Follow Me for a Behind the Scene Look at the Grand National Rodeo

It was such a hoot to dust off my Stetson and pull on my cowboy boots to horse around backstage at the Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace.

What made it such a blast to mingle with the competitors and their horses was to see all the pre-competition preparation that makes the riders and their horses sparkle in the arena and shine for the judges.

There was a frenzy of horse grooming going on and a highly calibrated donning of matching outfits for the riders.

Some of our competitors waiting to enter the arena to meet the judges

I was surprised to see how much glitter was sprinkled liberally on the competitors and their steeds. It was enough to make any Los Vegas showgirl swoon.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

After all, the contestants have to pull out all the stops for the largest rodeo event in the United States.

  The San Mateo Color Guard, with Willow on the left, waiting for their turn to meet the judges

I was really there to root for the San Mateo Color Guard. As you may know from my previous posts, my horse Willow is ridden by one of their members.

My love of all things Western was clarified for me when I learned how the Cow Palace got its name.

I just learned that the idea for the Cow Palace was originally conceived as the result of the popularity of the livestock pavilion at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition that was headed up by my grandfather Daniel Lively.



That was an exciting discovery, as was learning that Willow and the San Mateo Color Guard won the title of Grand Champion Color Guard Unit!  “YIPPEE”!





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  • Jim
    October 19, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Congratulations Jenifer! I just returned form dinner with your lovely daughter in London!! The apple didn’t fall far the tree, Averell is a lovely as you.
    love – Jim

    October 19, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    OH, this history stuff is SO much FUN!I have a GREAT GRANDFATHER…….another one who helped build the PALACE of FINE ARTS for the FAIR!!!!!
    OF COURSE WILLOW and his TEAM WON……………..BRAVO!!!

  • Lou Ann
    October 24, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    How fun! I wish I could have been there to cheer for Willow.


  • Jennifer
    October 25, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks Lou Ann. I wish you could have been there too!

  • Jennifer
    October 25, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Maybe your great grandfather and my grandfather met along the way. How interesting! As always, it’s great to hear from you!

  • Jennifer
    October 25, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Hi Dearest Jim:
    Averell was so touched that you invited her and Alex to dinner and lunch while you were in London. She knows how popular and demand you are when you visit. She shared some photos of the two of you. She thinks of you as family as we all do.
    Much love,