The rodeo is in town in Bayou City. Every year, a three-week marathons of animals, carnival food and concerts floods Houston for the famous Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Here’s some of the highlights of my week covering the big shindig.
A reporter’s quest to find the elusive rodeo jail
There’s a cracked painting of a bucking animal sprawled across one wall and a parched dirt floor underfoot. In one corner is a lone tattered boot with a star-shaped spur. In another there’s a mean two-headed rattlesnake with a gun in its mouth. The only food is raw hamburger meat wrapped in fried bacon, served three times a day. The only thing to drink is cowboy tears – and cowboys don’t cry.
At least this is how I envision rodeo jail.
Speak, you said? A dog’s eye view of what the rodeo need
This is not my first rodeo. As a World Champion Disc Dog, I have been to a good number of these things — and I have six suggestions to make them less human-centric and more agreeable for canine visitors such as myself.
What does this adorable dog suggest? Click here to read the full story.
In tractor maintenance, a fierce competitor
In a sea of baseball caps, Sage Boettcher’s blond ponytail stands out.
It bobs beside the bright orange tractor in front of her as the 18-year-old bangs the back wheels in frustration.
It wobbles as she peers closely under the seat, searching for the problem.
It pauses as she remembers: The clock is ticking.
Does Sage win? Is she the fastest tractor-fixer in Texas? Click here to read the full story.
Border Patrol presence turns heads, creates worries at the rodeo
It started with what looked like an unnerving photo: windowless Border Patrol vans parked outside the Houston Rodeo.
And as the image spread online in the run-up to Sunday’s Go Tejano Day, it seeded fear and rumors of roundups in the local Hispanic community in light of President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown.
“They don’t need to be spreading fear or instigating further tension between people with different skin tones,” said Yvonne Hernandez, a Houstonian who comes from a family of immigrants.