Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, August 2, 2001
Ranch rodeo to benefit scholarships
Several local ranches will be competing at a Working Ranch Cowboys Association
ranch rodeo Saturday, Aug. 11, 2 p.m. in the Sul Ross State University covered
arena, Turner Range Animal Science Center.
Admission for the rodeo will be $5 for adults and children under 12 free.
Concessions will be available on the grounds. The official Saturday night
Ranch Rodeo dance will be held at The Crystal Bar with a $3 per person cover
In conjunction with the ranch rodeo, a ranch horse competition sanctioned
by the Ranch Horse of America Association will also be held, beginning at
9 a.m. This competition will consist of three divisions: cowboy class, junior
horse class, and senior horse class.
All proceeds from the rodeo, dance, and ranch horse competition will go
toward rodeo and agricultural scholarships at Sul Ross.
Main events include wild cow milking, bronc riding, team doctoring, team
branding and team penning. In addition spectators can enjoy the humor of
a bedroll race, a vegetarian vs. beefeater footrace, a businessman's calf
dressing, and more.
Ranch rodeo rules are designed to enhance the spectators' appreciation
of the working ranch. Ranch bronc riding is a "ride as ride can" for eight
seconds event. A standard working saddle must be used. No PRCA rigging is
allowed. No hobbling of one or both stirrups is allowed, and the horse must
be saddled as he would be for everyday use.
Wild cow milking is a timed event consisting of a four-man team which
includes roper, milker, and two muggers. Only the roper will be horseback
and the rope must be off the saddle horn before the milking commences. This
is often a hilarious event as muggers are run over and dragged by the cow
who does not want to be milked.
Team doctoring is a quieter timed event consisting of a three-man team
of header, heeler and vet. A herd of yearlings weighing 500-600 pounds will
be held behind a line. As riders approach the line, the announcer will call
a number which has been drawn for them. The roper will then find the designated
numbered animal and without loping, cut the animal from the herd and drive
it across the starting line before roping it. If the animal returns to the
herd before she is roped, the roper must slow down and cut her again.
No more than two animals may cross the line as the roper cuts the animal
out. All three team members are horseback, two act as herd holders. The steer
must be standing when it is headed and/or heeled and must be lying on its
side prior to doctoring. When the animal is lying on its side, the vet places
a mark between its eyes and raises his hands to stop the time.
Four to six people make up the branding team, which includes a roper,
two flankers, a brander and two herd holders. If a ranch team does not have
enough members, they are allowed to ask for help from other entered ranches
in this event, displaying the good sportsmanship and good working relations
between ranches entered. A herd of cows and calves are held behind a line
at one end of the arena by herd holders. Two teams will run at one time.
Ropers will start together and time begins when they cross the line. Without
loping into the herd, they will rope and drag two calves each back across
the line where flankers will flank the calf for "branding" with a paint brand.
Time stops when the branding iron has been returned to the paint bucket after
the second calf is branded.
Team penning consists of a three-man team. A herd of numbered calves will
be held behind a line at one end of the arena. As riders approach the line,
the announcer will call a number which has been drawn for them. The team
must cross the line immediately after the number has been called. Again,
without loping into the herd, the team will cut three calves bearing the
designated numbers from the herd, and pen them in portable pens at the opposite
end of the arena. The team may not have more than one man in the herd at
In addition to a winning overall team and event winners, a Top Hand and
Top Horse award will also be given. All competing ranches must own at least
300 head of cattle and all cowboys must be full-time working cowboys.
For more information, contact Big Bend Saddlery, (915) 837-5551.
Nursing graduation ceremony set
Odessa College's Vocational Nursing Program, Monahans extension, will
hold its graduation ceremony at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3, at Deadrick Auditorium
on the OC campus.
A reception will follow in the recital hall of the Jack Rodgers Fine Arts
For more information, contact Monahans Vocational Nursing Program chair
Geneo Roberts at 943-5368.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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