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Cotton Rosser & the Flying U Rodeo Company

Cotton Rosser has come a long way since he was a young buck who grew up in Long Beach, California. Beginning with his young days of delivering newspaper from the back of his donkey named Jack, cleaning out stalls, and working cattle on Catalina Island, Cotton has made a name for himself in regards to his commitment to rodeo, ranching, and agriculture. His family lived on a city lot, but this did nothing to deter Cotton from keeping his motivation from pushing forward in hopes at making his childhood fantasy come true in terms of becoming a successful and respected rodeo cowboy.
Cotton Rosser is a name that has become synonymous with quality rodeo production. After a ranch accident in 1956 abruptly ended a promising career as a rodeo contestant, Cotton purchased the Flying U Rodeo Company. For the past several decades, Cotton and his family have worked to make the Flying U one of the most successful stock contracting firms in professional rodeo. Keeping his competition in mind is essentially what helps Cotton's creative juices flow. Cotton was inspired and recognized Gene Autry as the person who has most influenced the showman in him. With that said, Cotton always tries to bring some of that color and flare back to rodeo.
Rodeo is show business as far as he is concerned. Cotton remarks, "You have to run the show, you can't let the show run you. If you don't keep the audience entertained they will go somewhere else."

Help us in welcoming this incredibly hard working individual who shows us the importance of what it’s like to “pull yourself up by your bootstraps!”

Anthony Lucia

Anthony was born in Weatherford, TX and has traveled the country with his father and hero Tommy Lucia since he was four years old. With his father as his mentor, Anthony quickly gained a knack for entertaining audiences while also learning to refine his own skills and adding his own personal touch. There is no doubt he has an obvious skill with a rope in his hand. At 23 years old Anthony went pro and has never looked back. In addition to Anthony’s announcing, emcee, talk shows and other media adventures, he is an accomplished trick & team roper.

Anthony has done commercials for the MLB Champion Texas Rangers and made it to the semifinals on NBC’s hit television show America’s Got Talent. This is not the only stage to have welcomed Anthony as he has hosted “Live with Anthony Lucia” for the last four years at the Sand’s County Christmas Gift Expo during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR). When Anthony takes a break from being on stage he spends his time competing in the sport of team roping in order to make his presence more well known in the world of rodeo. In that attempt, Anthony placed in the average at the 2011 George Strait Team Roping Classic and set an arena record in Fort Worth, TX with a 3.6.

Anthony’s motto “I do what I do, and whatever Gifts I have are on loan from God. Electrify and Glorify!”

Bobby Kerr Mustangs

The Cow Palace is once again proud to welcome Bobby Kerr back to the Cow Palace for the 1st weekend of the Grand National Rodeo (Oct. 11 & 12). Bobby has been in horse training for over 40 years. He has trained and shown Reining, Roping, Working Cow Horse and Cutting.

Given his dedication to the rodeo world, Bobby is the Founder of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame which honors those men and women who have excelled in the sport and business of rodeo. Bobby is also a talented craftsman as he has owned and operated Cowboy Art, creating many custom metal signs and fixtures for over 20 years. These custom pieces have been purchased and collected by people all over the world. From home decor, he has moved on to custom motorcycles which he designed and built with this son, Cody.

Bobby brings along with him Poncho and Maypop, both 6 year old mustangs that were captured in the valleys of Nevada. Bobby has created a sacred bond between both of these mustangs and have become part of his Family. The Grand National is excited to once again have him join everyone at the Cow Palace.

Click HERE to learn more about Bobby Kerr and his mustang act.


Please help us in welcoming rodeo clown Justin "Rumpshaker" Rumford back to the Cow Palace for our 2017 Grand National Rodeo. Rumford, who lives in Ponca City, Oklahoma loves entertaining crowds and does it with a fresh perspective.

Rumford grew up in a rodeo family and competed in junior high, high school and college rodeo. He was a full time steer wrestler, but then blew out his knee. While he recovered, he worked as an assistant rodeo coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. After his knee healed, he helped with the Cody (Wyo.) Night Rodeo for three seasons, then began as a livestock truck driver for North Platte’s stock contractor, Bennie Beutler of Beutler and Son Rodeo. He never considered being a full time rodeo clown, but after a few tries as clown, he changed his mind.

Don't miss your chance to help welcome back and support this rodeo clown here at the Cow Palace! As Justin exclaims, “It’s a rock show, not your daddy’s old rodeo."

Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls

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Since the performance Team's founding in 1976, Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls have performed in 20 countries in 5 different continents, building their reputation as world class performers. Over the years, their unique brand of entertainment has taken them from the rodeo arena dirt to the professional sporting arena turf. They have even performed in England at the Windsor Castle for Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Pageant, celebrating her 60 years of service.

Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls present an entertaining western vignette incorporating American style-trick roping, fast-paced trick riding, Australian stock whips and horses at liberty that is truly breathtaking and entertaining. The 2019 Team consists of masterful equestrians from the United States and Australia, making this the only international team in professional rodeo; the girls live and train at the Riata Ranch International in Three Rivers California, where they hone their skills and develop camaraderie.

Click HERE to learn more about the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls


Do you know someone that has been affected by breast cancer?

Come dressed in your best pink attire and show your support on Friday, October 18th for our 'Tough Enough to Wear Pink' Night, a nationally-recognized campaign for Rodeos and western events to help promote breast cancer awareness and fundraising to benefit their local community.

All proceeds raised that evening will go towards the H.E.R.S. Breast Cancer Foundation. Click HERE to learn more about the H.E.R.S. Foundation


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As a token of our appreciation in keeping our Communities safe, we are welcoming any and all First Responders to join us on both Fridays of the Grand National Rodeo (Oct. 11 & 18). Whether you are in law enforcement, fire protection, emergency response or emergency medical services, be sure to wrangle up some friends and take advantage of our First Responder Fridays promotion - we want as many First Responders to join us so please extend this invitation to anyone interested.

**Any First Responder (with badge or ID) may claim up to (4) FREE admissions**


On Saturday, October 19th, show your support for those who fight for our Freedom and join us as we recognize active military, Veterans and their families during our Military Appreciation Night. There will be Veterans service booths on-site located off our Main Concourse.

Come dressed in your favorite Red, White and Blue outfits for an evening filled of pageantry, patriotism and a PRCA sanctioned Rodeo...YEEHAW!

Check out this Patriotic tribute to the American Rodeo - "Why I Stand"
Check out this version of 'Hallelujah' by Sailor Jerri in honor of our Veterans

**All Dress Circle seats are $14.00 for active military and Veterans**
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