Journal on the Road

World Championship Ranch Rodeo

November 12, 2010

This event features wild cows and good horses.

By Holly Clanahan

Veterans are always honored at the World Championship Ranch Rodeo, which this year opened on Veterans' Day. Here, Vietnam veteran Doug Smith (aka "Pokey the Clown") presents the United States flag to Riley Smith of Sandhill Cattle Co., who was last year's top hand. Riley then carried the flag around the arena.

Thursday marked the kickoff of the 15th annual World Championship Ranch Rodeo, put on by the Working Ranch Cowboys Association and sponsored in part by AQHA and The American Quarter Horse Journal. It’ll be a weekend of wild and wooly fun, with wild cow milking and more true-to-life but truly entertaining ranch events. The world champion team will be named on Sunday. The spotlight is also on the ranch horses — the ultimate partners for these cowboys and cowgirls. AQHA will recognize the top American Quarter Horse of the rodeo.

The 21 teams hail from Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Arizona and South Dakota, and two of them — Spade Ranches of Texas and Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. of Nebraska – are winners of AQHA’s Best Remuda Award. The Spade Ranch, in fact, won this year’s honor, and dignitaries from AQHA and sponsor Pfizer Animal Health will be on hand at the rodeo to present the award.  

Pictures from Thursday’s rodeo performance are worth a thousand words, but you can still click on these photos to read captions.[flickr 28429325@N03 72157625366152372]

Holly Clanahan

Holly Clanahan
Editor, America's Horse magazine