Rope ’em, pen ’em, doctor ’em, load ’em: Ranch Rodeo tackles practical side of cowboy skills
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By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
Cowboys tackled the practical skills of cattle handling Tuesday night at the Chase County Fair’s Ranch Rodeo.
The 10 teams of four took turns roping, tying, penning and loading steers to find the best ranch hands.
Divided into two parts, participants opened action with stray gathering, roping two steers and tying them down.
After a brief break for the Barnyard Scramble and Catch-A-Calf contests, cowboys took to the arena once more for the main event. After penning one steer, the next steers had to be roped and tied down, then marked as doctored. The timed event ended when the final steer and one horse were loaded in a trailer and all hands were on the back of the flat bed pickup.
Hendricks Cattle Co. won the event with a time of 4:29. Team members were Taylor Hendricks, CJ Pankinon, Darren Sellers and Wade Hill.
Load ’em In the Dark Cattle Co. placed second and Lazy Y Cattle Co. was third.