Will Rogers Memorial Center built in 1936
The Will Rogers Memorial Center (WRMC) is an 85-acre public entertainment, sports and livestock complex located in Fort Worth, Texas (USA). The complex is named for American humorist and writer Will Rogers. The WRMC is the home of the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. It is a popular location for the hosting of specialized livestock shows, including the annual World Exposition of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America, the annual World Championship Paint Horse Show, and 3 major events of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) each year. It is also the former home of the Fort Worth Texans ice hockey team. Events at the WRMC attract over 2 million visitors annually.
Hoss and Elwood Moos – better known as the Moos Brothers
Hoss and Elwood Moos – better known as the Moos Brothers – are the fun-loving and playful mascots of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. As the official Stock Show ambassadors, the two make-believe bulls appear at public events across the Metroplex promoting the action-packed, educational and entertaining Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo that will be held January 14 through February 4, 2012.
Elwood is the younger brother who wears a baseball cap and is always cutting up and teasing Hoss. As the more serious one, Hoss wears a cowboy hat and puts up with his mischievous brother’s silly antics.
Hoss and Elwood will be roaming around the Stock Show each day looking for kids, and grown ups, to play with. They would love to see you, so come out and cut-up with funniest two bulls you’ll ever meet.
Barrel racing is a timed rodeo event, where the fastest time is what matters most. Cowgirls compete in the arena against each other and the clock.
Barrel racing is about cooperation between horse and rider. Because of the competition and money involved, finding a good horse is very important to the competitors. A top of the line barrel horse can cost up to $50,000.
For the barrel racing event, the arena is cleared and three barrels are set up at different marked locations. The riders then enter the arena at full speed, quickly rounding each barrel in a cloverleaf pattern and then exiting where they entered. A stopwatch or timer is used registering down to a hundredth of a second.
Speed is what it is all about in this event. The riders steer their horses as close as they can to the barrels trying to shave precious seconds off the clock. For each barrel they knock over (which happens sometimes) a 5 second penalty is assessed to their total time. Leaving the barrels standing and ripping through the course is every barrel racers goal.
13 to 14 seconds is generally a winning time in this event, but this will vary according to the size of the arena, as all rodeo arenas are not created equal.