George Ranch Rodeo

1st Annual George Ranch Rodeo

Honoring Fort Bend County’s Black Cowboy Legacy

Spotlighting George Ranch Cowboys James & Willie Thomas

Hosted by the Fort Bend History Association

Date & Location:

Saturday, February 16, 2019 | All Day
George Ranch Historical Park Arena | 10215 FM 762, Richmond, Texas 77469


The educational program efforts of the George Ranch Historical Park

About the Event:

Black cowboys were an essential part of the ranching story of the George Ranch and Fort Bend County from the 1830s to the 1930s. Four generations of black cowboys worked for four generations of the Jones-Ryon-Davis-George families, often taking leadership roles in the ranching operations. This community-based rodeo is part of the Fort Bend History Association’s Fort Bend Heritage Project, which launched in the fall of 2017.

The rodeo’s mission is to showcase the rich black cowboy legacy at the George Ranch Historical Park and in Fort Bend County for a new generation of residents. This full-day event will include a rodeo with prize pots, slack events, a variety of food and marketplace vendors, entertainment and fun activities for younger participants.

This inaugural event will spotlight brothers James and Willie Thomas, who grew up at the George Ranch and, from a young age, rode anything they could – including the Ranch pigs! Both brothers went on to compete in professional rodeos: James rode bare back until he left the cowboy life to serve in the U.S. Army. Willie became one of the best professional bull riders in his era, and his contributions to the field have now been recognized by the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

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Questions? Contact Zarinah K. Poole at 281-342-1256 or


Will be available in November 2018.