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Sharon at the Houston
Livestock Show and Rodeo

My Home Away From Home
March 3 - March 22, 2008

Sharon Camarillo at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Sharon does the Barrel Racing color
commentary yearly at the Houston
Livestock Show and Rodeo.

I am proud to say that I am 1/12 Texan! For the month of March since 1994, I reside in Houston, Texas, the home of Reliant Park and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. My stay in Texas truly is one of the highlights of my year. I have the opportunity to be a small part of a dedicated staff that combines their individual expertise to produce the largest and most prestigious livestock show and rodeo in the world.

Since1932, the show has focused on the promotion of Agriculture, Education, Entertainment and Western Heritage. Today, over 19,000 volunteers make up 98 committees that provide the work force for rodeo, concerts and entertainment, livestock and horse shows. The Houston Livestock Show is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to funding education, endowments, research and better agricultural practices. Ten million dollars was paid out in scholarships supporting the youth of Texas in 2007 alone. Even more amazing, the event generates over 300 million in economic benefit world wide through agricultural sales and education.

In a country where only 50% of our high school students are graduating from high school, students participating in a variety of programs from school art to the Junior Market Livestock Shows demonstrate that work ethic, academics and family commitment are alive and well in our young 4-H and FFA students, their families and agricultural advisors. It truly is an honor to be involved in a program that supports youth and education.

Sharon Camarillo at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Sharon, along with Boyd Polhamus,
came on board at the same time to
the televised Rodeo Houston.

As Color Commentator, representing the women involved in Barrel Racing, I am apart of a three man, one-woman broadcast team. I share announcing duties with Bill Bailey and National Finals Rodeo Announcing Team, Bob Tallman and Boyd Polhamus. Though Bill and Bob are Rodeo Houston icons with over 30 years experience, Boyd and I came on board when David Glodt of ProRodeo Films, Inc., was hired to produce and televise Rodeo Houston. Annually, the Championship Rounds can be viewed on pay per view and each performance is available world wide on CNN 360. Video clips are also available on RodeoUp.com, the official video site of the PRCA.

The Rodeo Houston Super Series was created in 2007 to increase purse money while promoting professional rodeo athletes. Only the 50 top contestants from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association are eligible to compete for their share of the 1.3 million in prize money. The 50 contestants are equally divided into five Super Series events with the top four money earners in each Super Series given the opportunity to move into Semi Finals competition. Riders that do not qualify out of the Semi Finals for the Championship Round are given one additional opportunity to qualify through the Wild Card Round. This exciting concept eventually boils down to a one head competition with the winner taking not only the money they have accumulated through out the elimination rounds but also a $50,000 bonus in each event. Over a million spectators viewed 20 action packed rodeo events and superstars in concert performances.

A win at Rodeo Houston immediately propels each event winner into the lead for his or her perspective World Standings. The win also assures them a top 15 position at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December. The stakes are high as are the rewards at Rodeo Houaston. Lindsay Sears, former Canadian rider and Texas Tec graduate, now from Ropesville, Texas, capably bested the tough field of Professional Barrel Racers to win Rodeo Houston and take the lead in the Barrel Racing World Standings.

Compliments and congratulations goes out to former student and winner of the 2007 Sharon Camarillo Look for the Star in You Award, Vickie Solmonsen from Riverton, Utah, for surviving the Super Series elimination rounds to qualify for the Semi Finals.

If you ever want to experience the greatest livestock show and rodeo in the world, combined with the top country music entertainers in concert, plan to make Houston a vacation destination for our 2009 show, March 3-23. For additional information, please visit the Rodeo Houston website.

Photos by David Clements.

Video by Rodeo Houston.