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WRCA Ranch Rodeo held at Cheyenne River Roundup

The Cheyenne River Roundup was held June 5-6 in Edgemont, SD. Ten ranch teams competed in the Working Ranch Cowboys Association (WRCA)-sanctioned event. The Fall River County country was in its Sunday clothes and the weather was beautiful for the Ranch Rodeo.

The ranches competing were: Withers Ranch and VR Miller Ranch, CO; Y-Six Ranch and JH Minor Ranch, NE; Wachob Ranches and TC Outfit, NE and SD; Rush Creek Cattle and JOD Ranch, CO; Four Three Land & Cattle Company and FX Bar Ranch, WY and NE; Schiff Land & Cattle, NE; Little Horn Ranch, MT; S Ranch and Sun Light Ranch, MT; Gould Ranch and D & L Cattle Co., CO; and Scribner Ranch and El Dorado Livestock, KS.

Because it was a WRCA-sanctioned event, the winning team qualified for the WRCA Finals in Amarillo, TX in November. Qualifying rodeos are held all over the plains.

Events, which will be the same as the ones held at the Finals, included:

• Ranch Bronc Riding (an eight-second ride, anyway you can to stay on, style adds points);

• Ranch Sorting (a four person team of riders must sort five cattle in consecutive order from the bunch within two minutes);

• Wild Cow Milking (a four person team with one rider, two loops allowed, milk must pour from bottle, in two minutes);

• Stray Gathering (two cattle, two sets of riders, rope the cattle and tie them down in three minutes); and

• Ranch Branding (one roper, two flankers, one brander, two minute time limit, no loping, drag calf across line for chalk brand).

The action is fast-paced, with good cowboys and good horses showing their expertise doing what they do for a living. Horsemanship and being a “good hand” are very important to participants, partly due to their pride in the work, but also because Top Hand and Top Horse awards are given.

Though competition is serious, the camaraderie of the contestants and the blending of the families and friends that travel with them make it a unique contest. It’s a family thing, with several generations of families on the teams. Trailers bringing horses for the ranch rodeo also carry horses of the little kids that are there to cheer on their Dads and Grandpas. They camp at the grounds and catch up on visiting with the other teams and their families, so it’s a social event as well.

With two go-arounds, the competition got serious by the second round. Points were needed to win and place, so crews really dug in and gave it their all. When the dust had settled and the scores were totaled, the winning team was Four Three Land and Cattle Company and FX Bar Ranch.

The team includes cowboys from two ranches. The Four Three Land & Cattle Company is located in northern Niobrara County, WY and runs around 2,400 mother cows. The FX Bar is the Laucomer family ranch in northeast Sioux County, NE and runs pairs and yearlings. The cowboys were J.D. Williams, Boe Kottwitz, Clay Ashurst and Chris Laucomer.

Second place was won by Scribner Ranch and El Dorado Livestock. Scribner Ranch is a cow-calf, yearling and custom grazing operation. El Dorado Livestock is a cattle auction and runs several thousand yearlings on grass each summer.

Rush Creek Cattle and JOD Ranch was the third place team. Rush Creek Cattle runs 2,500 yearlings, and JOD Ranch runs 700 mother cows. Both ranches are located in eastern Colorado.

Top Hand was won by Justin Smith from the Rush Creek Cattle and JOD Ranch team. Smith won a certificate for a Star of the West Hat. Top Horse was won by Tyler Minor from the Y-Six Ranch and JH Minor Ranch team. Minor received a bronze statue from the American Quarter Horse Association.

Announcing the Ranch Rodeo was Tim Allen, Hermosa, SD and the judges were Dick Baker from Wyoming and Mike Thompkins from Colorado.

Plans are already being made for the 2011 Cheyenne River Roundup Ranch Rodeo, for the first weekend in June. The little town of Edgemont is certainly the place to be for good, family fun.

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The Cheyenne River Roundup was held June 5-6 in Edgemont, SD. Ten ranch teams competed in the Working Ranch Cowboys Association (WRCA)-sanctioned event. The Fall River County country was in its Sunday clothes and the weather was beautiful for the Ranch Rodeo.

The ranches competing were: Withers Ranch and VR Miller Ranch, CO; Y-Six Ranch and JH Minor Ranch, NE; Wachob Ranches and TC Outfit, NE and SD; Rush Creek Cattle and JOD Ranch, CO; Four Three Land & Cattle Company and FX Bar Ranch, WY and NE; Schiff Land & Cattle, NE; Little Horn Ranch, MT; S Ranch and Sun Light Ranch, MT; Gould Ranch and D & L Cattle Co., CO; and Scribner Ranch and El Dorado Livestock, KS.

Because it was a WRCA-sanctioned event, the winning team qualified for the WRCA Finals in Amarillo, TX in November. Qualifying rodeos are held all over the plains.

Events, which will be the same as the ones held at the Finals, included:

• Ranch Bronc Riding (an eight-second ride, anyway you can to stay on, style adds points);

• Ranch Sorting (a four person team of riders must sort five cattle in consecutive order from the bunch within two minutes);

• Wild Cow Milking (a four person team with one rider, two loops allowed, milk must pour from bottle, in two minutes);

• Stray Gathering (two cattle, two sets of riders, rope the cattle and tie them down in three minutes); and

• Ranch Branding (one roper, two flankers, one brander, two minute time limit, no loping, drag calf across line for chalk brand).

The action is fast-paced, with good cowboys and good horses showing their expertise doing what they do for a living. Horsemanship and being a “good hand” are very important to participants, partly due to their pride in the work, but also because Top Hand and Top Horse awards are given.

Though competition is serious, the camaraderie of the contestants and the blending of the families and friends that travel with them make it a unique contest. It’s a family thing, with several generations of families on the teams. Trailers bringing horses for the ranch rodeo also carry horses of the little kids that are there to cheer on their Dads and Grandpas. They camp at the grounds and catch up on visiting with the other teams and their families, so it’s a social event as well.

With two go-arounds, the competition got serious by the second round. Points were needed to win and place, so crews really dug in and gave it their all. When the dust had settled and the scores were totaled, the winning team was Four Three Land and Cattle Company and FX Bar Ranch.

The team includes cowboys from two ranches. The Four Three Land & Cattle Company is located in northern Niobrara County, WY and runs around 2,400 mother cows. The FX Bar is the Laucomer family ranch in northeast Sioux County, NE and runs pairs and yearlings. The cowboys were J.D. Williams, Boe Kottwitz, Clay Ashurst and Chris Laucomer.

Second place was won by Scribner Ranch and El Dorado Livestock. Scribner Ranch is a cow-calf, yearling and custom grazing operation. El Dorado Livestock is a cattle auction and runs several thousand yearlings on grass each summer.

Rush Creek Cattle and JOD Ranch was the third place team. Rush Creek Cattle runs 2,500 yearlings, and JOD Ranch runs 700 mother cows. Both ranches are located in eastern Colorado.

Top Hand was won by Justin Smith from the Rush Creek Cattle and JOD Ranch team. Smith won a certificate for a Star of the West Hat. Top Horse was won by Tyler Minor from the Y-Six Ranch and JH Minor Ranch team. Minor received a bronze statue from the American Quarter Horse Association.

Announcing the Ranch Rodeo was Tim Allen, Hermosa, SD and the judges were Dick Baker from Wyoming and Mike Thompkins from Colorado.

Plans are already being made for the 2011 Cheyenne River Roundup Ranch Rodeo, for the first weekend in June. The little town of Edgemont is certainly the place to be for good, family fun.

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The Cheyenne River Roundup was held June 5-6 in Edgemont, SD. Ten ranch teams competed in the Working Ranch Cowboys Association (WRCA)-sanctioned event. The Fall River County country was in its Sunday clothes and the weather was beautiful for the Ranch Rodeo.

The ranches competing were: Withers Ranch and VR Miller Ranch, CO; Y-Six Ranch and JH Minor Ranch, NE; Wachob Ranches and TC Outfit, NE and SD; Rush Creek Cattle and JOD Ranch, CO; Four Three Land & Cattle Company and FX Bar Ranch, WY and NE; Schiff Land & Cattle, NE; Little Horn Ranch, MT; S Ranch and Sun Light Ranch, MT; Gould Ranch and D & L Cattle Co., CO; and Scribner Ranch and El Dorado Livestock, KS.

Because it was a WRCA-sanctioned event, the winning team qualified for the WRCA Finals in Amarillo, TX in November. Qualifying rodeos are held all over the plains.

Events, which will be the same as the ones held at the Finals, included:

• Ranch Bronc Riding (an eight-second ride, anyway you can to stay on, style adds points);

• Ranch Sorting (a four person team of riders must sort five cattle in consecutive order from the bunch within two minutes);

• Wild Cow Milking (a four person team with one rider, two loops allowed, milk must pour from bottle, in two minutes);

• Stray Gathering (two cattle, two sets of riders, rope the cattle and tie them down in three minutes); and

• Ranch Branding (one roper, two flankers, one brander, two minute time limit, no loping, drag calf across line for chalk brand).

The action is fast-paced, with good cowboys and good horses showing their expertise doing what they do for a living. Horsemanship and being a “good hand” are very important to participants, partly due to their pride in the work, but also because Top Hand and Top Horse awards are given.

Though competition is serious, the camaraderie of the contestants and the blending of the families and friends that travel with them make it a unique contest. It’s a family thing, with several generations of families on the teams. Trailers bringing horses for the ranch rodeo also carry horses of the little kids that are there to cheer on their Dads and Grandpas. They camp at the grounds and catch up on visiting with the other teams and their families, so it’s a social event as well.

With two go-arounds, the competition got serious by the second round. Points were needed to win and place, so crews really dug in and gave it their all. When the dust had settled and the scores were totaled, the winning team was Four Three Land and Cattle Company and FX Bar Ranch.

The team includes cowboys from two ranches. The Four Three Land & Cattle Company is located in northern Niobrara County, WY and runs around 2,400 mother cows. The FX Bar is the Laucomer family ranch in northeast Sioux County, NE and runs pairs and yearlings. The cowboys were J.D. Williams, Boe Kottwitz, Clay Ashurst and Chris Laucomer.

Second place was won by Scribner Ranch and El Dorado Livestock. Scribner Ranch is a cow-calf, yearling and custom grazing operation. El Dorado Livestock is a cattle auction and runs several thousand yearlings on grass each summer.

Rush Creek Cattle and JOD Ranch was the third place team. Rush Creek Cattle runs 2,500 yearlings, and JOD Ranch runs 700 mother cows. Both ranches are located in eastern Colorado.

Top Hand was won by Justin Smith from the Rush Creek Cattle and JOD Ranch team. Smith won a certificate for a Star of the West Hat. Top Horse was won by Tyler Minor from the Y-Six Ranch and JH Minor Ranch team. Minor received a bronze statue from the American Quarter Horse Association.

Announcing the Ranch Rodeo was Tim Allen, Hermosa, SD and the judges were Dick Baker from Wyoming and Mike Thompkins from Colorado.

Plans are already being made for the 2011 Cheyenne River Roundup Ranch Rodeo, for the first weekend in June. The little town of Edgemont is certainly the place to be for good, family fun.

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