The 10th annual Big Bend Ranch Rodeo is scheduled this weekend — Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 12-14 — at the SALE Arena at Sul Ross State University, featuring three days of non-stop action.
The weekend begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, with a SHOT (Stock Horse of Texas) Clinic at the SALE Arena.
The RCHA cutting competition gets under way at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at the o6 Flats Arena, and that evening brings the first of two performances of the rodeo at 7 p.m.
Competing in five working-cowboy events, teams earn points toward qualifying for the World Championship Ranch Rodeo in November, and the winner of the Big Bend Ranch Rodeo automatically wins a place in the World championships.
The rodeo will also feature activities for kids and opportunities to win prizes.
Rodeo action on Saturday, Aug. 14, begins at 9 a.m. with a Ranch Horse Association of America competition, which requires riders to compete in ranch-related horsemanship areas such as reining, working cow horse and roping.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, the 17-and-under working cow horse event gets under way. It’s similar to the Ranch Horse Association event except the roping requirement is dropped.
The parade also is a big part of rodeo weekend. It will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Alpine Civic Center and finish at Jackson Field. Anyone who has a wagon, old buggy, historic ranch truck or a horse is welcome to enter the parade. Call Norma Elliott at 432-364-2822.
A chuckwagon cooking competition will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday
The Saturday night rodeo performance is at 7 p.m. and ends with the awards ceremony. Afterwards there will be a cowboy dance featuring the band Gunslinger at the Lobo Highland Inn.
On Sunday at 11 a.m., there will be a church service at the Big Bend Cowboy Church on Murphy Street.
A new but popular event is “Buy a Cowboy a Meal.” At least 100 cowboys from Texas and New Mexico will come here for the weekend, and Alpine can show some West Texas hospitality and donate to the “Buy a Cowboy a Meal” fund.
Donations may be sent to BBRR, PO Box 539, Alpine, TX 79831 or taken to Big Bend Saddlery on E. Hwy. 90. For more information about the meal event, call Gary Dunshee at 432-837-5551.
For more information about the entire event, call Chachi Hawkins at 432-364-2696 or Monty Kimball at 432-294-0300, or visit www.bigbendranchrodeo.com.