The inaugural Prickly Pear Rodeo will be held at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds on Aug. 16-17.
The event will feature former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver as special guest and co-emcee. Competition will begin Friday night with team roping and continue all day Saturday.
Although the entire rodeo is open to the public, the main performance will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The organizers are including ladies, junior and peewee barrel racing. The Prickly Pear Rodeo will also feature men’s steer wrestling, as well as ladies steer undecorating.
Steer undecorating is described as the female version of steer wrestling. There are more variations between the two events than just the contestants’ gender.
In steer wrestling, a male participant chases after a steer on a galloping horse. After he catches up to the steer he drops off the horse and onto the neck of the steer. He then wrestles the steer into the ground. In steer undecorating, a female participant chases after a steer on a galloping horse. However, instead of sliding off the horse and wrestling the steer to the ground, the woman pulls a ribbon off the back of the steer.
Along with steer wrestling and steer undecorating, the rodeo will also feature team roping, calf roping, bull riding and mutton busting. According to a Facebook post promoting the rodeo, the organizers plan to award at least $6,000 in prizes to the top 20 contestants in the mutton busting competition.
During the rodeo, there will be 10 contestants/teams competing in the major timed events and five each in the junior and peewee barrel racing.
The timed event teams/contestants participating will be determined by a random drawing. The remaining teams/contestants will perform during the slack, timed rodeo events that occur outside of the nightly performance. All event champions will receive buckles. A portion of the rodeo’s proceeds will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.