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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 charge.

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 a time.

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 Building.

For more information, contact Monahans Vocational Nursing Program chair Geneo Roberts at 943-5368.

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