From Riding to Roping: The Big Bend Ranch Rodeo Returns to Alpine

The Big Bend Ranch Rodeo takes place from Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12 at various locations in Alpine.

The rodeo showcases the everyday work of cowboys that takes place on cattle ranches. Some of the events for this year’s program are bronc riding, wild cow milking, team doctoring, team branding, and team sorting.

Ashley Wood, a committee member with the ranch rodeo, says she feels passionate about supporting the heritage the rodeo helps preserve. “It’s a dying art. These guys, you know, go and work on a ranch everyday,” Wood says. “[P]eople don’t really know what that’s all about. They don’t know what it involves. And that’s important to me to keep that alive.”

The proceeds benefit Sul Ross State University in ranch related needs.

You can find out more about the rodeo here

About Diana Nguyen

Diana Nguyen is a born and bred Texan from Houston. She reports for Marfa Public Radio where she also hosts and produces the interview program West Texas Talk. Nguyen studied Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas, was a student at the Transom Story Workshop, and was a Next Generation Radio Fellow. Her work explores the stories and forces that shape the people and places of Far West Texas.
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