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On Friday June 11th, the 22nd Lamar County Crime Stoppers Ranch Rodeo comes to the Paris Rodeo and Horse Club Arena at the Fairgrounds. So what’s a “Ranch” rodeo? A Ranch Rodeo is an event that directly reflects our Texas cowboy heritage as a competition based on what real cowboys do on real Texas ranches. The cowboys and their horses complete in five events that showcase the necessary skills and know how ranch hands practice daily on today’s Texas ranches. The Ranch Rodeo’s events require the same teamwork ranch hands use in their everyday lives. Ranch rodeos do not include bull riding, barrel racing or bulldogging, which are not considered typical ranch activities. The events are:
You can probably figure out what cow milking is but how about the rest? A remuda race is where the cowboy ropes a horse from a remuda or string of ranch horses and then rides like crazy for a while. These standard events are usually supplemented by several imaginative and often wild stunts which the cowboys think of themselves.
Double Mugging is kind of like calf branding, but instead of a calf, the team of cowboy has separate a big yearling or roping steer from a group, rope it and get it down on its side in order to tie three of its four legs and keep it down for 6 seconds. It typically takes the whole team to get this big cow down.
Team Penning is where a herd of approximately 30 head of cattle a put at one end of the arena; a team of cowboys draws a number at random which is writte on 3 of the 30 head. Cowboys have to ride in and cut out those 3 specific cows and herd them into a portable pen set up in the center of the arena.
Trailer loading is where a cowboy has to cut a cow out of a herd and get it loaded into a trailer for time.
This is a great way to see the the skills practiced everyday on Texas Ranches and done for a great cause. All proceeds go to fund Lamar County Crime Stoppers. This event is put on with the help of great corporate sponsors Campbell Soup and Toyota of Paris.