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:

For more than 100 years, black cowboys played an essential role in Fort Bend County ranching operations. At the George Ranch specifically, four generations of black cowboys worked alongside four generations of the George family, leaving behind a rich legacy of black cowboy heritage that is unique to this part of Texas.

This February, the inaugural George Ranch Rodeo will spotlight this amazing history and honor James and Willie Thomas. The Thomas brothers grew up at the George Ranch and, from a young age, rode anything they could – including 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 and Willie became one of the best professional bull riders of his era. (Willie’s contributions to the field have now been recognized by the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.)

This full-day event has an estimated attendance of 500+ and will include a rodeo with prize pots, slack events, mutton-busting, a variety of food and marketplace vendors, entertainment and other fun activities for children.


General Admission:


Box Seats (Includes Park admission for the day!):


 Gold Buckle Sponsors

Bronze Badge Sponsors

Friendswood Development Company
Jane M. Goodsill
Tax Tech, Inc.
Triquest Management Services

Media Sponsor

absolutely! Focus Media


Jan & Bill Meitzen

Event Sponsors

Boot Barn | Gingerbread Kids Academy | Regina & Commissioner Vincent Morales
CeeCee & David Parker | Sins Forgiven Christian Center
Smith, Murdaugh, Little & Bonham, L.L.P. | The Law Office of Brian J. Knipling
MedExpress Urgent Care | Commissioner Grady Prestage

Special Friends

KWL Travel • Si Environmental, Inc. • Next Level Urgent Care • Sunbelt Rentals

Rodeo Participants

Rodeo entry is text in only starting on 2/11/19 from 6-10pm at 281-217-3951. One-header show – first 10 to text-in go in the show.

Books open at 8am, slack starts at 9am on February 16, 2019. Contestants will receive a $5 return for admission once fees are paid.

PRIZE MONEY: $3,000 | ENTRY FEE: $65 | Bull riding ($750) Steer Wrestling ($500) Tie-Down Calf Roping ($500) Team Roping ($500) Women Barrel Race ($500) Women Steer Undecorating ($250). Must have a minimum of 10 Contestants per event to add total prize money.

JR Barrel Racing, PW/JR Breakaway & PW/JR Tie-Down – Entry Fee $30. Mutton Busting – Entry Fee $20, weight limit 65lbs.

SHOW TIME is Saturday, February 16 at 7:00pm. UTD Negative Coggins Required. Please Bring An Extra Copy.

Sponsorships & Underwriting Opportunities

Click here to download the Partnership Package.

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

Craft Vendor Opportunities

Click here to download the Craft Vendor Packet.

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering? We would love to have you for this fun and educational rodeo! Please visit here to register and see our volunteer opportunities.