A few weeks ago our family attended a hidden little gem, the Tejas Rodeo Company in Bulverde, Texas. We recently moved to Bulverde, a small city outside of San Antonio, and did not know that this place existed until one day we drove past it, hit our brakes, and backed up our pick up truck to make sure we saw what we thought we were seeing. The excitement that filled that truck was not even explainable; a rodeo and a steakhouse that was minutes from our house!
When we entered the gates we saw a few stands that were selling western wear and then we passed by an employee that was grilling something amazing; unfortunately we had already eaten but the smell did make our nostrils tickle with happiness. Next time we will definitely arrive to Tejas Rodeo hungry.
Before we took our seats, we walked around the grounds to see what the Tejas Rodeo Company had to offer. Besides the awesome food selections they had a little shop that sold t-shirts and mementos. One shirt that I will be purchasing on our next visit reads 'Keep Bulverde Dirty'; that is a must have for this girl. They also had Pony Rides for the kids, a beautiful horse that was available for petting and then a mechanical bull for kids to ride. I was amazed at my middle child when she ran up to us and begged to let her ride the bull. When we said, 'YES!', she hopped on the bull like a professional; who is this kid?
The rodeo was awesome, the animals were beautiful and the riders have such an amazing talent that it astounds me at what they are capable of doing.
A few other 'kid friendly' events on the actual turf were 'Mutton Bustin' and a 'Calf Scramble'. Unfortunately, my Bella was too young for the 'Mutton Bustin'; you have to be 4-7 years old. If you don't know what 'Mutton Bustin' is then watch this video:
'Mutton Bustin' is when a child rides a sheep and tries to see how long they can stay on. It was so much fun watching these brave little cowboys and cowgirls try their hand at it. I am hoping in the next year my Bella will try her hand at it.
After 'Mutton Bustin' they had a 'Calf Scramble'. A 'Calf Scramble' is when a ton of kids are let out onto the rodeo arena and made to chase 3-4 calves that have a ribbon tied to their tails. I am not sure what happens if a child is able to grab the ribbon, but I am proud to say that all of my girls and grand daughter went out to give it a shot. On a side note, when they went into the rodeo arena they did not have a clue as to what they were getting in to. Here is a short video (Bella is the one that keeps falling down and my grand daughter is next to her waiting for her like a good friend does.):