Ticket feature: Events center hosting ranch rodeo

Courtesy photo: Kimberly Stone The Working Ranch Cowboy’s Association rodeo begins Saturday and will offer family fun as women, children and cowboys compete against one another in events fashioned after traditional ranch chores and some just for fun, such as “Mutton Bustin,’” in which children ride sheep.

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This weekend’s Working Ranch Cowboy’s Association Rodeo promises to be action packed fun the whole family can enjoy.

Beginning with a women’s ranch rodeo at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Events Center, events will continue through Sunday.

WRCA events begin Saturday evening at 6 p.m. and Sunday the Little Cowhand Rodeo at 11 a.m. will feature children’s competitions with WRCA events starting at 2 p.m.

Ranch rodeos are different than other rodeo events, according to promoter Jaree Elliott.

With competitions derived from real ranch chores, Elliott said entire families come to compete as teams and the action is non-stop.

“I like to go watch the ranch rodeos better because there’s more action. It’s more like what they do on the ranch,” she said.

“Each time they go something different happens.”

Each day, the WRCA competition will include five team events — sorting, branding, stray gathering, wild cow milking and bronc riding.

Women compete in sorting, trailer loading and double muggin’ (tie-down mugging).

Children’s events will include “mutton bustin’,” steer riding, barrel and pole racing and stick horse races.

Elliott said there may still be openings for children who wish to compete the day of the events.

Elliott said last year was the first ranch rodeo held in Clovis but this year’s is different because — with the exception of the women’s events Saturday — it is sanctioned by the WRCA and the winner will go on to compete in the championship in Amarillo in November.

Competitors are coming from Texas, Oklahoma, throughout New Mexico and other locations, she said.

During the events there will be a concession stand available, as well as a dozen vendors selling everything from home decor and jewelry to massage therapy.

There will also be a mechanical bull available both days.

The WRCA uses money raised by its events to benefit and provide scholarships to working ranch cowboys and their children, according to www.wrca.org.

Information: 760-5462

Fast facts

What: WRCA Ranch Rodeo

When: 1 p.m. Saturday, women’s competitions, 6 p.m. rodeo. 9 a.m. Sunday, Cowboy Church at the Clovis Livestock Auction, 11 a.m. Little Cowhand Rodeo, 2 p.m. WRCA Rodeo.

Where: Events held at Curry County Events center unless otherwise noted.

How much: $7 advance tickets at Joe’s Boot Shop, One Stop Feed or the events center. $10 at the gate. Children 5 and under admitted free.