“Everything’s bigger in Texas.” Take this phrase as you will, literally-figuratively-metaphorically, you’ll quickly discover the Lone Star state lives up to its reputation in every shape and form, but none so much as its residents’ glowing pride. If you don’t believe me, attend the Houston Livestock and Rodeo and you’ll see for yourself.
As a native Houstonian, Livestock Shows and Rodeos have consistently been a normal part of my life. From small town county fairs to big time rodeos – it’s just another facet of Southern living. But nothing tops the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo every year. From the grand, state-of-the-art facilities, big name performers, unique deep-fried carnival food and carnival rides, to the sea of cowboys and the mouthwatering barbecue cookoff, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo beats anything you’ve ever seen. My favorite events are the barrel racing and the mutton bustin’. If you’ve never seen a spunky little cowgirl or cowboy holding on for dear life to an enraged sheep while racing the clock, you are simply missing out! It’s doubly exciting when it’s your own sweet baby.
Our roots run deep here in the South, and this is the time of year when old and young alike show off their Texas Pride! Cowboy hats, belt buckles, chaps and spurs – you can never have too much western wear, and the tradition starts young. It is not uncommon for parents to request a Western themed photograph of their precious new cowpoke. Cowboy hats are by far the most popular prop.
In honor of this exciting time of year, I have compiled a collage of several of my favorite little cowboys and cowgirls. Some of these sweet babies have parents who are Bull Riders, Texas Rangers, Sheriffs, you name it. One lucky baby in particular was fortunate enough to be born right here in Texas from over 8,000 miles away from his home in Angola, Africa. And you’d better believe he has a picture in a cowboy hat!
Without further ado, I present to you the 2017 Grand Champions for one of my exclusive events that I call “Made in Texas.” And, well, they all win Grand Champion with me.