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Big Bend Ranch Rodeo in August

July 12th, 2013 under Sports

ALPINE – The August 9-10, 2013 Big Bend Ranch Rodeo is fast approaching.  Ranch teams from Texas and New Mexico have sent in their entries and are loading their horses. Don’t miss this year’s event.

This year’s ranch rodeo is going to be three days of non-stop horse action. Beginning on Thursday, August 8 at 1pm, the weekend begins with a S.H.O.T. (Stock Horse of Texas) Team Challenge at the S.A.L.E. Arena at Sul Ross State University.

At 8am Friday night, there is a Cutting competition at the o6 Flats Arena. That evening at 7pm starts the first of two performances of the Big Bend Ranch Rodeo.

Tickets for the rodeo performances go on sale at the gate at 5:30pm each night. Tickets are $10 and children 12 and under get in free. There is a dance following the rodeo at the Lobo Bar

Big Bend Ranch Rodeo events include Ranch Bronc Riding, where one member from each team will be required to ride a bucking horse for 8 seconds in a working ranch saddle and one-rein halter. Wild Cow Milking, where four members from each team will be required to rope a cow and milk her in less than two minutes. Milking may not commence until the rope is off the cow, so three men must hold her.

Four members from each team must pick one numbered  animal from a large herd, rope it, and place a non-toxic paint mark between the animal’s eyes in less than two minutes in Team Doctoring.

Up to six members from each team in Team Branding can compete here. Two teams will compete at the same time and they each have two minutes to rope, throw and mark with non-toxic paint, two calves each.

In Team Sorting, four men from each team have two minutes to sort out five head of cattle from a herd. The catch is that these cows are numbered and the cowboys must sort them in numerical order based on a starting number called out by the announcer.

These five events earn teams points toward qualifying for the World Championship Ranch Rodeo in November and the winner of the Big Bend Ranch Rodeo automatically wins a place in the World championships. In addition to these events, there will some events for kids and door prize opportunities.

Saturday, August 10 at 9am starts off with the RHAA competition and at 10am, a 17-and-under working cow horse event. Both events showcase the talent of the rider and the horse in many ranch related exercises.

The Saturday night Ranch Rodeo performance is at 7pm and will end with the awards ceremony. A cowboy dance at The Lobo by Highland Inn will immediately follow..

On Sunday, there will be a church service at the Big Bend Cowboy Church at 10:30am.

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