Katy Residents Start Facebook Page to Connect Rodeo Vendors to Buyers


March 16, 2020

By Natalie Cook Clark and Jennifer Miko

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo closed for the 2020 season early due to COVID-19. Canceling the event upset event fans but the financial repercussions concern for the venders who depend their sales at the largest livestock show gathering of the year.

Find vendors like Pony Pal Stable in Facebook group started by two Katy moms.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo typically hosts more than 300 vendors. This year they opened for business on March 2 but closed March 12 due to the national health emergency. The rodeo was supposed to run through March 21.

15 Years at the Houston Rodeo

Jenni Wheeler has been hosting her booth, Crafty Canine Collars at Rodeo for 15 years.  Shoppers visit her booth to buy handmade collars, clip-on bandanas and assorted gift items for pet owners.  Wheeler says customers return every year to shop for bling collars, or collegiate-branded items for their pets.

Wheeler, a Katy resident, started sewing last December just to be ready by March. She estimates that Rodeo comprises about five months of her income, and she added that German Festival and Roundtop were cancelled now too.

“I have no business. Zero. I have nothing,” says Wheeler. “That’s what’s crazy,” I don’t have any shows.”

Wheeler is known for her beautiful booth setup at the Houston Rodeo.

Wheeler has been forced to change focus with her business plan since she depends on shows for most of her sales. She hopes that the vendors Facebook page will connect her with loyal and new customers.

Canceling a Tradition