The "Original" Rodeo
Ranch Cowboy Events - The Ranch Rodeo Connection
At the Western States Championship Ranch Rodeo the participants come from 9 states and compete for over 20 different and unique ranches. We have teams from Nevada, Oregon, Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, California and Idaho.
Western States Championship Ranch Rodeo Rules (PDF)
The events held that each team will compete in are:
Ranch Bronc Riding
This event is at the core of Ranch Rodeo. Being a cowboy is primarily about the relationship with the horse. Even today horses are the primary transportation (and preferred) of the American Cowboy as they perform their jobs. Ranch Bronc riding simulates the skills necessary to ride a horse that is bucking. A horse can buck any time any place and the cowboy’s need to have the skill necessary to stay on the horse. During this 8 second ride the cowboy uses his regular working saddle and anything can happen. They use their hats to fan the horse and some of the wildest and woolliest rides ever can occur.
Wild Cow Milking
The ranching industry is based on cattle and raising calves to maturity and shipping them to market. When a calf is born they need the mother’s milk to survive. Sometimes the mother milk stops for some reason and the calf cannot get milk. Believe it or not sometime the cowboy must check the mother cow for milk. This event is based on that premise. The cow is roped and a cowboy tries to squirt milk into a long neck bottle and must run to a circle. This event is a timed event and anything can happen. It is as wild as it gets! The fastest time wins.
Ranch Team Sorting
A cowboy needs to have the ability to sort a certain cow or calf from the herd. It is a difficult process and it requires extreme concentration by the cowboy and his horse. They must react to the movements of the herd and be able to respond quickly to drive the cattle the direction they want them to go. Team sorting simulates this process and requires the cowboy’s and their horses to sort numbered cattle form a herd and move them across a line. As you watch this event it may appear they are getting the cow go where they want them to but in a fraction of a second everything may change. This event is very exciting and showcases the cowboy’s and their horse’s skills.
Just like people the cattle can get sick and they need attention. There are vaccines and medication created specifically to keep the animal healthy and it is the cowboy’s job to keep that animal in the best shape possible. As the cowboy recognizes a sick animal he must determine a treatment and rope that animal to give it medication. This event simulates that process and the animal is roped at the head and at the heels and a mark is applied to the animal’s forehead. The fastest time wins.
Ownership of cattle has been determined by the creation of brands for the ranches for many years. These brands indicate the ownership of the animal and assist in identifying those cattle that have strayed to other ranches. Branding time on a ranch is a tradition that has stayed much the same for over 100 years. It is an event that brings ranches together to brand the spring calves and to vaccinate and doctor those that need it. This event is a timed event and all of the cowboys participating have to show their skills in riding, roping, sorting and handling the calf. For this event paint or flour is used on the animals and the fastest time branding two calves wins.