Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW & RODEO INC

  • Houston, TX
  • www.hlsr.com

Mission Statement

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was organized for charitable, educational and scientific purposes to encourage and promote the breeding, raising and marketing of better livestock and farm products at public fairs and to promote and maintain research and educational functions with the livestock industry. It is the general policy of HLS&R to utilize, in the fiscal year subsequent to which it is earned, the excess of its revenue over expenses for the furtherance of its exempt purpose, including the granting and/or funding of agricultural scholarships, educational endowments, agricultural research projects and other similar programs and the funding of related capital additions and improvements. The funds of HLS&R are used exclusively to meet necessary expenses for its upkeep and operation and in furtherance of the exempt purpose of the organization.

ruling year

1977

Principal Officer since 2013

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Mr. Joel Cowley

Keywords

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livestock, rodeo, scholarships, Texas

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Also Known As

HLSR, RodeoHouston

EIN

74-1142851

 Number

6224249320

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

County / Street / Civic / Multi-Arts Fairs and Festivals (N52)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Livestock Breeding, Development, Management (K26)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is held annually in March. It provides educational programs and activities and entertainment fo the public. Over $11 million of our net proceeds are given to the youth of Texas through contributions to show exhibitors, scholarships, and grants.

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HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW & RODEO INC

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Principal Officer

Mr. Joel Cowley

BIO

Joel Cowley

Joel Cowley was announced as the president and chief executive officer of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. Cowley joined the Show staff in 2005 as the executive director of agricultural competitions and exhibits.

In this role, he worked with approximately one third of the Show's volunteer committees while overseeing aspects of the livestock show, horse show, wine show and auctions.

Prior to joining the Show, Cowley worked for Certified Angus Beef LLC, the not-for-profit division of the American Angus Association, where he began as executive account manager in the international division and finished as assistant director of the foodservice division. Before his employment with CAB, he was a faculty member at Michigan State University, where he served as an extension beef cattle specialist. Prior to that, he was employed by Texas A&M University as a lecturer and livestock judging team coach.

An 11-year 4-H member in Wyoming and Colorado, Cowley was active in livestock projects and a member of national champion 4-H wool judging and livestock judging teams. He first attended the Houston Livestock Show™ as an intercollegiate judging contestant in 1985 and has participated in every Show since 1988 as a coach, livestock judge or employee.

Cowley holds a bachelor's degree in animal science from Colorado State University, a master's in animal science from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Michigan State University.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to be of greater service to such a tremendous organization," Cowley said. “Through the tireless efforts of volunteers and staff, and the generous support of sponsors and donors, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is able to fulfill its agricultural mission, entertain and educate guests, make a significant contribution to the local economy, and assist Texas youth in accomplishing their educational goals — I'm proud to be a part of it all."

Cowley, his wife, Tammy, have two daughters.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jack A. Lyons

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