The bull is the most ferocious beast a man can ride, since saddling a seahorse invariably causes saltytongue. Watch the terra-top thrill with today's Groupon: for $5, you get one adult-admission ticket to the Tejas Rodeo (a $10 value), located roughly 30 miles north of San Antonio in Bulverde. Rodeos occur every Saturday night through mid-November. Gates open at 5 p.m., with smokehouse eats and activities available before the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Inside the covered grandstands, you'll witness around an hour of full rodeo action, including bull riding, rodeo clowns, barrel riding, calf roping, and competitive puppy kissing. Lasso your inner vaquero as the talented athletes demonstrate mastery in the arena and gather data for your study on the relative scariness of clowns versus angry bulls. The family-friendly event lets kids get in on the action with a calf scramble, in which wee ones can expend some energy and get a workout chasing scampering calves. Wrangle a meal with bare hands from Tejas Rodeo's smokehouse, where tender barbecue ribs are cooked onsite ($9 for one meat and two sides) alongside tot-friendly stand-bys including hamburgers ($5) and hotdogs ($3.25). After the rodeo, head outside to tap your boots and two-step, 10-step, or dance the traveling cha-cha until dawn to live music.
For an extra-cost, patrons can ride the mechanical bull or just pretend they did through the magic of the photo bull. If your Saturday dance cards are already filled for the summer, you can use your Groupon toward the occasionally scheduled Friday-night rodeo.
San Antonio Business Journal, San Antonio Express-News, and San Antonio Living all featured Tejas Rodeo. The rodeo has more than 1,200 fans on Facebook, and 10 TripAdvisors give it an average of 4.5 owl eyes:
- [Co-founder Yancey] James says he hears all the time from people that they have the best kept secret in San Antonio. But he is hopeful that as their popularity continues to grow by word-of-mouth, it won’t be such a secret in the future. – Mike W. Thomas, San Antonio Business Journal
- If you want to experience-in one location-true "cowboy Texas", Tejas Rodeo is the place to visit! Locals AND tourists keep coming back for more. – Nueces, TripAdvisor
- The people were friendly, the food was really good and my kids had a great time. – TXRR, TripAdvisor
Tejas Rodeo Company
Each year, as February draws to a close, the energy in Bulverde, Texas builds towards one thing: the opening of rodeo season. Tejas Rodeo Company kicks off the festivities in style, hosting celebrations of colts, cowboys, and cattle every Saturday night. There, horses pull chuck wagons, ranchers lasso longhorns, and brave souls ride bulls to the delight of the crowd, who can emulate their heroes on a mechanical bull. Fans can even keep track of the rodeo rankings and return each week to cheer on their favorites in tie downs and barrel races. And after the last cowboy tips his hat to the crowd every night, live musicians steal the spotlight with country music that's capable of luring any age to the dance floor.
Few things complement that rodeo spirit like a steak, and Tejas' Steakhouse and Saloon has enough steak to act as currency should the dollar fail. Chefs source premium Akaushi beef from Beeman Ranch, cut it into two-ounce medallions, and season it with a signature rub before searing it to order. And those cuts of meat look right at home between the restaurant's walls. Wood paneling brims with saddles, chaps, pistols, and other authentic cowboy artifacts. The oldest item there? "Yellow Boy," a Winchester rifle made in 1870, the same year the color yellow was invented.