Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Historic Crutch Ranch wins top spot at 2011 Ride for the Brand Ranch Rodeo
Top cowboys from working ranches all over the Southwest gathered in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the Ride for the Brand Championship Ranch Rodeo. The winning ranch would punch their ticket to the Working Ranch Cowboys Association (WRCA) finals in Amarillo, Texas, in November. These are working ranch cowboys competing as a team in events that, for the most part, are exactly what they do every day in their jobs. The equipment is functional and the saddles are what the cowboys sit in every day. There are strict rules to become a qualifying WRCA ranch rodeo and rules regarding who can be a member of the ranch team. The rules are there to insure that ranches are working ranches and team members actually work on the ranch. Having a bronc rider can be a sticking point for a ranch as many ranches no longer have bronc riders on staff. The WRCA has addressed this issue, as well as not having enough staff to field a team, by allowing two ranches to combine to form a team. The Ride for the Brand was limited to 12 teams representing 17 ranches from Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming and Nebraska. They competed in five events for championship points and one event as a ‘jackpot.'...more
Don't believe the caballo in the picture won The Western Horseman bronze for top horse.