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I had a great time at the Great Basin Buckaroo Gathering.
I had a friend of mine say, “I have been to lots of different rodeos, but not a Ranch Rodeo. What is a Ranch Rodeo?” Hmmm, I thought that is a good question. I listened to the announcer earlier that day.
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Great Basin Buckaroo Gathering
He had made the statement of how the horses stood calmly waiting for their turn to go into the arena to perform. They are calm because this is what they do every day. They work cows. So there was a good answer for her.
The events that these cowboys/ranch hands competed in is what they do every day. They work the cows. They rope, doctor, load, unload, haul, move and take care of the cattle. The Cowboys are there when the cow calves. Cowboys brand and doctor the sick cows and calves. A Ranch Hand/Cowboy care for these animals in the mud, cold, heat, rain, wind and the snow. It isn’t just a one-time event in an arena, they practice this every day. It is a way of life. In most cases, the everyday events become a family event. Cowboys don’t do these activities when it is convenient. And if there are problems with the cows their lives get put on hold until the problem is resolved. The hours are long, hard and yet rewarding. It is a great lifestyle to raise kids, to teach them how to work, and at the same time to play. A Ranch Rodeo is a simulation of what these cowboys, cowgirls, ranch hands or sometimes called buckaroo’s, do every day.
The Ranch Rodeo in the Golden Spike Arena in Ogden, Utah is a very well put together event. Just like any other rodeo, it can become very eventful and entertaining. You never know what the animals will do. They have a mind of their own and sometimes like to express it. The events in this rodeo involved a lot of roping, heading, and healing. Each event is timed and has its own set of rules. If you run out of time or break the rules you are disqualified. The events were open to teams of cowboys, cowgirls, and even some youth participated. They also included some roping clinics, so if you need to brush up on your skills or learn some new techniques this is the place.
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