Silver Spurs Rodeo Blog

Popular rodeo myths: Setting the record straight

Twice each year, thousands of people (locals and tourists alike) travel to Silver Spurs Arena to attend our rodeo. And while there are many repeat attendees, there are plenty of newcomers who attend that aren’t necessarily familiar with the sport of rodeo. We have a lot of experience in putting on rodeos. We’ve been doing it for over 70 years! Over time, we’ve found that there’s no shortage of misconceptions about rodeo event scoring, the livestock, and what to expect when you attend

Keeping up with the winners from the Wrangler Champions Challenge in Kissimmee

We mentioned in an earlier blog post that purse money (also known as prize money) isn’t the only factor that influences a rodeo competitor’s decision to travel to a particular rodeo. As the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi (in regards to purse money), we’ve been fortunate enough to attract cowboys from across the country and big names in the rodeo world that have made it into the arena of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association‘s (PRCA) version of the Super Bowl,

The Silver Spurs Quadrille Team: The humble beginnings of a longstanding tradition

Whether you’re new to Osceola County or you’ve been a lifelong resident, the influence that ranching and agriculture had on building this community is obvious. Looking past the small details throughout the county, like the cowboy boots on the streets of Downtown Kissimmee, or murals of the early days on the sides of buildings in St. Cloud, many of the pioneer ranching and farming families held public office and started businesses and organizations that are still operating today – including the Silver

How do contestants choose which Florida rodeos to attend?

Beyond all the enthusiasm from the announcers, the contestants’ adrenaline, and the bright arena lights, there is more to the rodeo athletes you see on the dirt than meets the eye. You might be familiar with the big paychecks and high-profile endorsement deals that other professional athletes, such as football or basketball players, receive. But you won’t likely see that kind of glamorous flaunting from rodeo athletes. One of the main reasons is because, unlike most professional sports, rodeo competitors don’t

The Special Rodeo: A Silver Spurs tradition for more than 30 years

A few months ago, we talked about the humble beginnings of the Silver Spurs Rodeo along with the cattle industry’s influence on Kissimmee. And while our rodeo started off as a way for neighbors and friends to come together in the name of horsemanship and friendly competition, it’s amazing to see how many people come year after year to watch our rodeo. And while many people flock to the stands to watch our Monsters Bulls performance, the Wrangler Champions Challenge or the Silver Spurs

Meet Some of Osceola’s Founding Families: Bronson, Overstreet and Partin

You might be familiar with Kissimmee’s roots in agriculture, but do you know about Osceola County’s pioneer families that helped put Kissimmee on the map? With much of Kissimmee’s history found in shared stories from old friends and family members, it’s important to us that those stories don’t become lost in time. That’s why, in this blog, we’ll introduce you to some of Osceola’s founding families who you’ll soon realize had a part in setting the foundation for Kissimmee along with the

The history of the PRCA: Celebrating 80 years of dirt, hard work, and cowboys

Since the early 1800s, Americans have been fascinated with the country’s oldest sport: Rodeo. What started as a way of making a living in unfamiliar territory has evolved into a national sport that draws in audiences from all around the world. Each year, thousands of people travel to our rodeo to get a glimpse of the what cowboy lifestyle is about in Kissimmee. Since 1944, when the Silver Spurs Riding Club held its first Silver Spurs Rodeo, we’ve been able to showcase Kissimmee’s

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

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

So, What Are All These Rodeos in Kissimmee?

Kissimmee rodeos
[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

Silver Spurs Quadrille
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,