STOCK SHOW COMMITTEES
Ag Development Fund
Supporting hardworking Stock Show youth goes to the heart of the Ag Development Fund Committee’s purpose. Funds raised by committee members support prices paid for steers, lambs, goats and pigs sold by 4-H and FFA youth for their market animals. Solicitations start at $100 and can go up to $10,000. Committee members meet at a special luncheon in October to kick off the annual fund drive that concludes on December 1 each year.
Sporting custom-made blazers made by legendary western tailor, M.L Leddy’s, Ambassadors stand ready to answer questions and help make the Stock Show guest’s visit enjoyable. Stationed at information booths in the Amon G. Carter Exhibits Hall and the Richardson-Bass Building as well as pedestrian entry points, Ambassadors assist guests with directions and Stock Show information to get their visit off to a great start.
Calf Scramble Committee
Stimulating an interest in cattle production and supporting higher education goes to the heart of the Calf Scramble Committee’s objectives. Committee members solicit sponsorships in $500 increments for heifer purchase certificates presented to winners of the Calf Scramble event held during FWSSR rodeo performances. Funds are also raised to support the Calf Scramble’s scholarship program, which awards roughly $275,000 annually. In addition, committee members manage the calf scramble competition during rodeo performances and select scholarship recipients.
Equine Scholarship Committee
The Equine Scholarship Committee raises more than $90,000 annually for scholarships awarded to the high point youth competitors in three breed registry shows: American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association and the Pony of the Americas Club. Scholarships awarded through the Equine IQ Contest and the Equine Speech Contest are also funded by the committee’s work.
Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate
The Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate, organized in 1980, is an independent 501 (c) (3) organization that supports the Stock Show’s Junior Sale of Champions. In addition to raising funds to purchase steers in the auction, Syndicate members solicit funds to support the Jim Bob Norman Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to 4-H and FFA youth in Texas. Syndicate members meet monthly during the fall leading up to the Stock Show each year.
Making arriving exhibitors and competitors feel welcomed to the Stock Show is the main function of this legendary committee. Livestock and horse exhibitors are “greeted” by committee members when they arrive on the Stock Show grounds and offered information and assistance related to stalling assignments, trailer parking and other matters pertinent to their move-in. Professional rodeo contestants are also assisted with transporting gear and family members to the Rodeo Secretary’s office and the Stock Show’s rodeo contestant hospitality area.
Guns and Roses Committee
Art aficionados make up this committee devoted to cultivating the next generation men and women who will create masterpieces from canvas and clay. This devoted group of educators, artists and others rejuvenated the Stock Show’s art contest in 2011 expanding its reach throughout Texas. Besides raising scholarship funds, committee members play important roles in the execution of the contest and its awards ceremony.
Hispanic Advisory Committee
Strengthening common cultural values between the Hispanic community and others through the Stock Show experience is the Hispanic Advisory Committee’s main charge. Committee members provide input to Stock Show officials to foster a welcoming family-focused destination and to enhance bi-national relationships that promote international agricultural trade.
Horse Show Superintendents
Horse Show Superintendents are responsible for the on-the-ground execution of the department’s schedule throughout the FWSSR’s 23-day run. Superintendents are assigned to specific shows sanctioned by 10 associations and registries. While many superintendents serve approximately four days, some assist throughout the Stock Show’s 23-day run. These dedicated men and women come from all walks of life but with a common passion – horses.
Helping bring the world a little closer together, the Stock Show’s International Committee keeps the welcome mat open to our international guests all 23 days of the Show. Working from the Show’s International Suite, committee members help guests from across the globe with assistance ranging from help purchasing a rodeo ticket to introducing foreign buyers of livestock and agricultural equipment to area ranchers and businesses.
Livestock Show Superintendents
Livestock Show Superintendents play crucial roles in executing both open and junior livestock shows. Checking in animals, ensuring each show is run efficiently and on time as well as maintaining records and reporting results to the Livestock Department staff are important responsibilities of these dedicated men and women.
Ensuring the Stock Show’s legendary parade is safe and enjoyable for participants and spectators is the key responsibility for Parade Committee members. The work can be demanding, but the thrill of the legendary “all-western parade” on a bright and crisp January morning puts us all in the Stock Show frame-of-mind and is a rewarding volunteer experience.
Local firefighters, EMTs and safety industry experts make up this crucial behind-the-scenes committee. Members work multiple shifts – typically five hours each – throughout the 23-day run of the Show. Duties consist of inspecting the Stock Show premises and notifying management of potential safety hazards. Committee members also complete and submit accident reports to management.
Supporting our growing Stock Show Experience program, Tour Committee members assist staff with ensuring program guests receive the amenities, service and support that makes the Stock Show Experience one they’ll never forget. Helping arrange behind-the-scenes tours, special meals and meet-and-greets are how Tour Committee members make the Stock Show Experience truly legendary.
Vine 2 Wine Committee
Does the art and science of wine making and grape growing pique your palate and imagination? Then consider joining the Vine 2 Wine committee. Volunteers fill a variety of needs and interact with some of Texas’ most noted sommeliers, wine makers, grape growers and foodies at Vine 2 Wine events that include Wine Camps (tasting workshops), Sip & Shop (shopping and wine sampling), Bubbles & Bites (champagne and food pairing) and a new wine competition.