Western Heritage Classic

Western Heritage Classic May 7-10, 2020. Fan Club tickets will go on Sale Monday, March 2 at 10:00am!

THE IDEA THAT STARTED WITH A FEW COWBOYS GATHERING TO HAVE SOME FUN AND SHOW OFF WHAT THEY DO FOR A LIVING HAS TURNED INTO A SPECTACULAR THREE-DAY EVENT HELD IN MAY ANNUALLY AND IS ENJOYED BY THOUSANDS OF WESTERN HERITAGE ENTHUSIASTS. In 1985, a few local cowboys formed teams to compete in authentic ranch activities that involved a scoring system used to determine who was the best working ranch. It was an event that not only challenged the participants but it drew a crowd and established a way to support a local charity. Long before the name Western Heritage Classic was recognized, the ranch rodeo competition included five events – bronc riding, wild cow milking, team penning, team roping and calf branding. Points accumulated over a two-day period. The same format is still followed today. As the event began to grow, organizers set a goal to build a prestigious event that would preserve western heritage traditions. Activities during the annual event are designed to embody the essence of cowboy lifestyle and history. Everything that happens during the three-day event ties back to the cowboy heritage and "the way it was" back on the ranch generations ago. Today, the Western Heritage Classic is recognized internationally. Held on the grounds of the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene, Texas, the three-day weekend event's showcase is the Ranch Rodeo; though it offers many activities that feature western interests as well as history. These activities include: the World's Largest Bit & Spur Show, a Chuckwagon Cookoff, Matched Horse Races, Children's Stickhorse Rodeo, Cowboy Poets & Western Artisans, Ranch Horse Clinics, Western Trade Show, a Western Gala, the Rhinestone Round-Up, a Ranch Horse Sale, the World Finals RHAACompetition, and a giant Western Parade. All of these events add to the wide range that the Western Heritage Classic offers spectators each year.

Texas High School Rodeo Association
06/08/2020

Texas High School Rodeo Association

It was a TIGHT competition today that ended with Co-State Champions in the Boy's Cutting event. Russell Bushaw dominated every round and Carson Ray threw down one of the best cutting performances we have ever seen scoring a 153 today. Let's just say we are going to be well represented at Nationals.🤠

Congrats to Mason Rust and Benjamin James, who also earned a spot on the Texas National Team.

For full boys cutting results:
https://rodeoprogram.com/texashs/boyc.htm
📷 Jennings Rodeo Photography

06/08/2020
Visit Abilene, Texas

Visit Abilene, Texas

When you're ready to hit the open road, Abilene will be here, strong.
Plot a road trip here: abilenevisitors.com

Taylor County Expo Center
05/29/2020

Taylor County Expo Center

Taylor Telecom Arena Ribbon Cutting event pictures. Thank you to everyone who came out! Crosslet Photography and Videography

Crosslet Photography and Videography
05/29/2020

Crosslet Photography and Videography

A major congratulations to Taylor County Expo Center for the grand opening of the Taylor Telecom Arena! It was great to see this grand opening, along with The Hardin-Simmons Six White Horses riding in the arena. Can't wait to see the big things that will be hosted here!

Western Heritage Classic's cover photo
05/15/2020

Western Heritage Classic's cover photo

Running into your Friday afternoon. Have a great weekend! #budweiserclydesdales #whc #justkeepranching
05/15/2020

Running into your Friday afternoon. Have a great weekend! #budweiserclydesdales #whc #justkeepranching

Taylor County Expo Center
05/14/2020

Taylor County Expo Center

💥BREAKING NEWS💥

The Expo Center of Taylor County and First Financial Bank Texas signed a 4-year agreement to name the Livestock Barn the First Financial Pavilion. The First Financial Pavilion was built in 2018 and was part of Phase 1 of 3 of the $55,000,000 bond election passed by Taylor County residents in 2016.

Hundreds of thousands of spectators and exhibitors visit the Expo Center grounds every year to compete in roping events, barrel racing, cutting events and rodeo. Many of the events are agriculture-related and benefit the youth of our region. The First Financial Pavilion will be home to the youth showing at the West Texas Fair & Rodeo in September and the Taylor County Livestock Show in January. A portion of the proceeds from the Naming Rights deal will benefit the youth at the Taylor County Livestock Show during the premium sale. Funds from the premium sale can be used to purchase feed and products needed to maintain the integrity and health of their animals when they compete in future shows.

The First Financial Pavilion showcases an arena that is 129’x600’, large enough to fit three separate events. The First Financial Pavilion also has an office for secretaries and an additional room for hospitality. The First Financial Pavilion is equipped to handle over 800 stalls with electricity to each individual stall. Lastly, the building is equipped with a vet room and four large tanks that are a rainwater harvesting system that is used to conserve water to care for our facilities.

05/13/2020
Thank you WHC Fans and Family

The last week has been a testament to the true nature of our fans and family as you have all shown us so much love and support during this disappointing, but not defining, time. It was a true joy to bring small snippets of our event online for our followers to enjoy and help spotlight so many of our wonderful experiences. We hope you all have a wonderful #westernwedneday and #justkeepranching See you all May 6-9, 2021! #visitAbileneTexas Visit Abilene, Texas #whc #whc2020

#makingplansmonday It's never too early to start making plans to Visit Abilene, Texas next year for our 2021 Western Her...
05/11/2020

#makingplansmonday It's never too early to start making plans to Visit Abilene, Texas next year for our 2021 Western Heritage Classic May 6-9! We are proud to be part of the cowboys, characters and culture that make Abilene unique. The community of Abilene fully embraces the spirit of the Western lifestyle and our event every year. Thank you ABILENE we are forever thankful for your support!

Check out the Top 10 Things to do in Abilene and begin planning your trip TODAY! #cowboyscharactersandculture #justkeepranching #whc2020 #whc

https://www.abilenevisitors.com/Top_10_Things_to_Do_in_Abilene

#makingplansMonday As you prepare to keep your little ranch rodeo fans busy at home this week, make sure to check out Dr...
05/11/2020

#makingplansMonday As you prepare to keep your little ranch rodeo fans busy at home this week, make sure to check out Dr. Hartfield's page and website. On the page you will find LIVE videos of her reading all 3 of her fabulous children's books. If you check out Dr. Hartfield's website at https://www.doctorhartfield.com/kids-page you will find activities ranging from coloring pages to meeting her characters. We are thankful to have Dr. Hartfield as sponsor for the Haney Cannon Stickhorse Rodeo. As Brandi Moeller, Committee Chair for the Haney Cannon Stickhorse Rodeo, has said "The Western Heritage is such a great event each year that has something for the whole family."

We will see you and your buckaroos next year May 6-9, 2021! #justkeepranching #whc2020 #WHC

05/10/2020

THANK YOU!

05/10/2020
Western Heritage Classic

Join us for a LIVE viewing of the 2019 WHC Ranch Rodeo!

Sit back and enjoy this gritty and spirited evening of ranch rodeo! We hope you all enjoy this look back at 2019 and decide to Visit Abilene, Texas in 2021 to see this great Ranch Rodeo competition for yourself in the Taylor Telecom Arena May 7-8th, 2021. #justkeepranching #whc2020 #whc

Video credit: D&C Productions, Jody Duggan
Announcing: Bob Tallman & Doug Mathis

05/10/2020

Sit back and enjoy this gritty and spirited evening of ranch rodeo! We hope you all enjoy this look back at 2019 and decide to Visit Abilene, Texas in 2021 to see this great Ranch Rodeo competition for yourself in the Taylor Telecom Arena May 7-8th, 2021. #justkeepranching #whc2020 #whc

Video credit: D&C Productions, Jody Duggan
Announcing: Bob Tallman & Doug Mathis

05/09/2020
Matched Horse Races

It's impossible to recreate the excitement and anticipation in the air at the Matched Horse Races. This event's intense competition and fun atmosphere draws large crowds every year. We wanted to share some fun clips and photos from previous years' races to give our followers a taste of this fun event, because we know you will want to come out next year to experience it yourself if you've never been! #justkeepranching #whc2020 #whc

The Western Heritage Classic Ranch Rodeo is a wonderful display of the skill and grit each of the competing ranches poss...
05/09/2020

The Western Heritage Classic Ranch Rodeo is a wonderful display of the skill and grit each of the competing ranches possess. Each team holds significant historical value for the ranching and cowboy culture and take pride in continuing these traditions. I invite you to follow the link below each photo to learn about the history and interesting facts about each ranch. We look forward to next year and watching these teams work together to bring home to their ranch the pride and prizes that come with top honors. It will be a sight to see in the Taylor Telecom Arena, so make plans to Visit Abilene, Texas May 6-9, 2021! #whc2020 #justkeepranching #whc #AbileneTexas
Photo Credit: Devin Sisk Photography

05/09/2020
Rhinestone Round Up is a wonderful evening of dining, dancing and of course a little bit of rodeo, but did you know it b...
05/08/2020

Rhinestone Round Up is a wonderful evening of dining, dancing and of course a little bit of rodeo, but did you know it benefits the Junior League of Abilene. These ladies partner with us to plan and host this fun event that raises funds to benefit the Abilene area.

This year with the cancellation, we would love for you to learn a little bit about the Junior League's giving and if you feel you can contribute, follow the link below and make a contribution to this great group of community minded women that are leaving their mark on Abilene. Every dollar counts!

https://www.jrleagueabilene.com/support-us/ways-to-give-donate-now/

#JustKeepRanching #WHC2020 #WHC

Each year it is a joy and privilege to shop with and support the vendors at the WHC Trade Show. Each vendor helps create...
05/08/2020

Each year it is a joy and privilege to shop with and support the vendors at the WHC Trade Show. Each vendor helps create the fun and unique shopping experience with their specialty items and services. This year join us online for our Virtual Trade Show at westernheritageclassic.com to find many of our vendors' business information or check out our vendors' comments below.

2020 WHC Vendors, we invite you to share why you love WHC and post a link to your business website or social pages in the comments below.

We can't wait to see what our vendors bring to our event in 2021! See you May 6-9, 2021! #justkeepranching #whc2020 #whc

05/08/2020
Cowboy Poetry Under the Stars - Virtual Experience LIVE

In the spirit of our western Heritage, we invite you to an intimate evening of Cowboy poetry. A sometimes forgotten art form that has been carried on, mostly in the oral tradition, for over a century, cowboy poetry has stood the test of time as a vital part of our western, ranching and cowboy heritage. Four of the countries best and most awarded contemporary cowboy poets will entertain and enlighten us with poems both classic and contemporary, some serious and some funny, it will be an event you will not soon forget.

Presented By: Frontier Texas!

Gathering downtown Abilene for the annual Western Heritage Classic Parade is a tradition near and dear to many. We are t...
05/07/2020

Gathering downtown Abilene for the annual Western Heritage Classic Parade is a tradition near and dear to many. We are thankful for our Committee Chair, Kathy Grubb, volunteers and participants that make this possible year after year!

We were looking forward to honoring our 2020 WHC Parade Grand Marshall, John Matthews, at this year's parade. Check out our small tribute below to a living legend along with other highlights from our 2019 parade. We tip our hats to you Mr. Matthews! #justkeepranching #whc2020 #whc

05/07/2020

In the spirit of our western Heritage, we invite you to an intimate evening of Cowboy poetry. A sometimes forgotten art form that has been carried on, mostly in the oral tradition, for over a century, cowboy poetry has stood the test of time as a vital part of our western, ranching and cowboy heritage. Four of the countries best and most awarded contemporary cowboy poets will entertain and enlighten us with poems both classic and contemporary, some serious and some funny, it will be an event you will not soon forget.

Presented By: Frontier Texas!

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce you to the Western Heritage Classic Executive Committee. This wonderful group work...
05/07/2020

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce you to the Western Heritage Classic Executive Committee. This wonderful group work year round with our volunteers and staff to coordinate our beloved Western Heritage Classic. Each one has a passion for preserving and showcasing the benefits and beauty of the western way of life. #justkeepranching #whc2020 #whc

05/07/2020
Western Heritage Classic Rodeo Fans! Join us as we give you a peek into the brand new Taylor Telecom Arena!

We wish we were gathering here in the top-of-the-line Taylor Telecom Arena for our inaugural ride during the 2020 Western Heritage Classic. Instead we are proud to invite you in through this wonderful video created by Salty Roan to show you our newest addition to the Taylor County Expo Center. We look forward to having everyone out to Visit Abilene, Texas and enjoy this wonderful new facility May 6-9, 2021! #JustKeepRanching #WHC #WHC2020 #VisitAbilene

05/06/2020

Western Heritage Classic Virtual Experience

Sponsor Post 2 of 2: Please help us thank all of the Sponsors that make Western Heritage Classic possible every year! Cl...
05/06/2020

Sponsor Post 2 of 2: Please help us thank all of the Sponsors that make Western Heritage Classic possible every year! Click the link below and show your support by visiting their websites and using them for future business. We hope to have your support next year!
https://www.westernheritageclassic.com/sponsors.aspx

Sponsor Post 1 of 2: Please help us thank all of the Sponsors that make Western Heritage Classic possible every year! Cl...
05/06/2020

Sponsor Post 1 of 2: Please help us thank all of the Sponsors that make Western Heritage Classic possible every year! Click the link below and show your support by visiting their websites and using them for future business. We hope to have your support next year!
https://www.westernheritageclassic.com/sponsors.aspx

Don't forget to mark your calendars for tomorrow Thursday, May 7 at 8pm for the "Virtual" Cowboy Poetry Under the Stars ...
05/06/2020

Don't forget to mark your calendars for tomorrow Thursday, May 7 at 8pm for the "Virtual" Cowboy Poetry Under the Stars event! Tune in to the Western Heritage Classic page to see four of the countries best poets Jeff Gore, Chirs Isaacs, Teresa Burleson, and Jay Snider! Thank you Frontier Texas! for supporting this event!

You will want to round-up your herd for this online event! We are thrilled to share the schedule and more details with y...
05/05/2020

You will want to round-up your herd for this online event! We are thrilled to share the schedule and more details with you tomorrow. #justkeepranching #WHC2020 #WHC

Taylor County Expo Center
05/04/2020

Taylor County Expo Center

Grass is going in around the Taylor Telecom Arena!!!!

We are excited to announce the Western Heritage Classic Cowboy Poetry Under the Stars event will take place on Facebook ...
04/29/2020

We are excited to announce the Western Heritage Classic Cowboy Poetry Under the Stars event will take place on Facebook Live! Tune in Thursday, May 7 at 8pm to be a part of this memorable experience. Thank you Frontier Texas! for making this event possible! #WHC #Cowboy #Poetry

Taylor County Expo Center
04/29/2020

Taylor County Expo Center

Craig Dane Construction is putting in the roping chutes and bucking chutes today! Thanks Lee Lewis Construction, C Neil Easter, Gayland Hall, Glen Calvert, Priefert Rodeo & Ranch Equipment, Priefert Complex Designs, LLC

Ground Zero Equine Surfaces
04/27/2020

Ground Zero Equine Surfaces

As many of you know, John likes to bless each arena we touch. As we wrapped up our time at Taylor County Expo Center John would start each day blessing the ground. We are so thankful to have worked with these fine folks, and we pray for each of you who enjoy this new facility!

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Taylor County Expo Center, 1700 Highway 36
Abilene, TX
79602

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Big Country RV Park, sites available! $25.00 per night, full hook-ups all sites. Reservations unavaible, first come first serve.
Hey y'all!! We're Mad Chow and were going to be a food vendor at this event. We can't wait to serve you our Afrofusion yummy treats!! Vegans and vegetarians...we got you covered! Falafel, morogo fries (spinach smothered), veggie and spinach and cream cheese samosas.
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Thanks Western Heritage Classic for another great girls weekend. See ya next year!
'Just wondering about the Ranch teams... is the big Panhandle fire affecting any of them?
If someone has tickets for sale let me know. I need three for one or both nights. Thank you
Is the Rodeo sold out For Sat Night ? Thanks
What do tickets cost for 2 Seniors??? Thank you, Penny Marie Sasin-Lee