Every Saturday night in January, Tejas Rodeo in Bulverde has been warming up fans in preparation of the show that has won the Best Indoor Large Rodeo in the World -- the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.
Amid the bucking bulls, roping cowboys, cowgirls and saddle broncos, Yancey James has his hands on the reins in the center of the dirt arena.
"It's been my life as far back as I can remember," James said. "I've lived it, breathed it, eaten it, so rodeo is what we do."
James spent more than a decade riding bulls and roping in 651 competitions. He now puts on a headset with a microphone and jumps on his paint pony to call the show.
Tejas offers professional rodeo action in its covered arena on Obst Road in Bulverde throughout the year, and thousands come to see the action.
For James, following the action and helping the fans understand the rules, the action underway and the competitor’s stories is second nature.
“You're not reading from a script. It's all there," James said. "No teleprompter today."
The microphone is live, so James warns to stay safe and quiet when something goes wrong.
"Don't scream, don't say a bad word if something comes after you. You've got to keep your cool,” James advised.
The advice was handy when the last bull of the night decided to make a beeline for James while closing the rodeo. He scrambled to get out of the way of the bull's horns.
"We like to say in rodeo to expect the unexpected. You can't control the animals, you can't control the things that happen, so you just go with the flow and you make light of it," said James.
It’s what sells rodeo tickets at Tejas and at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, which begins Feb. 6.
Tejas is offering one more Saturday night rodeo, then it shuts down for the month of February to make way for the San Antonio Rodeo.