My work allowed me to leave a little early to head over to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo with Bob. We have tickets tonight, Friday, Feb. 26, for the semi-finals of the rodeo, followed by a Pat Benatar and husband, Neil Giraldo, concert.
The rodeo starts at 7:30 pm, and the concert follows about 9:30 pm. The rodeo is held at the AT&T Center and Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio.
We found parking across the street from the carnival midway, so that's where we entered the grounds. No rides for us, but it was fun to see the carnival.
|Great kiddie ride.|
We arrived just in time for Bob to see the BMX stunt show. The vantage point and sun angle were awesome for picture taking this evening.
|Pretty good trick!|
|Jumping completely over father and son!|
|Can you spot both bikers?|
|Pretty cool trick, I think.|
|The bike almost got away. LOL.|
|Upside down in the flip|
|Tough cowboy dad with a tiger in his pocket.|
After the BMX bikes, we headed straight for the turkey legs!
|Nom, nom, nom.|
|Now you see it...|
|...now you don't! Glad we could share!|
|We didn't eat dessert here, but it looked good!|
Instead of dessert at one of the food stands, we shopped around the exhibits and ended up with toffee, taffy and chocolate-covered pecans to eat during the rodeo. [Note: We had leftover desserts to take home!]
All of our "looking around" time was used up and it was time for the rodeo. The AT&T Center where the indoor rodeo is held (and where the San Antonio Spurs play, though not at the same time!) recently underwent a major renovation. One new thing was a huge, colorful mural on the wall next to the escalators.
|Big, colorful mural above the escalators|
Our seats were pretty high up in the arena. Our row was mostly empty when we arrived so we didn't have to climb over people to get to our assigned seats. All the following photos were taken from these seats.
The opening flag ceremony took place first, followed by a female lieutenant singing the National Anthem.
|Presentation of Texas and rodeo flags|
|Look at all that silver decor on the horses.|
|Steer wrestling. Gotta. Get. This. Steer. Down. NOW!|
|There she goes! She's got a good grip on that wool.|
|And here's our little winner with Miss Rodeo. Her prize|
is that honkin' big belt buckle from State Farm Insurance.
|Saddle bronc riding|
|Saddle bronc riding|
|This horse went all out!|
|The wild mustangs|
To win, a cowboy must stay on the bull for eight seconds. Only eight seconds. Only. Ha! Most of them were thrown off within 4-5 seconds. One cowboy made it to 7.91 seconds. He was so disappointed! If a cowboy does not stay on for eight seconds, he doesn't win the whole pot of prize money for that event. So tonight, because no one stayed on a bull for eight seconds, the prize money was divided evenly between the six cowboys. And this is the semifinals. These are the best of the bull riders in the rodeo.
With the semifinals over, our price of admission to the rodeo included a concert. Tonight we get to see Pat Benatar and her husband Neil Giraldo (who used to play with The Derringers). So, after the rodeo ended, a revolving stage was brought out and set up for the concert.
Here we are just before the concert started..
|Bob and Susan|
The Pat Benatar concert was awesome. She is my favorite female rocker, followed by Joan Jett. I sang along, Bob didn't, though I'm pretty sure he enjoyed the show. Her husband, Neil Giraldo (AKA Spyder) is a wonderful rock guitarist and played with Rick Derringer, Kenny Loggins and Rick Springfield. He also produced music for a couple of very famous musicians, wrote songs for other artists, and composed music for movies.
|The whole band|
|An intimate moment with her husband, Neil Giraldo|
|Neil Giraldo and their bassist|