Join the fun and excitement of ranch rodeo Saturday

By Lisa Scott
Special to The SUN
The Western Heritage Ranch Rodeo will be Saturday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Western Heritage Event Center arena.
A ranch rodeo is made up of teams of cowboys and cowgirls, typically five to seven individuals, competing against each other in events based on the type of work they do on a ranch on horseback. These ranch hands compete for fun, cash prizes and bragging rights.
Each team has the opportunity to compete in five timed events and the team designates which team members participate in each contest. Calf branding requires the team to find and rope specific calves (calves marked with a visible number) out of a larger herd, bring calves to the branding area and “brand” with chalk.
Wild horse catching is roping a wild horse, saddling the animal and riding it across the finish line at the other end of the arena. Trailer loading requires the team to catch a specified number of horses from a herd, move them across the arena and load them into a trailer.
Steer doctoring is identifying the “sick” steer from the herd, roping and bringing the animal into a pen for veterinary care.
Wild cow milking is roping a wild cow and settling the cow enough to hand-milk it into a bottle and run the bottle across a finish line to the judge who verifies they accomplished the task.
The events showcase the riding and roping skills of the rider and the agility and cooperation of their steed. Awards at the end of the rodeo include accolades for Top Hand, Top Horse and overall championship Ranch Team. This is an exciting event for participants and spectators alike.
Admission at the gate is $8 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under. Concessions and covered bleacher seating will be available. Come join the fun and excitement of traditional ranch work in an arena setting.

This story was posted on August 22, 2019.