So, what does Kissimmee know about Rodeo?
This year is the first year the RNCFR (Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo) is in Kissimmee Florida, a town known for its richness in citrus and cattle. The RNCFR was held every year from 1987-2010 in Pocatello, Idaho, before moving to Oklahoma City in March 2011, Guthrie, Oklahoma in 2014 and then to Kissimmee, Florida in 2015.
So, what does Kissimmee know about Rodeo anyway?
Well, for starters, rodeo is typically led by cattle ranchers and they’ve got plenty of those in Osceola County. One of those cattle ranchers, Henry O. Partin, started what is now the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi River, the Silver Spurs Rodeo, in 1944.
The Silver Spurs Rodeo has regularly ranked in the top 50 PRCA rodeos but recently jumped to the top 25 after increasing the size of the prize purse.
Since then, Kissimmee has hosted 134 rodeos with the Silver Spurs Club, and has hosted the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots during the past two years. So yeah, they know what they’re doing. There’s a reason why some cowboys and cowgirls save all year to come to the Silver Spurs and it has nothing to do with Mickey Mouse…ok, maybe just a little.
The Silver Spurs Rodeo hosts a number of events from bull and bronc riding to barrel racing and tie-down. They even do a little calf scramble for the kids.
Another thing that qualifies Kissimmee as rodeo country is the stock that have been raised here, many attending championship rodeos and bringing home prize money based on the animal’s performance. The Silver Spurs stock has been featured in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER in Las Vegas, recently K02 Hang em High, who performed twice in December 2014.
Probably the best thing about Kissimmee and Rodeo though is the community. Kissimmee’s local business scene and families all support the rodeos by dressing up, sponsoring or volunteering.
With the help of families whose heritage is home-grown, the Silver Spurs Rodeo has created a reputation for quality entertainment for thousands of fans, young and old.