Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials have announced that the 2011 RODEOHouston BP Super Series will be an international invitational championship open to the top cowboys in all of rodeo. The women’s barrel racing event will be lead-sanctioned by the WPRA and will be handled as in prior years.
The BP Super Series contestants will be competing for a purse of $1,555,366. The entire purse is provided by RODEOHouston, with no entry fees required from the contestants. Additionally, each contestant has the ability to earn at least $500 in bonus money by appearing at autograph sessions and making public appearances on behalf of RODEOHouston. Total cash commitment for RODEOHouston BP Super Series contestants exceeds $1.7 million.
The BP Super Series will feature invited championship contestants in bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping and women’s barrel racing. As in previous years, the 19-performance RODEOHouston BP Super Series will feature five series of three rounds each with eight contestants per event–except for women’s barrel racing, which will have 10 contestants; two Semifinal Rounds with 10 contestants per each event; one Wild Card Round with 12 contestants per each event; and a Championship Round featuring 10 contestants per each event. This format will result in 40 contestants per event, except for women’s barrel racing, which will have 50 contestants.
Show officials emphasize that the 2011 RODEOHouston BP Super Series presentation will remain similar to the event presented in Reliant Stadium the previous four years, with the exception of fewer total contestants, an increased purse, new contestant selection criteria and minor ground rule changes in three events.
Selection criteria for invitation to the 2011 RODEOHouston BP Super Series for all events, except women’s barrel racing, include:
- Past RODEOHouston BP Super Series Champions (2007-2010)
- Reigning Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Champions
- Top five in the 2011 published world standings (as of Dec. 1, 2010)
- Remaining invitations will come from the published 2010 world standings.
- Alternate entries will be accepted after the closing of the invited entries. Entered alternates will be used to fill positions of invited contestants who do not complete the entry process.
In addition to the above criteria, bull riding invitations will include the reigning PBR Champion and the Reigning CBR Champion. Team roping invitations will include the reigning USTRC Champion(s). Selection criteria for women’s barrel racing will be as published by the WPRA.
For all events other than women’s barrel racing, a listing of invited contestants will be posted at rodeohouston.com and electronic invitations will be sent as soon as possible. Invited contestants will be able to enter online at rodeohouston.com beginning Dec. 13, 2010, with the entry deadline closing Dec. 20. Entries for alternate contestants will be open Dec. 21 and close Dec. 28.
Completed and accepted entries will include a Letter of Agreement between each contestant and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The terms and conditions of this Letter of Agreement will be posted at rodeohouston.com on or before Dec. 7, 2010.
The 2011 RODEOHouston BP Super Series is an independent production and presentation of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and it is not affiliated with or sanctioned by the PRCA.