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Deming Ranch Rodeo

Ranch Rodeo: Not Your Typical Rodeo

Over the weekend, I had the incredible opportunity to witness and photograph the Ranch Rodeo, an electrifying event hosted by MidPoint Equine Events in the charming town of Deming, New Mexico. This two-day extravaganza showcased the true essence of ranch life, featuring a range of captivating events that highlighted the skills and camaraderie of the participants. As a photographer, I was thrilled to capture the raw energy and genuine excitement that filled the arena throughout the entire weekend.

A panned photograph of a cowgirl riding a dark bay horse while carrying the American flag during a ranch rodeo in Deming, New Mexico.

Six Exciting Events

Friday evening kicked off the festivities with a lineup of thrilling events that truly brought the spirit of ranching to life. The crowd roared with enthusiasm as cowgirls took part in barrel racing, displaying their incredible speed and agility. It was a sight to behold as they skillfully maneuvered their horses around the barrels, racing against the clock to claim victory.

Photograph of a cowgirl riding her horse around a white barrel during a rodeo in Deming, New Mexico.

Instead of barrel racing, Saturday’s ranch rodeo started off with 10 team ropers racing the clock to rope their steers.

Photograph of a cowgirl and a cowboy roping a steer together during a team roping event.

The team doctoring event followed, showcasing the participants’ ability to rope, wrestle, and treat “injured” cattle, just as they would on a real working ranch. The adrenaline soared as the teams demonstrated their teamwork and precision in this intense and fast-paced event.

Photograph of a cowboy swinging his rope while chasing after a steer in Deming, New Mexico.

The wild cow milking event had everyone at the edge of their seats. As the name suggests, participants had to milk a wild cow – an entertaining challenge that required both bravery and skill. The excitement reached its peak as the teams made daring attempts to complete the task amidst the unpredictable behavior of the cows.

Photograph of cowboys milking a cow during a ranch rodeo.

Next came the stray gathering event, which tested the competitors’ herding abilities. It was impressive to witness the cowboys expertly round up stray cattle and guide them into the designated area, demonstrating the importance of these skills on a real ranch.

A photograph of three cowboys chasing after a steer while spinning their ropes during a ranch rodeo.

Following that, the branding event showcased a significant aspect of ranching culture. Participants skillfully branded the cattle while the clock was ticking, replicating a crucial activity in the management of livestock.

Photograph of three cowboys holding down a calf while branding it with chalk during a rodeo in Deming, New Mexico.

The last event of the ranch rodeo is always the most exciting – the ranch bronc riding. Brave cowboys from each team saddled their broncs and did their best to stay on the powerful horses for 8 seconds.

Photograph of a cowboy riding a bucking horse during a rodeo in Deming, New Mexico.

The Allure of Ranch Rodeo

What sets a ranch rodeo apart from a traditional one is its focus on the skills that are integral to life on a ranch. While traditional rodeos are undoubtedly captivating, ranch rodeos have a unique charm of their own. They provide a glimpse into the hard work, dedication, and genuine camaraderie found in a close-knit ranching community.

Participants in ranch rodeos are not just athletes; they are true cowboys and cowgirls with practical skills used in day-to-day ranch operations. It is this authenticity that draws people in, creating an experience that resonates with both seasoned ranchers and rodeo enthusiasts alike.

Photograph of a pair of cowboys holding a steer down while tying its legs together during a rodeo in Deming, New Mexico.

Final Thoughts

As the weekend came to a close, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the opportunity to capture the essence of the MidPoint Ranch Rodeo in Deming, New Mexico. The event not only celebrated the traditions and skills of ranching but also showcased the passion and dedication of the participants who truly live and breathe the cowboy way of life.

I’m already counting down the days until next year’s MidPoint Ranch Rodeo. The excitement, the camaraderie, and the thrill of witnessing genuine ranching skills in action make it an event like no other. If you want to relive the excitement or witness it for yourself, be sure to check out the gallery of photographs from the rodeo available at the following link:

Whether you’re a seasoned rancher, a rodeo enthusiast, or simply someone looking for a unique and exhilarating experience, the MidPoint Ranch Rodeo is an event that should not be missed. Until next year’s rodeo, happy trails!

Photograph of a cowboy racing his horse across a starting line during a rodeo.

July 31, 2023

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