Man Wearing a Cowboy Hat Driving a CAT Forklift in the Rodeo Stadium

Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo™

Cat® lift trucks built to handle 20-day rodeo


What comes to mind when you imagine a world-class rodeo? Picture 20 consecutive days filled with bull riding, barrel racing, livestock shows, carnival rides, exhibits and Grammy® Award-winning entertainment. And this is just a brief list of the many activities and events that take place annually during the 20-day Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Show) — the world’s largest livestock exhibition, rodeo and premier entertainment event.

The setup and tear down of an event this size, including the transportation of hundreds of pounds of livestock feed, steel and lumber throughout the 300-acre complex, presents the Show with a number of unique material handling challenges. Since 2005, Cat Lift Trucks and the Houston-area Cat lift truck dealer have served as the Official Lift Truck Provider for the Show, working to meet the considerable material handling challenges and to manage the army of Cat forklifts used to transform the complex for more than 2 million visitors each year.

CAT Forklift next to a Horse Statue Garden at the Rodeo

The Right Forklift

The largest of the Show’s challenges is matching the appropriate Cat lift truck with more than 100 committees’ specific application needs. The local dealer works closely with each committee to ensure that the proper range of Cat lift truck models is provided each year.

Cat lift trucks are used to move equipment for all exhibits and unload trailers of every size, including everything from stable supplies to audio visual equipment.

“The local dealer’s presence is essential to a smooth, successful event, because people are always right there whenever we need them for any technical or mechanical support. It couldn’t be easier.”

Greg Golightly, Buildings and Ground Managing Director

Man with Cowboy Hat Lifting a Recycling Bin with a CAT Forklift

Dealer Support

According to Greg Golightly, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo buildings and grounds managing director, the relationship with Cat Lift Trucks and the local dealer really makes an impact.

“Every year, we supply the local Cat lift truck dealer with a master list of specific requirements,” Golightly says. “We are extremely impressed with their ability to meet, and often exceed, those requirements. Every aspect of their involvement has made it easier for us to do our jobs.”

Man Driving a Cat Forklift in the Houston Rodeo Stadium

Focus On Service And Uptime

Cat Lift Trucks provides a diverse mix of lift trucks to fill every possible need of the Show, including the 3,000-7,000 lb. capacity internal combustion pneumatic tire and the 8,000-12,000 lb. capacity IC pneumatic tire series.

“The service offered is key to this operation,” says Golightly. “The local dealer’s presence is essential to a smooth, successful event, because people are always right there whenever we need them for any technical or mechanical support. It couldn’t be easier.”

Operator Driving a Crate with a Cat Forklift Actross the Rodeo Stadium

Always On The Job

In the past, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo depended on the services of approximately a dozen different forklift providers. Since partnering with Cat Lift Trucks, the organization has saved precious time and resources.

"Before the partnership with Cat Lift Trucks, on-site technical support was never that seamless," said Golightly. "Working and coordinating with one vendor contact versus a dozen has definitely made a tremendous impact on my department’s ability to be more efficient,” Golightly says. “Having technicians right here allows me to focus on other details, eliminating headaches of the past.”

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