From Cowboy Boots to Combat Boots


I have lived the literal meaning of ‘Land of the Free’ and ‘Home of the Brave.’ It is not corny for me. I feel it in my heart. I feel it in my chest. - Chris Kyle

On May 13-14, Stockyards Championship Rodeo is partnering with the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit to honor Chris Kyle and support United States military veterans. A portion of tickets sales from both Friday and Saturday’s rodeo will be donated to the benefit.

Growing up in Stephenville, Texas, Chris Kyle had cowboy roots and a real love for the country life. His family said that he learned to ride horses at an early age and had the ability to break and train even the toughest. He competed in rodeos and spent all of his time in the saddle.

In 1999, he traded in his cowboy boots for combat boots and became a Navy SEAL. From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle had the most recorded sniper kills in U.S. history. His bravery was honored with two Silver Star Medals and five Bronze Star Medals with valor. 

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 5.12.18 PMHis family also said that he lived out the famous John Wayne quote, “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” His service to our country will never be forgotten.

We’re honored to be a part of this benefit, and, given Chris’ cowboy roots, Stockyards Rodeo is a perfect fit.

Join us Friday and Saturday, May 13-14 in honoring true bravery. Buckles made by Cowpuncher Bit and Spur will be presented to the champions by members of Chris’ family and sponsors of the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit.

To purchase tickets, call the ticket office at 1-888-COWTOWN or 817-625-1025.

Those interested in participating in this special Fort Worth Rodeo can sign up here.

A big “thank you” to all of our nation’s military men and women fighting every day for our freedom. You all are our heroes.