Stock Show
The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo has been a part of Cowtown's history for 116 years. People from all over the world come to see this unique event which lasts for almost an entire month. This year, attendance was over 1 million visitors from around the globe. What many visitors fail to realize though, is that the Stock Show portion is actually a tremendous scholarship opportunity for Texas teens. Participants work with their animals year-round to get them ready to show.

I was especially excited for this year’s  Stock Show because I was finally given the opportunity to see my cousin, Laurel ride in a competitive setting. Pictured left is Victoria Alexander, Laurel Gigliotti, Bling and Blue Jeans (Horse), Bailey Anderson & Landri Wienecke – all Fort Worth area teens. Laurel, Victoria & Bailey all competed in the Youth Quarter Horse Competition, and Landri showed a steer and a pig. Bailey won the Reserve All Around in the 14-18 age Youth Quarter Horse competition on her horse, Oh What Potential.  Laurel won All Around in the 14-18 age Youth Quarter Horse competition & the Novice High Point on her horse, Bling and Blue Jeans for a winning total of $4,000 in scholarships!

Cuatro Schauer brought in the big win with his Grand Champion Steer which sold for $230,000. Now that’s a lot of scholarship money! Participating in the Stock Show isn’t for everyone – participants put in a great deal of time, energy and resources. The Fort Worth Stock Show not only benefits participants now, but helps them prepare for the future! Congratulations to these Texas teens and to the FWSSR for another successful year!