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.

Recent aerial photos of the facility improvements. Thank you Lee Lewis Construction.
02/17/2020

Recent aerial photos of the facility improvements. Thank you Lee Lewis Construction.

"The Western Heritage Classic is the real deal!" Real Cowboy. Real Chuckwagon Cuisine." - Abilene Reporter-News 2017! Do...
02/11/2020

"The Western Heritage Classic is the real deal!" Real Cowboy. Real Chuckwagon Cuisine." - Abilene Reporter-News 2017!
Don't forget to purchase your Chuckwagon Cookoff tickets Monday, April 20 at 10:00am!

💥87 more days until the 2020 Western Heritage Classic❗️🤠Visit Abilene, Texas May 7-10 to see activities that are designe...
02/10/2020

💥87 more days until the 2020 Western Heritage Classic❗️🤠
Visit Abilene, Texas May 7-10 to see activities that are designed to embody the essence of cowboy lifestyle and history‼️

Mark your calendars for Monday, March 2 Western Heritage Classic Ranch Rodeo fan club tickets go on sale at 10:00 am!  I...
02/04/2020

Mark your calendars for Monday, March 2 Western Heritage Classic Ranch Rodeo fan club tickets go on sale at 10:00 am! If you have purchased tickets in the past 5 years, you will be eligible to purchase tickets on March 2. Tickets will then be made available to the public on April 20 at 10:00.

Jake Hooker and the Outsiders will be performing at the 2020 Western Heritage Classic on May 9 from 10:00pm - 1:00am! Ti...
01/31/2020

Jake Hooker and the Outsiders will be performing at the 2020 Western Heritage Classic on May 9 from 10:00pm - 1:00am! Tickets will be available soon!

Four of the countries best and most awarded contemporary cowboy poets will entertain and enlighten us with poems both cl...
01/30/2020

Four of the countries best and most awarded contemporary cowboy poets will entertain and enlighten us with poems both classic and contemporary at this year's Cowboys and Poetry Under the Stars Event. This event is free to attend thanks to our Sponsor Frontier Texas! Don't miss this one of a kind event Thursday, May 7 at 8:00pm! This event will be held on the Taylor County Expo Center grounds near the Chuckwagon Cookoff area.
https://www.westernheritageclassic.com/events/2020/cowboy-poetry-under-the-stars

The Matched Horse Race entry form is now available online! Watch as horse and rider face off against competing teams and...
01/27/2020

The Matched Horse Race entry form is now available online! Watch as horse and rider face off against competing teams and the clock for a total purse of $1,000 and the winner a Buckle Set by Clint Conder. To enter online, please click the link below and scroll down to register at the bottom of the page.
https://www.westernheritageclassic.com/events/2020/cowboy-matched-horse-races

We mourn the loss of our good friend and volunteer, Jody Kelley. We ask you keep his family and friends in your prayers.
01/18/2020

We mourn the loss of our good friend and volunteer, Jody Kelley. We ask you keep his family and friends in your prayers.

Check out the Exclusive YETI Western Heritage Classic Souvenir mugs and ramblers that will be sold at this year's Wester...
01/17/2020

Check out the Exclusive YETI Western Heritage Classic Souvenir mugs and ramblers that will be sold at this year's Western Heritage Classic! Thank you YETI for partnering with the Western Heritage Classic! Visit Abilene, Texas May 7-10, 2020 for a one of a kind event!

Western Heritage Classic Children's event prizes are in! Children who place 1-3 during the stickhorse Rodeo event will r...
01/16/2020

Western Heritage Classic Children's event prizes are in! Children who place 1-3 during the stickhorse Rodeo event will receive a book Rowdy the dog written by Dr. Rebekah Hartfield! Dr. Hartfield
Sign up today by visiting our website www.westernheritageclassic.com

"A fine hat fits like a good friend." ~ Charles M. RussellRussell, an American artist known for his beautiful paintings ...
01/15/2020

"A fine hat fits like a good friend." ~ Charles M. Russell

Russell, an American artist known for his beautiful paintings of the Old American West, knew a thing or two about cowboy culture. We agree and are thankful for the many friends that join us each year for Western Heritage Classic in Abilene, Texas.

We hope you are making plans to Visit Abilene, Texas at the Taylor County Expo Center for our 2020 WHC May 7-10 with your favorite cowboy hat on!

#nationalhatday

Chuckwagon Cookoff Tickets go on Sale April 20, 2020, at 10:00am! Mark your calendars and Visit Abilene, Texas May 7-10 ...
01/07/2020

Chuckwagon Cookoff Tickets go on Sale April 20, 2020, at 10:00am! Mark your calendars and Visit Abilene, Texas May 7-10 as dozens of chuckwagons from across the southwest vie for Cookoff Champion titles. You won't want to miss this authentic and unique cuisine!

01/06/2020
125 Days until the 2020 Western Heritage Classic! #RanchRodeo #Matchedhorseraces #Chuckwagoncookoff
01/03/2020

125 Days until the 2020 Western Heritage Classic! #RanchRodeo #Matchedhorseraces #Chuckwagoncookoff

💥💥Mark your calendars💥💥 for Monday, March 2 at 10:00am‼️The 2020 Western Heritage Classic Ranch Rodeo PRE-SALE Tickets 🎟...
12/31/2019

💥💥Mark your calendars💥💥 for Monday, March 2 at 10:00am‼️The 2020 Western Heritage Classic Ranch Rodeo PRE-SALE Tickets 🎟 will go on sale. If you have purchased Ranch Rodeo tickets in the past five years you will have exclusive access to purchase your tickets first! 🤠Visit Abilene, Texas May 7-10, 2020 to see this one of a kind event❗️

The Western Heritage Classic parade will take place on May 7 at 6:30 pm in downtown Abilene, Texas. Thank you to our Spo...
12/30/2019

The Western Heritage Classic parade will take place on May 7 at 6:30 pm in downtown Abilene, Texas. Thank you to our Sponsors and volunteers for making this event happen.

Merry Christmas from your friends at the Western Heritage Classic!
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from your friends at the Western Heritage Classic!

Tour the largest Bit & Spur show at the 2020 Western Heritage Classic May 7-10, 2020. Buy, Sell, trade or just see the s...
12/23/2019

Tour the largest Bit & Spur show at the 2020 Western Heritage Classic May 7-10, 2020. Buy, Sell, trade or just see the spectacular display of collectible, antique, and contemporary western items. Visit Abilene, Texas to see the bit & spur makers from across the United States showcase their products.

Western Heritage Classic
12/23/2019

Western Heritage Classic

Texas Animal Health Commission
12/21/2019

Texas Animal Health Commission

Santa's reindeer are healthy and cleared to enter Texas! Thanks Dr. Gerlach, Alaska State Veterinarian, for getting the CVI in on time. 🦌🎅🎄❄️ Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

#happyholidays #santasreindeer #santascomingtotexas

Western Heritage Classic's cover photo
12/20/2019

Western Heritage Classic's cover photo

Taylor County Expo Center
12/20/2019

Taylor County Expo Center

Sheet rock is being installed in the new arena! The seats on the bleacher frames will be just like the seats in the Taylor County Coliseum. Lee Lewis Construction, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc., Gayland Hall

Taylor County Expo Center
12/18/2019

Taylor County Expo Center

The new arena roof was completed yesterday!! The construction is on track and moving quickly.

Horses have left an irreversible mark on our culture here in Abilene, Texas. We are honored to showcase these majestic a...
12/13/2019

Horses have left an irreversible mark on our culture here in Abilene, Texas. We are honored to showcase these majestic animals every year during the Western Heritage Classic. Please join us May 7-10th and see why we are proud to celebrate
#dayofthehorse #WHC #visitabilenetexas

Photos by: Devin Sisk Photography

Taylor County Expo Center
12/12/2019

Taylor County Expo Center

So impressed with the speed of Lee Lewis Construction and the subs on our arena! The south wall is up and all the framework for the seats has been installed. We will be ready for Western Heritage Classic!

#ThrowbackThursday to the 2018 Western Heritage Classic Ranch Rodeo! Mark your calendars for May 7-10 for the 2020 Weste...
12/12/2019

#ThrowbackThursday to the 2018 Western Heritage Classic Ranch Rodeo! Mark your calendars for May 7-10 for the 2020 Western Heritage Classic in Abilene, Texas!

150 more days until the 2020 Western Heritage Classic! Visit Abilene, Texas
12/09/2019

150 more days until the 2020 Western Heritage Classic! Visit Abilene, Texas

#Flashback to the 2015 Western Heritage Classic Parade in Downtown Abilene, Texas!
12/06/2019

#Flashback to the 2015 Western Heritage Classic Parade in Downtown Abilene, Texas!

Happy Thanksgiving!
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

#Flashback to the 2016 Western Heritage Classic Ranch Rodeo Matthews/Nail Ranch.
11/22/2019

#Flashback to the 2016 Western Heritage Classic Ranch Rodeo Matthews/Nail Ranch.

2020 Western Heritage Classic will take place on May 7 - 10th! Who's ready for another year of the Matched Horse Races! ...
11/13/2019

2020 Western Heritage Classic will take place on May 7 - 10th! Who's ready for another year of the Matched Horse Races! #WesternWednesday #WHC #AbileneTexas

Western Heritage Classic
11/11/2019

Western Heritage Classic

Western Heritage Classic's cover photo
11/11/2019

Western Heritage Classic's cover photo

Thank you to all the Veterans who have served and continue to serve our country.
11/11/2019

Thank you to all the Veterans who have served and continue to serve our country.

💥💥Mark your calendars💥💥 for May 7-10, 2020❗️The 36th Annual Western Heritage Classic will be back at the Taylor County E...
11/01/2019

💥💥Mark your calendars💥💥 for May 7-10, 2020❗️The 36th Annual Western Heritage Classic will be back at the Taylor County Expo Center! 🤠#188Days

10/29/2019
#ThrowbackThursday to the 2016 Western Heritage Classic Ranch Rodeo!
10/24/2019

#ThrowbackThursday to the 2016 Western Heritage Classic Ranch Rodeo!

Flashback to 2016 Western Heritage Classic Ranch Rodeo! Don't forget to mark your calendars for the 2020 Western Heritag...
10/18/2019

Flashback to 2016 Western Heritage Classic Ranch Rodeo! Don't forget to mark your calendars for the 2020 Western Heritage Classic which will take place May 7 - 10, 2020!

Taylor County Expo Center
10/17/2019

Taylor County Expo Center

Watching the roof go up on the building was fun, but these pictures....WOW! Thank you to Lee Lewis Construction for taking and sharing these photos with us!

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

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We are currently gathering auction items for the Spur Show. I would love to speak with you to discuss donations or splits on any items such as buckles, bits, jewelry etc. Please call me at 806-317-4727. https://www.facebook.com/events/620946111675359/
THANK YOU AND BLESS THE SOUL THAT FOUND AND TURNED IN MY WALLET!
What events are happening today? Just cowboy chruch?
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.
Tongue River Ranch 2018
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
Bob Moorehouse, Tad Sanders, Tom Moorehouse, 2017