Cowboy Competition: Ranch Rodeo, hands against each other for fun, bragging rights

Ranch Rodeo

Working ranch hands will compete for prizes, and bragging rights, at a ranch rodeo event this Saturday, Sept, 29, at the Two Bar V Livestock Arena west of Greencreek off U.S. Highway 95.

Events start at 10 a.m., and admission is free with families encouraged to attend. Food concessions will be available.

Trailer loading, branding, team sorting, pasture doctoring, and a relay hide race will be the five events, in which teams will compete, and with $1,000 added money. Guidelines for competitors to know: no roughing of the stock, no tie down -- runnin’ martingales, slick horn (no rubber), 50-foot rope (minimum), and ride at your own risk.

The four- to five-hour event is sponsored by Two Bar V Livestock Ranch. For information: Renee Duman, 208-507-0136, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/twobarvlivestock/

“Ranch rodeos are not commonly heard of and very few are produced,” said Renee Duman, Two Bar V Livestock Ranch.

The ranch sponsored its first rodeo in September 2017. According to Duman, the interest here is to reach the traditional competitor: full-time ranch hands and not the professional cowboys.

“As cattle generations and years go by, you see more ground not being put into pasture, ATV's in replace of horses, chute branding instead of pasture roping and many more changes,” Duman said. “There are very few ranches that use the "John Wayne" full-time ranch cowboys to keep their livestock production working. This ranch rodeo production gathers teams of cowboys and cowgirls from different ranches all over the western states to compete against each other in events that are based on work they perform every day as a ranch hand.”

According to Duman, ranch rodeos differ from the more common PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association)-style rodeos in several ways.

For starters, contestants are not professional rodeo cowboys. Instead, they are usually full-time ranch hands who compete in annual ranch rodeos for fun and for bragging rights. The events in ranch rodeos are more similar to the tasks commonly performed on a ranch, and the equipment and tack used are the same as those used during everyday ranch work.

“The ranch rodeo is not tied in with a professional circuit like any typical rodeos you spectate at,” Duman said. “Ranch rodeo cowboys and cowgirls are definite different types of competitors than regular rodeo cowboy and cowgirls. The caliber of horses the competitor rides is another ball park that distinguishes the different rodeo productions.”

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Read more about the sport of ranch rodeo in the fall edition of Farm and Ranch North Central Idaho magazine, available at the Idaho County Free Press and select businesses.

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