In 2009, the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo Association teamed up with the national Reining Cow Horse Association to bring one of the most prestigious horse events in the nation to the 1st Community Federal Credit Union Spur Arena. The John Deere and National Reined Cow Horse Association's Celebration of Champions features the Circle Y Derby and the World's Greatest Horseman competitions. These combined comprise the 10 day event and distribute close to $400,000!
The Celebration of Champions saturates local hotels and eateries with contestants from all over the world. It's motto "One Horse, One Rider, On Very Impressive Title" precisely depicts the admiration and accolades that follow being crowned the World's Greatest Horseman. Horses and riders alike are judged on their skill and precision in heard work, rein work, cow work, and steer roping. The Celebration of Champions is the epitome of all horse events and it's new home in San Angelo seems to be perfect fit with generous support from the community.
The finals will be held Thursday, January 31 and Friday February 1. Admission Thursday is free, and tickets will be available at the door for $5 on Friday. The World's Greatest Horseman competition will be held Saturday, February 2. Admission will be $10.00 per person at the door. No advanced tickets will be sold. Reference the schedule below for start times, events, and all other information.