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Cowboys gallop into action at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo

Denver, March 13-15, 2009

Ranch Rodeo and Extreme Cowboy Race on the same weekend—the action is non-stop at the Denver Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, March 13-15, 2009.

Every afternoon, cowboys and cowgirls will test their horsemanship on wildly challenging obstacles in the Extreme Cowboy Race™ hosted by Craig Cameron. The special Denver entry fee is $250 (stalls and insurance are extra), but the fun of the race is priceless. Contestants get instant feedback on their skills from the legendary Cameron, who gives a running commentary on every ride. The audience enjoys Cameron’s folksy style, and the entrant gets a tutorial from one of the horse world’s great teachers. Time is only one factor; every obstacle is judged for style, accuracy and horsemanship. Contestant slots are still available—click on “Denver Special Events” at http://www.rockymountainhorseexpo.com to download an application and get more information. Or call (303) 292-4981.

Saturday night the cows come home—or at least, they show up for the Denver Championship WRCA Ranch Rodeo, a special ticketed event. Cowboy teams from America’s great ranches compete on amped up versions of skills they use every day at home on the range. Bronc riding is a highlight, but all the action keeps the audience on the edges of their seats, from wild cow milking to team sorting to high-speed roping.

Stock for the rodeo will be provided by the Harry Vold Rodeo Company; Vold stock has appeared at top rodeos throughout the country, including Cheyenne Frontier Days and the National Finals Rodeo.

The teams to date this year include:

-Broken Spear and San Jose Ranches, La Junta, CO

-Buck Creek and Lonesome Pine Ranches, Cottonwood Falls, KS

-Haythorn Land & Cattle Co., Arthur, NE

-LTF Cattle Inc., Gruver, TX

-Rush Creek Cattle Company and JOD Ranch, Karval, CO

-Sandhill Cattle Co., Earth, TX

-Singleton Ranch, Lamy, NM

-T-Cross Ranches, Colorado Springs, CO

-The Blue and Troublesome Creek Ranches, Golden and Kremmling, CO

-Thompson Ranch, Munday, TX

Riding for their brands motivates the teams to do their best, but the competition is sweetened by some generous prizes. Top Ranch will take home a $2000 credit toward the purchase of a bull from 5 Star Cattle Systems, courtesy of Wendell Geeslin. Top Horse and Reserve Horse will each win a Rafter C3 saddle pad, from Roger and Verna Allgeier of Brighton Feed & Saddlery. And every competitor will receive Speed Williams’ favorite brand of roping glove, the SSG Bluestreak, from Brighton Feed & Saddlery.

Catch your breath when you can—but be ready to enjoy the ridin’ and ropin’ action at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, March 13-15 in Denver. For more information, schedules, Rodeo and Expo tickets, visit RockyMountainHorseExpo.com or call (303) 292-4981.


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