Working cowboys to bring ‘pure rodeo’ to Penrose
Competition at Equestrian Center to include wild-horse racing, wild-cow milking July 3

       A wild-horse race, bronc riding and wild-cow milking are among the featured competitions at the second annual “Ride for the Brand” July 3 at Penrose Stadium.
       The event, sponsored by the Working Ranch Cowboy Association (WRCA) and hosted by nationally known cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell, will start at 6 p.m. and end around 9 p.m.
       Competitors will include “100 working cowboys from 28 historic ranches and seven states (who will) compete with one another and against the clock as they demonstrate their cowboy skills in five fast and furious events.”
        In addition to the three events listed at the top of this story, other events are trailer loading (in which competitors try to get a cow into a trailer) and team doctoring (simulating situations on the range where an ailing animal needs to be taken care of).
       At noon July 2, the cowboys are scheduled to herd 100 longhorns down Tejon Street between Cache la Poudre Street and the Pioneers Museum.
       The intent is to draw attention to the July 3 rodeo and let people see how working cowboys perform.
        “It's kind of a revert to the real deal thing - pure rodeo,” said event spokeswoman Kathleen Collins.
        The WRCA was set up 10 years ago, with Mitchell's help, “to set up some awareness of the guys who do the work on ranches,” Collins said. “These guys go nuts out there against each other. They're competing for some cash prizes and belt buckles and mostly the honor.”
       WRCA has evolved to doing up to 20 ranch rodeos nationally a year
       A free cowboy concert by the group, Sons of the San Joaquin, is scheduled after “Ride for the Brand.”
        Tickets are $12.50, with ages 6 and under free. They can be purchased in advance through 520-SHOW or at the gate.

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