Saddle & Sirloin's 5th Annual Ranch Rodeo is Saturday, April 30.

Ranch Rodeo comes to Martin City

“Whether you’re a big fan or you’ve never seen a ranch rodeo, you are going to enjoy watching these teams work.”

By Kathy Feist

Farm chores may seem mundane to the average ranch hand. But put in the context of a competitive ranch rodeo, they can get pretty fierce.

On Saturday, April 30, 12 regional ranch teams will compete in fast-paced events based on the type of work ranch hands do every day. Saddle & Sirloin’s 5th Annual Ranch Rodeo begins at 2 pm at 14401 Holmes Rd. The public is invited. 

Competitions include team penning, trailer loading, stray gathering, and wild cow milking, all done at a fast pace. A dummy steer roping will be held for children ages 10 and under. 

“Whether you’re a big fan and a regular at the World Championship in Amarillo or you’ve never seen a ranch rodeo, you are going to enjoy watching these teams work,” said Jerry Hedrick, Saddle & Sirloin member and an organizer of the event.

Troy Higgs with Lonesome Pine Ranch has repeatedly won Top Hand in several ranch rodeos in the country. Photo by Kathy Feist

One of the teams competing is  Lonesome Pine Ranch, a two-time world record holder in the WRCA (Working Ranch Cowboys Association) held in Amarillo, Texas.  The Higgs family is an all-around winner as well as a record holder for team penning and cow milking (18 seconds). Their ranch is located in the Flint Hills of Kansas. 

Winners are judged on how quickly they can sort out a given number of calves from a herd (Stray Gathering), rope a calf and load it into a trailer (Trailer Loading) and drive cattle from one end of the pen to the other (Team Penning) as well as roping and milking a wild heifer (Cow Milking).  

The Saddle & Sirloin Mounted Patrol, which has performed at the American Royal, Topeka Equifest and numerous local parades, will open the event with a flag routine choreographed to music. 

The event will be held rain or shine on the property’s covered arena. 

The rodeo is open to the public. Tickets are $10 per adult, which includes parking. A food trailer and beverages will be on hand

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