Boggs Unleashed

PC Trumps PRCA

“Houston, We’ve Got a Problem.”


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At first glance, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo looks like any other rodeo.

Well, that wine tent seems out of place, as do the pig races on the midway. But a calf show is going on, and the scent of barbecued turkey legs makes my mouth water.

Martina McBride will perform after tonight’s event, and Reliant Stadium is full of fans and top-name cowboys. Cord McCoy—of CBS’s The Amazing Race fame—will win the bull-riding go-round the night I’m in town.

The gang’s all here.

But the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, pro rodeo’s sanctioning body, isn’t.

Last year, the PRCA declined to sanction Houston’s rodeo, which has been around since 1938 (the livestock show started six years earlier). Nor will it sanction this year’s event on February 28-March 18.

The rift seems to be because of the Cinch Super Shootout, Houston’s closing-day event that features bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding and saddle-bronc riding. The PRCA demands that a rodeo must include all events (you know, calf roping, steer wrestling and other events that would make an animal-loving, vegan, urban rodeo novice cringe).

“As much as we don’t want to part ways with any good rodeo, the slope gets slicker and steeper when we allow someone, anyone, to choose the events they think are appropriate for ProRodeo,” PRCA commissioner Karl...

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