The cowboys and cowgirls who are
out in the corrals, pastures and fields working cattle day after day come to town
on the first night of the fair to battle against their friends and neighbors
and of course, cattle and horses. The Ranch Rodeo begins at 7 pm. Teams of five
will compete in calf branding, team doctoring, team sorting, bronc riding, wild
cow milking, and trailer loading. The teams are made up of five members with at
least one man or one woman on the team.
Most events are self-explanatory
with rules as to how many people are mounted and how many are on the ground.
The bronc riding is the only judged event - everything else is timed.
Team doctoring has a designated
cutter and three herd holders all on horseback. There is a limit of four loops
to catch the animal and a two-minute time limit. Wild cow milking is just that,
catching a cow, mugging her, and milking the cow with the cow standing. There
must be enough milk to pour out of the jug in front of the judge.
This is a crowd pleaser with lots
of whooping, hollering with a taste of days gone by.