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Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

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Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

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The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is one of the largest rodeo events in the world, and this year's event proved to be just as exciting as those on past years. More than 1,200 cowboys and cowgirls flooded into Fort Worth, reveling in more than 25 individual performances spread out over nearly a month's worth of competition. Superstitions reigned supreme at the 2013 Forth Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, but one cowboy wasn't willing to give into the idea of dooming his chances. Friday Wright II of the small town of Moss Point, Mississippi dominated the bull riding competition, and was well in the lead when the traditional winner's photograph was taken during the last few days of the rodeo. This photograph includes all 9 Forth Worth champions, but the final round of bull riding had not yet been completed when the photographer gathered the winners. Photographs have been taken in years past with current leaders, none of which had ever been able to hold their lead through the final round. When his friends attempted to deter him from standing in the photograph, he simply told them, "I said I was going out there and that I was going to win the rodeo," which is exactly what he did. This plucky cowboy from Mississippi changed all that, as he entered the arena and became the only cowboy to make a qualified ride on the last pen of bulls. Wright took home nearly $10,000 for his time in Fort Worth, and became the only bull rider to compete in both the 1st and 30th performances.

Bull riding wasn't the only action-packed event at this year's rodeo. 2012 Champions heeler Kory Koontz and reigning world champion bareback rider young Kaycee Feild defended their championships, taking home top honors in 2013. Former national highs school basketball three-point record holder Randall Carlisle roped his way into the tie-down championship, while Straws Milan bested the field to win the steer wrestling. Header Brock Hanson took the lead in the lead in team roping, and two-time world champion Cory Wright brought home big money in the saddle bronc event. Rookie Taylor Jacobs, a senior communications major at Texas A&M University, rode the fastest total combined times in barrel racing to earn her first Fort Worth championship, despite a detour to a collegiate event in the middle of final weekend of competition.

Rodeo may be one of the main draws at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, but it certainly isn't the only activity to enjoy. The Fort Worth show was built on the hooves of cattle, and this year's show brought in some of the best livestock from all corners of the country. Thousands of cattle, sheep, and swine were bathed, brushed and paraded in front of the judges, bringing plenty of admiration from the crowd. Horse events are also front and center at the Forth Worth Stock with competitors in every event from Western Pleasure to Hunter Under Saddle competing for season points and top honors at this prestigious event.

Educational exhibits by the dozen packed every corner of the fairgrounds, with the Kids Gone Wild event drawing in both the young and young at heart. A celebrity goat milking competition was one of the funniest and most exciting for spectators, many of whom had never witnessed the milking of a goat, celebrity or otherwise. Growling stomachs were not to be ignored at this feast for the senses, with food and drink of all types clamoring for attention. Every type of food you can imagine, from fried pickles and funnel cakes to grilled steak and buttered corn left crowds happy, satisfied, and very full, as they partook in the 117th annual Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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