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First all-women’s ranch rodeo in Neb. set for July

Carolyn Hageman
for Tri-State Livestock News

For the first time ever in the Panhandle of Nebraska, an all-women's ranch rodeo will be held. Cowgirl Swank Inc. has teamed up with Old West Trail Rodeo Inc., from Crawford, Neb., to bring the non-profit Cowgirl Swank Classic Women's Ranch Rodeo to the region. This event will give cowgirls from all over the region the opportunity to show off their ranch skills and work as a team to win the average and a chance to compete at the national competition.

This unique event has already struck up excitement with teams trying to enter. RFD-TV has also shown great interest in filming the ranch rodeo. According to Cowgirl Swank Inc. owner, Cheyenne Wilson, and Brook and Jody Bass owners of Old West Trail Rodeo Inc., the coordinators of the rodeo are hopeful RFD-TV will use it for an upcoming feature on one of their programs.

The first Cowgirl Swank Classic will be held on Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m. after the opening event of the Open Stray Gathering which will kick off the two busy days at 10 a.m. and is open for anyone to enter. The second day of competition will be held the following day, Sunday July 21 at 10 a.m. This exciting new event is double sanctioned with the Women's Ranch Rodeo Association (WRRA) and the Western States Ranch Rodeo Association (WSRRA). The team who wins the average has a chance to qualify for both of the world finals if they are members. The WRRA finals are in Dodge City, Kan., on Oct. 18-19, and the WSRRA finals are in Winnemucca, Nev., at the end of October and beginning of November.

The Cowgirl Swank Classic is taking 16 teams consisting of four women on each team for a total of 64 women competing for the average title throughout the weekend. Each team will compete in five events that demonstrate actions done on a ranch: calf branding, doctoring, sorting, tie-down, and trailer loading. The rules and regulations will be followed from the WRRA. Prizes will be awarded to the top four teams of both days along with the average. There will be money added to the winnings, but the total is unknown at this time. Prizes will also be awarded to the Top Hand and Top Horse. These awards will be voted on by the contestants and judges.

For more information, please call Cheyenne Wilson at (605)891-1827. To learn more about this first ever Cowgirl Swank Women's ranch rodeo you can check out their facebook page which will post updates along with results at https://www.facebook.com/CowgirlSwankClassic. Call ins to enter are June 28, from 7 a.m. to noon (Central Standard Time). The Cowgirl Swank Classic will also provide concessions and host vendors.

This will be an exciting addition to the Crawford community and will hopefully become a tradition for years to come.