The Patriot is the host of America’s richest combined equine events in terms of payout prize money for competitors, with more than $7 million going to both adult and youth rodeo competitors. It is the 4th largest rodeo in the world.
The Hooey Junior Patriot rodeo includes contestants age 6 to 19 in pole and barrel racing, bull riding and roping. It is the richest youth sporting payout in the world at $1.5 million.
Of 300 competitions worldwide, Fort Worth is home of the Patriot finales.
Draws 18,000 visitors per day, mostly from out of the DFW region, 60% from outside Texas.
This event, in its 9th year, brings 6,500+ contestants to DFW with their families, friends and horses from 50 states and several other countries.
Hooey Youth Patriot is equivalent to World Little League or other youth sports playoffs, but they get checks as well as trophies.
FREE admission to Will Rogers arenas during the day, March 2-5, 9 a.m. Thursday, March 2 – Best Calf Roping, 6 p.m., $20 on Stubwire.com, $25 at the door
Friday, March 3 – Junior Patriot Calcutta, 7 p.m., Free admission
Saturday, March 4 – Hooey Junior Patriot Rodeo Finals, 6 p.m., $20 on Stubwire.com, $25 at the Door
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