The stock show is the other half of what everyone in South Texas gets excited about this time of year. It always raises quite a bit of money, provides a good atmosphere for people to auction off their animals and it will be more of the same this year.
Young and old exhibitors will be coming from all over the great state and some, even, from outside Texas to show off their livestock. Some of them will be coming to make a profit, while the others will be coming to take home one of the scholarships that are handed out as prizes. The S.A.L.E. has been passing out scholarships to students with exemplary animals since 1984 and last year’s livestock Auction raised over $3 million.
The animals that students bring to be judged and then later judged are a wide variety. They are cows, poultry, horses, pig, goats and sheep. There are also a number of categories of each animal that are judged. For the 6th consecutive year, the PRCA has voted the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo the Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year and was also inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2008. The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo also continued its pioneering ways by giving each Rodeo Event Champion $8,000 worth of fuel cards.
This year the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo will feature Cowboys Live Forever Style Show and Luncheon benefiting the S.A.L.E. Scholarship Fund which has handed out over 36 scholarships in the last four years.