The 87th annual Texas Cowboy Reunion is set to kick off on June 28 and continue until July 1 at the TCR rodeo grounds in Stamford, Texas. Following the successful debuts of matched horse races and women's breakaway roping at last year's rodeo, the events will be returning to the TCR in 2017. Steer wrestling has been added to the event list for the 2017 TCR.
The Texas Cowboy Reunion, founded in 1930 as a tribute to the Texas cowboy, has grown in size over the years. It is a gathering of working cowhands and professional rodeo cowboys aimed at honoring their traditions in the rodeo arena. In February 1930, a group of 13 Stamford businessmen met to discuss establishing some type of local celebration to counteract the area's morale during the Depression.
Since Stamford was central to several large ranches, a rodeo seemed appropriate, and, in order to make it unique, the founders named it the Texas Cowboy Reunion and dedicated it to preserving the heritage of the typical West Texas cowboy. That first year was a success in every way. Ninety-eight cowboys participated in four events.
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