he’s a 21st Century cattleman. A cowboy. The real deal. Kevin, 57, is also a long-time Silver Spurs Club member and grew up in the club his family helped found in the 1940s. He continues the back-breaking work ranching still requires today. But make no mistake, it’s a

Monster Bulls is Monster Fun… For a Good Cause

Monster Bulls at Silver Spurs
They’re fierce. They’re feisty. They’re bred to buck! That’s right, the bulls are back! Join us Saturday, February 10th for the 7th Annual Monster Bulls event here at the Silver Spurs Arena and see our bulls (and others) take on riders from around the country at one of the best rodeos in Florida in the most extreme sport of ‘em all! Bull riding is one of the most unique athletic events in the world! It’s man vs. animal at its finest.