The Duncan Banner

October 4, 2013

Red River Ranch Rodeo begins

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — What cowboys do on a daily basis is the focus of the Red River Ranch Rodeo, which is set for tonight and Saturday night.

The ranch rodeo will run at 7 p.m. the next two nights, and will feature competitions including from cow milking, calf branding, cattle penning, steer doctoring, chuck wagon cooking and ranch horse races, among others.

“It’s whatever a cowboy does day to day on a ranch,” Roger Mallory, rodeo producer, said.

Mallory started the ranch rodeo 22 years ago, missing one year in the time he ran the event. For the past 11 years, the event has been sponsored by the FFA and 4-H agriculture groups.

He said the rodeo is different than what most people might associate with the term “rodeo.” Mallory said the lessons youths learn through the rodeo are invaluable. The competitions the youths participate in can be applied to farming and ranching careers.

“It’s a lot less commercialized,” Mallory said, comparing the ranch rodeo to an open or professional rodeo.

The winner of each competition is determined based on fastest time, whether its in a cowhide drag relay or in youth steer riding. In all, there will be 16 teams from the area competing in the various contests.

The proceeds of the event will  toward FFA and 4-H projects, Mallory said. These projects will be used for the spring fair livestock show to help support area youth and to providing funding for college scholarships.

Mallory said he’s looking forward to the event and hopes it draws a large crowd.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said.