Mark Your Calendars!
Big Bend Ranch Rodeo
August 11-12, 2023 ★ Alpine, Texas
Tickets for the Big Bend Ranch Rodeo
will only be available at the gate and
will go on sale at 5:30 each night before
the 7 o’clock performance.
Tickets are $10 for individuals age 13 and up,
children 12 and under are free.
Buy a Cowboy a Meal
“Buy a Cowboy a Meal” has been great success and a part of our weekend that these ranch cowboys are still talking about!
You can send in your donation to
PO Box 2140
Alpine, Tx 79831
or drop it off at
Big Bend Saddlery or OutWest Feed and Supply.
For more information contact Mattie Sargent at 432-837-5551.
Big Bend Ranch Rodeo Awarded the
2020 WRCA Rodeo of the Year Award
The Big Bend Ranch Rodeo is extremely proud to announce that it has been named 2020 RODEO OF THE YEAR by the Working Ranch Cowboys Association (WRCA). The BBRR has been an official sanctioned WRCA rodeo for the past 20 years and is the 2nd sanctioned rodeo to be given this award.
The Big Bend Ranch Rodeo has been a leader among WRCA sanctioned rodeos in many areas: we are proud to be the 1st sanctioned rodeo to designate our proceeds for rodeo scholarships, we were the 1st to establish a Youth Competition as part of our rodeo weekend (that has spread to the WRCA as one of their weekend events) and we were also the 1st to have a “Buy a Cowboy a Meal” type program where we feed every contestant in addition to a hospitality tent where the cowboys and their families can get a hot meal.
The Big Bend Ranch Rodeo Committee is made up of hard working people who are dedicated to preserving the ranching way of life and providing a venue where working ranch cowboys can show off the skills they use in their everyday work and also have a little fun and maybe earn a little prize money. 2020 Committee members are: Gary Dunshee, John and MaryAnn Luedecke, Don Cadden, Mattie and Clayton Sargent, Ashley Wood, Stacey Wood, CJ Aragon, Jess and Colby Smith, Dennis Yadon, Paula Wilson and Lonnie Rodriguez, Tate McMullan and Chachi Hawkins.
This ranch rodeo could not happen every year without the terrific support of area businesses, restaurants and ranches and we are grateful for their continued interest in keeping the working cowboy traditions alive. Our hats are off to you all. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.
Ranch Rodeo events showcase/demonstrate the everyday work that takes place on a working cattle ranch by working ranch cowboys. For example: Ranch Bronc Riding, Cattle sorting, Cattle Doctoring, Wild Cow Milking and Calf Branding.
Ranch Rodeo cowboys make their living everyday working for the cattle producer, be it in the Big Bend of Texas to the Mountains of Oregon to the Flint Hills of Kansas and to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. We feel there is nothing better than “riding for the brand” (the ranch we are employed by).
Ranch Bronc Riding
“Ride as ride can” for 8 seconds. One member from each team will be required to ride a bucking horse in a working ranch saddle and one-rein halter (no PRCA rigging allowed).
Points will be awarded for the difficulty of the horse and also for the degree of aggressiveness, control and exposure demonstrated by the rider. (This one gets nasty!)
Four men from each team have two minutes to sort out five head of cattle from a herd. These cattle must be sorted in numerical order based on a starting number called out by the announcer as the team approaches the starting line. The time begins when the first rider crosses the start line. Example: If 4 is called, cattle to be sorted will be 4,5,6,7,8.
Sorted cattle must be held across the line. Any wrong numbered cattle across the line will result in a NO TIME. (This one is tough!)
Four horseback members from each team must pick one numbered animal from a large herd, rope it, and place a non-toxic paint mark between the animal’s eyes in less than two minutes. As riders approach the line, the announcer will call a number that has been drawn for them. Time begins when the first rider crosses the line. Without loping into the herd, a numbered yearling must be cut out from the herd and driven across the start line, before it can be roped.
The steer must be lying on its side prior to doctoring. All four feet must be visible. When steer is on its side, vet will place a mark between it’s eyes and raise his hands, stopping time. Mark must be between its eyes or will result in no time. (This one is a ranch necessity!)
Up to six members, including a roper, two flankers, a brander and two herd holders, from each team can compete here. Two teams will compete at the same time and they each have two minutes to rope, throw and mark with non-toxic paint, two calves each. The ropers will start together. Time begins when they cross the line. Only one rope can be used in the branding.
The winner is the fastest time on two calves. (This one is exciting!)
Wild Cow Milking
Any kid who wants to have some fun and doesn’t mind getting a little dirty gets into the arena at one end and they take off one boot. Officials take all the boots to the other end of the arena and scatter them out.
Then there is a race to get to the other end of the arena, find the right boot, put it on and run back as fast as possible to cross the finish line.
Mutton Bustin’ is an exciting event for the boys and girls who want to experience the excitement of riding in the rodeo arena. In the rodeo arena the kids will be on the sheep inside a chute.
The time of the ride begins when the chute opens—the ride will be timed for 6 seconds. The kid who holds on for 6 seconds and has a good ride will be the winner.