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February 2018 Silver Spurs Rodeo Results and Your Champions

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The 140th Silver Spurs Rodeo took place Friday, February 16th through Sunday, February 18th, featuring rodeo’s seven traditional events: bull riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, barrel racing, and team roping. With more than $100,000 in prize money up for grabs, top cowboys and cowgirls from across North America came to compete during this rodeo to claim their share of the prize. Below are the results for the top three winning contestants from each rodeo event.

Norman West and “Rabbit” Hall reflect on what it’s like to work with your best friend

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There is something special about a bunch of cowboys getting together to put on a hometown rodeo. From playing with the club grown rough stock to a freshly grilled rib eye after a successful rodeo weekend, the friendships run deep. Since the very beginning, the Silver Spurs Club has promoted growth in the community through lasting friendships and family. Robert Hall, or “Rabbit” as most people know him, and Norman West are a perfect example of what friendships look like

Giddy-up on these holiday recipes from our Silver Spurs Club members

Thanksgiving is a special holiday that symbolizes a union of excellent food and quality time with loved ones. This Thanksgiving, the Silver Spurs Riding Club reflects on what they’re most thankful for, including these favorite recipes straight from the ladies of the Silver Spurs. On the blog, we’ll share a few of our Spurs’ members’ favorite Thanksgiving recipes to serve at your table this holiday season. The following recipe was sent in by the Silver Spurs Rodeo’s Special Rodeo Chairperson,

Putting on a rodeo in the 21st century

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 much of the western United States, have been a source of entertainment for generations, often instilling a sense of tradition

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

(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. Our version of bonding often comes from hours of hard work to make a hometown rodeo and community a better

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

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 you see in the arena aren’t just professional rodeo competitors – they’re often full- or part-time ranchers. Working their cattle, herding steers, and

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

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 friendship. Although the organization was founded in 1941, the founding families passed on the stories and shared these traditions with

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

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 Middle School, they may not realize that the man named after the road happens to still live off it. We’d like to introduce

The Lifetime Achievement Award: Celebrating Decades of Volunteerism

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. On the blog, meet this year’s Women’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, Carolyn Hall and Deloris Moore. Despite the madness of putting

Why your sweetie will appreciate an experience gift this Valentine’s Day

The pressure of Valentine’s Day can be a little overwhelming. Because stores are filled with flowers, chocolates, and stuffed animals, it can be difficult to pick out a gift that stands out. Not to worry, though – we’ve got a unique gift idea that won’t break the bank or blend in with the crowd. Taking your Valentine to the Silver Spurs Rodeo is the perfect opportunity to create lasting memories while also supporting a non-profit organization! On the blog, read

Which past Silver Spurs champions have made it big?

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 (WNFR), the Silver Spurs Rodeo has been the first step for many “greenhorns” looking to make their way into rodeo.

Why rodeos in Florida are a MUST for every family vacation

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 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 for domestic and international travelers. While all those attractions are a great way to start off your vacation, there’s more to