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The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, now in its 54th year, is one of the nation's premier rodeos, featuring some of the world's top cowboys, finest livestock and hottest musical performers. This year's Rodeo runs from Saturday, February 1, through Sunday, February 16.
Equipment: Cowboy terms and lingo
The inside of a bull's spin; this is NOT where a cowboy wants to land when exiting a bucking bull.
The best, most mighty of all; a "top hand" is a damn good cowboy.
A small, non-PRCA run rodeo; often a small-town event tied to a county fair.
This ritual marks the opening of a rodeo; riders on horseback gallop into the arena wearing colorful outfits and carrying flags; they make figure-8 or cloverleaf patterns as featured contestants are introduced, then all leave the arena to make room for the first event of the rodeo, bareback bronc riding.
The animal picked for a contestant to ride in a given event (this used to be drawn from a hat; now it is done by computer). A "good draw" is an animal the bucks with spirit and consistently (or that runs straight and sure for a timed event); a "bad draw" is the opposite or is impossible to ride.
A spring-loaded rope stretched across the opening of the chute; it is released to give the steer a headstart, but riders are docked 10 points if they cross it before they should (called "breaking the barrier").
Upon leaving the chute, the rider of a bucking bronc or bull must have his feet placed above the break of the horse's shoulder. If the cowboy's feet are not in the correct position when the horse hits the ground on its first jump out of the chute, he is disqualified.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: SBC Center
The missions are quite the distance between each other (at least for me) but there is a hiking and biking trail that connects them all. I suggest the entire trail only for experienced distance bikers but it could be fun for a few closer together.
From Mission Concepción to Mission Espada, eight (8) miles of dedicated paved pathways are reserved for the hiker and biker. An easy walk or ride, it is suitable for even young members of the family. [The land is very flat in Texas :)] The trail is not a loop, so the round-trip path is actually 16 miles. However, walkers and bikers can start at any of the four missions and travel to the next mission, making the round trip only six (6) miles. Water is available at each mission. Food is available near Missions Concepción and San José, but not near Missions San Juan and Espada, so plan accordingly (taken from website).
Just be careful of the HEAT in the summer!!
In case of emergencies there are call boxes along the trail.
*Check the website for construction and detour information that may be taking place periodically thoughtout the year.
Equipment: You have to provide your own equipment, and there is no renting at any of the ranger stations on the mission trail.
Updated Jan 24, 2011
Address: 2202 Roosevelt Avenue
Phone: (210) 534-8833
For those who like to move about and be very active while travelling but also enjoy the historical aspects of it, Espada Park is almost the perfect combination.
I came upon Espada Park as I was looking for Mission Espada. Espada Park doesn't consist of too much, except for a long concrete road that circles the water that was once used as an acqueduct that served most of the missions. It's pretty quiet here, with not too many visitors. But definitely a very nice-looking place to get some exercise.
Equipment: Walking/running shoes, plenty of water (especially in the summer!!), biking equipment if you like, skating perhaps, sun protection, and safety equipment
Written Jan 5, 2011
Address: 10040 Espada Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78214
Phone: (210) 534-8833
San Antonio is one of the major places around the country where there is likely always a sporting event of some sort being held there. It has played the host to multiple Final Four College Basketball Tournaments, NCAA Football events including the Alamo Bowl, and several others. The reason San Antonio is such a popular location is the great weather typically, as well as the plethora of hotels available, and the close proximity of the Alamo Dome which has a very large capacity for these events.
Written May 18, 2008
See the 4-time world champion Spurs play at the AT&T Center. There are a wide range of ticket prices (www.ticketmaster.com) for all budgets.
Equipment: The AT&T Center staff usually hand-out some kind of promotional item/noisemaker when you enter the building. You can bring a small camera, but leave the long lens at home. You'll have to check it with security!
Written Dec 24, 2007
So you can defend your self like I am.Just look for the kid with braces and you'll find me.It's $75 for Karate or Kickboxing or $120 for both karate and kickboxing.
5:00-6:00 young kids
6:00-7:00 pre teens and adults
7:00-8:00 Adult class
Saturday 10-12pm whoever
Equipment: Shin guards,protective shoes,gloves and helmet
Each $22 US
Updated Feb 4, 2006
Address: 1514 Base RD. at Blanco Rd
Phone: (210) 737-2337
One of the top National Basketball Association (NBA) teams, San Antonio Spurs, call San Antonio their home. Home games for the Spurs are played at the SBC Center. Call for schedule and tickets, or visit their web site and purchase your tickets on line. The Spurs extensive web site will give you information about the team and its players as well as ticket information, seating maps, prices, and detailed directions on how to get to the SBC Center. Note: besides being the home of the Spurs the SBC also hosts a variety of other types of sports and entertainment such as concerts.
Updated Jul 25, 2005
Website: Spurs: www.nba.com/spurs
Weather permitting, you can usually find a roller-hockey pick-up game at the University of Texas at San Antonio (Loop 1604 campus) on Thursday nights.
Folks arrive around 9:30 and play from 10 to as late as 1 a.m.
Nowadays the location is on the newest parking surface, behind the apartments (phase III) nearest the interesection of UTSA Blvd and Old Babcock.
Equipment: You should at least bring your skates & a stick. There's a very rare chance you might borrow a stick. Shin guards, gloves & elboy guards are recommended.
Written May 23, 2004
Address: Public parking lot near UTSA Blvd. and Babcock
Located on Travis Park in downtown San Antonio, STRIVE is designed to provide a wellness and exercise experience refreshingly disticnt from the large generic institutions that have come to dominate the city's fitness scene. Our clients are part of an exclusive group dedicated to setting and achieving personal goals for physical training and mental well being. STRIVE gives you the tools to accomplish your goals in an atmosphere that is both energizing and rejuventating. We cater to our members with unparalleled personal attention and the latest in body and fitness knowledge.
Full workout facility with free weights, state of the art cardio and strength equipment
Classes cycle, bootcamp, fitball, circuit training
Premiere clases pilates and yoga
Orientation class and measurements for all new mebers, including a fitness/wellness folder
Fully-equipped locker rooms with all toiletries
Daily and weekly rates
Written Aug 3, 2003
Address: 202 Jefferson
San Antonio is known for it's gigantic Alamodome. It's a large footbal stadium right in the middle of downtown. Footbal stadium??? Yeap, we don't even have a team, but one of our old majors got the crazy idea built up.
Written Feb 15, 2003
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