Ep. 19: Cowboy Christmas: Rodeo in Texas

Merry Christmas…that’s Cowboy Christmas of course.  July 4 is called Cowboy Christmas because of all the great rodeos held around the 4th of July holiday.  In this episode we take a look at the history of rodeo going all the way back to the 16th century.  Learn how the modern sport of rodeo evolved from old Mexico to modern day Texas.  It all seemed to happen on and around July 4!  Saddle up and hang on for a great ride through Texas history and learn about the surprise 1843 rodeo that led to an indian peace treaty!


Striking rodeo cowboys at Boston Garden

charro rope trick

Florear de la reata

hays 1844

Jack Hays in 1844, when he organized the comanche rodeo in San Antonio

jaripeo gone wrong

Jaripeo gone very wrong!


Prescott rodeo bronc ride

pulling bull tail

Charro pulling a bull’s tail




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