June 10 - 15,
Entry forms are
due by April 7th.
Abilene, Texas ~
Taylor County Expo Center
Click for maps of the following places:
Map of Abilene
Taylor County Expo Center
Coliseum Diagram (we are in section EE - in the middle of the
County 4-H Shooting Range
The Top 10 in each
event. In the event one of the Top 10 Finalists draws out or
is unable to compete, the next contestant in line shall move up and
in case of a tie, all will be allowed to move up.
Team Ropers - the
combined total of your points and your partner's points determines
where you rank in the Top 10. The way you enter the last rodeo
at Altus (partner & position) is how you must enter for state
Entry fees are $80
per event. Each contestant pays a $25
passes are $60 and child season passes are $40. There are 4
slacks and 7 performances. The season passes are a bargain if
you plan to attend the majority of these. If not, you will be
able to purchase tickets individually at the box office.
(Hint: the draw is set up so that multi-event contestants only
compete in one event per slack or performance, if possible.)
Stalls and parking
are being handled by the Expo Center. Each contestant gets one stall for each event
they qualified in - excluding rough stock. Steer wrestlers and
Cutters will get two stalls.
Each stall is $100 for the week. Stud stalls are $110. If
you plan to take a back-up horse or one for the nightly jackpots,
the extra stall will cost you $200. **All stalls must be
reserved at time of entry on April 7th. You cannot show up in Abilene with
an extra horse and expect to get a stall.
Parking will be $110 for electric and water only. There is a
"honey wagon" that comes around during the week. Each region
gets 4 full hook-ups and they are assigned on a "lottery"
basis. These are $125 and only have 30 amp plugs. You
must notify Mikey by April 1st to get your name on the list.
"Winners" will be notified before the deadline.
Don't just fill in your form and expect to get
one. 50 amp breakers are also limited to 4 per region.
Now for the really
good news: All of your entry fees, stalls, parking and season
tickets must be paid when your entry form is turned in.
These payments will be deposited by April 9th in the Region 1 account.
Then I send one check to the State Office with all of your forms.
WHAT'S GOING ON?
Here is a
schedule of events
for the week and the
order of events for each
Each region is required
to work in specified places throughout the week.
Contestant Check-in ~
each region must supply one teacher to help check report cards
when the contestants show up at check-in. I would love a
volunteer but if no ones steps up, I will ask the first mom I
see in Abilene.
before each performance ~ We are scheduled for Monday morning and
with Region 6 . We will need three adult volunteers for
the 1st and 2nd go shifts and one more to help with the Short Go performance
Saturday night when all of the regions work. Volunteers
will need to be
ready one hour before each performance and stay until the rodeo
has only four events left.
50/50 Scholarship Fund ~ The Region will
purchase the minimum requirement of tickets for the week but this year's juniors
will be responsible for selling extra tickets since they will be the
ones benefitting from the proceeds as seniors next year. If
we could get 2-3 volunteers to take charge of this, then the
burden won't fall on just one person. Tickets need to be picked up each morning and
returned by a specified time each night. I want Region 1 to win the sales bonus
again this year!
Our assigned event is saddle bronc riding. You don't have to work every performance
but please help out at least once while you are down there.
Volunteers will need to be in proper dress code.
Region 1 has a room
block at the Whitten Inn (Expo) in Abilene. Make sure you tell the motel
that you are with Region 1 so that your room is pulled from our
840 East Hwy 80
Abilene, TX 79601
15 rooms blocked
$59 / night + tax
Deadline to make reservations is May
ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO
We won't know of
any changes until later this spring.
Each contestant is allowed one helper per event.
The helper MUST have a rodeo ticket to the performance in
which he/she will be assisting the contestant.
The contestant is responsible for getting the helper’s pass,
which is necessary for the helper to gain access to the arena areas
and behind the chutes to help the contestant.
The pass is good for that particular performance only!
Once the helper is finished assisting the contestant, he/she
is asked to leave the arena area and return to the grandstands or
Helper’s passes will be distributed in the front of the
coliseum where the programs are being sold.
The passes will be distributed for each performance starting
one (1) hour prior to the performance time and until 30 minutes
after the performance starts.
If you do not get your helper’s pass during those posted
times, you will not be given a pass!
It is the CONTESTANT’S responsibility to get the pass and get
it on time!
The grand entry is
very simple and similar to ours at the Region level. Sponsor
flags will be carried during each of the night performances.
Regions will be assigned a specific night for their members to help
HOW DO POINTS
link to find out how many points you carry with you to
and how many are up for grabs throughout the week.
Here is a link
that explains how event directors are selected at Abilene.
You will receive a new back number
when you check in at Abilene. This is your ticket into the rodeo
performances. It must be pinned onto the back of your shirt - not
your belt loop or folded in your pocket. Hence the name:
Anyone caught swapping their back
number with another contestant or sharing it with someone who is not
entered in the State Finals will be disqualified immediately and both
parties will be sent home. Consider this your only warning because
you won't get another one at Abilene. You've spent way too
much time, energy and money just getting to Abilene. I wouldn't
take the chance of trying to sneak someone in.
This also applies to the nightly
jackpots. Only contestants entered in the State Finals are
eligible for the nightly jackpots.
Full dress code is required at all
times that you are competing in any arena, when you are inside the
coliseum for any reason or when you are sitting in the stands in the
horse barn or outdoor arena.
Even when full dress code is not
required, you still must have your back number on your back.
When you eat or shop in town, make
sure the salesperson sees you are wearing your back number. Many
businesses offer discounts to the contestants.
FOR YOUR HORSES
If you are taking horses to Abilene,
you must have current coggins for each one. Bring a copy with you
You have to copy specific information for each horse onto the form
provided by the health inspector.
If you are bringing horses from
outside of Texas, you are also required to have health papers for each
horse. This only applies to horses crossing state lines.
So, to reiterate: everyone
needs coggins papers. Only New Mexico and Oklahoma
residents need health papers.