2017 Rodeo

2017 Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo


Designed by Blu Dornan

The 2017 Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo presented by Twisted J is on tap to be one of the biggest and best rodeos Stephenville has ever seen! There is something for every member of the family to enjoy and make great memories while celebrating our areas awesome rodeo and western heritage. Use this handy A to Z guide to learn about this years Rodeo Heritage Week. Let’s RODEO y’all! 

Art Reception – The Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council invites the community to attend a reception honoring Erath County native Pat Sharp. The public is encouraged to attend this free, come and go event. {The reception is Monday, Sept. 18 from 5-7 p.m. at Clark Field Regional Airport in Stephenville. FMI: (254)965-6190}

Cowboy Capital Scholarship Shootout – In a one-of-a-kind format, the future stars of professional rodeo are invited to compete alongside their PRCA and WPRA heroes during the Sunday matinee performance of the rodeo. THSRA Region III and Region X event champions from the 2016-2017 rodeo year match off in each of the seven standard rodeo events with the highest scores and fastest times winning a college scholarship. (8) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. {The Cowboy Capital Scholarship Shootout will be held at Lone Star Arena on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. during the PRCA Rodeo Performance #3. FMI: (254)977-2444}

County Team Roping – The Cowboy Capital County Team Roping is brought to you by Mitchell Pipe and Supply for the second year in a row. By far, this is one of the TOUGEST county ropings in the world! The caliber of professional rodeo talent mixed with jackpot team ropers makes for good watching. The top 15 teams qualify to rope at one of the three rodeo performances the following weekend. Added money, buckles, and prizes are all up for grabs. One side of the team must reside in Erath County. {The county roping is Sunday, Sept. 17 at Lone Star Arena. Please see X-Treme Team Roping on Facebook for official flyer. FMI: (432)349-2572}

Don Edwards Concert – An Evening with Don Edwards is the community’s chance to experience one of the greatest western songwriters to ever strum a guitar. Don is widely accepted as one of the all time great singers and story tellers of the American West. This free, outdoor concert is generously brought to you by the Bruner Motors Auto Family/RAM Trucks and the City of Stephenville. {The concert is Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stephenville City Park Amphitheater. FMI: (254)965-5313}

Kick Off Celebration – Celebrate Stephenville’s vast rodeo heritage with a day full of all kinds of fun activities brought to you by Bruner Motors and RAM Trucks. The Cowboy Capital 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 7:30 a.m.; 5K $30 entry fee and 1M $25 entry fee; tee shirt to all contestants. The McCoys Mutton Busting signup is from at 9-11:15 a.m. at the Covered Pavilion in City Park. Mutton Busting will begin after conclusion of parade (NO earlier than 11 a.m.). Age 3-8; 55 lb weight limit; helmets/vests are provided and required; no riding ropes; must ride facing forward; $15 entry fee; enter up to 2x; top 15 riders will earn a spot in one of three PRCA Rodeo Performances the following weekend; prizes awarded every night at rodeo. TxPages Rodeo Heritage Parade begins at 10 a.m. Parade lineup begins at 8:3o a.m.; judging will begin at 9:15 a.m. Parade begins on Graham St. headed north to Washington St., around the courthouse to Barton St., and then back south again to the park, finishing up near the Rec Hall. Coopers Country Store Dummy Roping signup from 9-11:15 a.m. at the Covered Pavilion in City Park. Dummy Roping will begin after parade (NO earlier than 11 a.m). Three age groups: 6 and Under; 7-9; 10-12. Prizes 1st-3rd awarded in each age group. Official rules posted at event. Carriage rides, Bruner Motors test drives, and vendors with food, drink, and other western and craft items will also be set up in close proximity to all the action. {All Kick Off Celebration events will be held in the Stephenville City Park near the Covered Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 16. FMI: (254)485-6494}

Miss Cowboy Capital Pro Pro Rodeo Queen Contest – Young ladies from Erath County, as well as the surrounding counties of Palo Pinto, Hood, Sommervel, Bosque, Hamilton, Comanche, and Eastland are invited to compete for the title of Miss Cowboy Capital Pro Rodeo. The contest is open to ladies ages 6 -23 with three age groups consisting of Miss, Teen, and Princess to be crowned. Scholarships, buckles, crowns, sashes, and a pile of other amazing prizes will be presented to contestants. This is a great opportunity for girls who are proud of their western heritage and are excited to represent the Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo in a year long reign. {Contest is Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Cowboy Church of Erath County. Coronation is Saturday night, Sept. 23 during the second PRCA Rodeo Performance at Lone Star Arena. FMI: (254)595-0036}

PRCA RodeoOver 600 top tier cowboys and cowgirls from all across the United States, Canada, Australia, and beyond will lay it all on the line for prize money, buckles, spurs, and trophy rifles. Rodeo fans are guaranteed to see past and current world champions, seasoned rodeo stars, weekend warriors, as well as the young rodeo rookies competing at one of the richest professional rodeos during the last week of the 2017 season. Wrangler National Finals Rodeo dreams will be made or crushed in Stephenville. Last years total payout was over $140,000 which shattered the record from the previous year. Make plans to be in the stands this year and watch one of the PRCA’s Top 5 Medium Sized Rodeos unfold live in living color.  Pete Carr Pro Rodeo is the official stock contractor. {PRCA Rodeo Slacks are Thursday morning/night, Sept. 21 & Friday morning, Sept. 22; PRCA Rodeo Performances are Friday night, Sept. 22, Saturday night, Sept. 23; & Sunday afternoon, Sept. 24 at Lone Star Arena. FMI: (254)965-5313}

PRCA Rodeo Tickets – Adults $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Kids (6-12) $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Kids under 5 are FREE! Available at the following locations: Capital Hatters – Chick Elms Grand Entry Western Store and Rodeo Shop – First Financial Bank – Saddle Rags, The Western Store – Stephenville Chamber of Commerce – Texas Bank – The Hay and Feed Ranch – Twisted J Boutique. Also can be purchased from Miss Cowboy Capital Pro Rodeo Contestants. 

The Jeff Sewalt IRON-MAN – This unique event made up of a round of golf, followed by a few rounds of team roping has become one of the most anticipated events during Rodeo Heritage Week. The ‘Sewalt’ is the namesake of a great friend to so many people in the rodeo world, especially those around the Stephenville area. Jeff would have been so honored to know his friends are celebrating his memory by swinging clubs, throwing nylons, and having a good ol’ boy kind of time. All proceeds from The ‘Sewalt’ are used for two $2,500 scholarships awarded each spring to Tarleton State University Rodeo Team members. {The ‘Sewalt’ will be held in Sweetwater, Texas. FMI: (254)592-6783}

The ShowAn over the top fashion show featuring the lovely ladies of the Cowboy Capital modeling the hippest looks of the western world. Rodeo fashion is a ‘thang’ now! All proceeds from ticket sales, live auction, and raffles benefit local causes. Tickets are required for this event and are available for purchase at Capital Hatters for $60. {The Show is Tuesday, Sept. 19 at The ~N~ in Bluff Dale. FMI: (254)744-2581}