Sunday, April 9th
Starts at 9am
A point and time event wherein the stock savvy and skill of the dog, rider and horse are put to the test. The competition centers around maneuvering a small group of cattle through a number of obstacles in a set amount of time.
The goal of the event is to revolutionize modern cow dog competition by most accurately simulating the way in which cow dogs are utilized in everyday cattle operations on working cattle ranches. And, since most cattle operations take care not to harass and "run the weight" off their cattle, it places a great deal of emphasis on the stockmanship of the handler and the quiet and controlled manner in which the dog maneuvers the cattle.
The event is unique from other cow dog competitions in that the majority of the obstacles require both the dog and horse/rider to negotiate. For this reason, use of the horse is not restricted in any way. With the handler on horseback, it provides a great place for individuals to enjoy their good cow horses and work their good cow dogs through courses that either take place in an arena or cross country, or both! This concept of truly utilizing the horse has made the event attractive to the ranching and western performance horse industries.