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Winnemucca Ranch Hand Rodeo draws big crowds, top teams in annual contest

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

Winnemucca, Nev. – The 2019 Winnemucca Ranch Hand Rodeo included 33 teams who competed for over $17,000 in cash, along with buckles, prizes and bragging rights.

C7 Ranch of Gooding, Idaho won the 2019 rodeo, and Owyhee Guys of Beowawe, Nev. came second. Jim Ranch of Owyhee, Ore. came in third place, followed by the Badlands Gang of Burns, Ore. In fourth and TL Ranch from Bruneau, Idaho in fifth. 

Top hand for the event was Junior Harney from the Owyhee Guys in Beowawe, Nev. 

Courtney Frazier of Jim Ranch won the Steer Stop. Dalton Jim of Jim Ranch won the Saddle Bronc Riding. 

The Branding and Mugging events were both won by C7 Ranch, and Bar W Ranch of Winnemucca, Nev. won the Ranch Doctoring and Trailer Loading events. 

TL Ranch won the Team Roping.

Ranch Hand of the Year

Jack Warn was honored as the 2019 “Ranch Hand of the Year” during the event’s 30th anniversary celebration. 

It’s a worthy tribute for the longtime northern Nevada resident, cowboy, rancher, brand inspector and more, according to Agricultural District No. 3 President Kent Maher.

“Jack Warn has been a longtime fixture in the ranching community,” said Maher. “He deserves this honor and the chance to stand alongside our other greats who have strengthened our local ranching heritage.”

Cowdog trials

During the 2019 Winnemucca Cow Dog Trials, the Brace Champion award went to Pat Browning with Jack and Roy. 

Clint Johnson and Drover were Open Champions. 

The Intermediate Champion was Alvin Young with Bo, and Jake Christensen and Frank won Ranch Champion honors.

Tom Richards and Del won the Nursery Champion Award.

Stock Horse Challenge

2019’s Stock Horse Challenge was well attended, as well, with winners from across the region. 

The Open Ranch Horse Champion was Handy N Gotta Gun, owned and ridden by Flint Lee. The same horse and rider also won Open Two Rein/Bridle.

Nibbles, owned and ridden by Jymme Dominguez, was the Open Snaffle Bit/Hackamore Champion.

The Non-Pro Snaffle Bit/Hackamore Champion was Chip, owned and ridden by Jake Brennan.

Chubs, owned and ridden by Rolly Lisle, was the Non-Pro Two-Rein/Bridle Champion.

Limited Non Pro Bridle was won by Cats Gotta Pepto, owned and ridden by Bea Lee.

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