Ranch relay competition set for Sept. 9 in Crowley

Bruce Schultz  |  8/9/2017 1:42:50 PM

(08/09/17) CROWLEY, La. — The Louisiana Equine Council is preparing for its ranch relay team competition Sept. 9 at the Rice Arena in Crowley.

The public is invited.

“This promises to be an exciting event with a ranch competition for cowboys and cowgirls who think they can perform realistic ranch chores,” said Howard Cormier, LSU AgCenter Master Horseman equine specialist who is an adviser for the event.

Teams will consist of three people, with an entry fee of $100 per person. Team members must sign up by Aug. 25. Only 10 teams will be allowed.

“The teams can represent a named ranch, and they will compete for cash awards,” Cormier said.

The contest begins at 1 p.m. Contestants will saddle up quickly and ride against the clock in a ranch obstacle course that requires them to crack cups off a post with a bull whip, jump a log, go through thick brush, pull a load, rope and brand a steer, and load a group of cattle and their horses into a trailer.

Horsemanship will be scored, and those points will be included in the final score.

A negative Coggins test will be required for all horses entering the show grounds. Contestants must provide their own whip and rope.

A clinic at 9 a.m. will help riders improve their skills and practice over the course, whether they are riding in the competition or not. Cost of the clinic will be $20 or $15 for Louisiana Equine Council members.

To enter the competition, send a completed entry form and a $100 check to Louisiana Equine Council to Howard J. Cormier, 1373 Caffey Road, Rayne, LA 70578. An entry form will be available on the Louisiana Equine Council Facebook page and at laequinecouncil.com.

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