Not Your Typical Rodeo!

Horse- 1st PlaceThe North Dakota State Fair is geared up for some Great. Big. Fun. and ready to watch you and your team compete in the 2013 Ranch Rodeo.  In this 6th annual competition teams of cowboys and cowgirls will compete against each other in events that display somewhat typical ranch jobs, such as trailer loading, team mugging and even wild cow milking! We are looking for the toughest cowboys and cowgirls in North Dakota to compete in this year’s event!  Registration will begin on June 1 and run through June 17 with an entry fee of $160.

See below for a brief description of the events:

Trailer Relay Race – Two trailers, each with 4 saddled and bridled horses loaded in the trailer with the tail gates latched, will be placed in the arena. The first contestant will race out of the truck and unload their horse from the trailer, make a lap around the arena and enter their designated area behind the trailer, pass the baton to their team mate and repeat until all team mates have completed a lap, loaded their horse, and returned to the pickup.
 
Trailer Loading – Cattle will be held at one end of the arena with a trailer parked at the opposite end. When a number is announced and the whistle is blown, the team will chase steer across the line before roping. Once the steer has crossed the line the team has to rope and load it in the designated trailer. The competition will be completed when the tail gate is latched with only the designated steer in the trailer.
 
Article 47 - Ranch RodeoTeam Mugging – Cattle will be numbered and held behind a chalk line. When a number is announced and the whistle is blown the team will chase the steers across the line before roping. Once the steer has crossed the line it can be roped or bulldogged and then mugged. Other contestants will wrestle the steer down and tie 3 legs together. This competition will be complete when the head rope is removed and the tie is completed.
 
Range Doctoring – All cattle will be numbered and held behind a chalk line. When the number is called and the whistle is blown the team will chase the steer across the line before roping. The steer will be headed, heeled, and laid on either side. A contestant will make a mark between the eyes using a colored marker while the steer is lying on its side. The time will be stopped and the competition will be complete when all ropes are removed.
 
Wild Cow Milking – When a number is announced and the whistle is blown the time will chase the cow across the line and rope it with as many ropes as needed. The other team members will stop the cow and milk it into the bottle. The bottle will then be taken to the designated area by a team member concluding the competition.

Two nights of Ranch Rodeo will be held on Wednesday, July 24 & Thursday, July 25 with 12 different teams performing each night.  If more than 12 teams register a random drawing will be held onJune 18 to fill the competition places. Registration forms can be found online at ndstatefair.com/attractions. For more information contact Jennifer at 701-857-7620.

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