There will be some major prizes up for grabs when the Top Ranch Hand Rodeo makes its first-ever stop in Lubbock in a few weeks.
The rodeo in association with the National Cowboy Symposium will be held Sept. 10 and 11 starting at 7 p.m. and Sept. 12 starting at 1 p.m. at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center.
This year marks the sixth year of the rodeo, but the first time it will be held in Lubbock, said event organizer Karan Fowler.
Before coming to Lubbock it was held in Rotan, Texas, about 30 miles north of Sweetwater, Texas.
“We had outgrown the facility we were in,” Fowler said. “And now we are hoping that we will have enough seating for this year’s event. The equestrian center has never had an event like this before.”
The National Cowboy Symposium attracts between 25,000-30,000 people, Fowler said.
Events people can participate in include: Team mugging; team sorting; wild cow milking; calf branding.
About 86 percent of the funds that are brought in at the event go to the cowboys, Fowler said.
Winners get: First place, saddle and cash; second place, buckle and cash; third place, hand-made bits and cash; fourth and fifth places, hand-made halters and buckles.
Entry fee is $600 for a four-man team. For more information, call 806-866-0890 or 806-777-0383.
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