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Winnemucca’s annual weekend crowns champions during rodeo, dog trials and offers high-selling horse

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

Winnemucca, Nev. – The 33rd annual Ranch Hand Rodeo Weekend took place March 2-6 at the Winnemucca Events Complex. The complex hosted 30 teams and crowned champions in saddle bronc riding, steer stopping, wild mugging, trailer loading, team roping, ranch doctoring and team branding.  

Overall Ranch Hand Rodeo team results 

First place was awarded to McFarlane Quarter Horses from Wilder, Idaho. The team consisted of Jaylen Eldridge, Jerad McFarlane, Ryan MacKenzie, Zalin Arritola and Katie McFarlane. The team took home top honors with a total of 55 points.

Second place, with 54 points, went to C7 Cattle of Gooding, Idaho. The team consisted of Casey Brunson, Jared Parke, Dan Webb, Matt Williams and Candida Eldridge. 

The third-place team was Jim Ranch of Owyhee, Neb. Riders included Gus King, Gene Curtis, Daxton and Dalton Jim and Bobby Jean Jones Colyer. The team secured the third-place position with 38 points. 

Thirty-six total points was awarded to Ride Em and Slide Em of Burley, Idaho. Kendall Thomas, Taylor Lloyd, Clayton Brumm, Quirt and Bailey Boyles made up the fourth-place team. 

Rounding out the top five with 25 points is Vanbelle Ranch of Fallon, Nev. The team consisted of Jimmy VanBelle, Tio Simmons, David Temple, Barry O’Leary and Samantha Kearns. 

The total payout for the Ranch Hand Rodeo was $25,750 with the top team taking home $6,437.50. 

Event champions 

Champions were crowned in the standard ranch rodeo events. McFarlane Quarter Horses were crowned the team branding and ranch doctoring champions with 10 points in both events. 

In the wild mugging, trailer loading and team roping, C7 Cattle was named the champion with 10 points awarded in each event. 

Katie McFarlane of McFarlane Quarter Horses was crowned the steer stop champion with 10 points and Zalin Arritola of McFarlane Quarter Horses was crowned the saddle bronc champion with 10 points awarded.

Overall women’s ranch hand rodeo results 

This year’s event invited 12 teams of four women. The teams competed in team roping, branding, tie-down roping and trailering and doctoring. $4,000 in added money was available for the teams to win. 

Taking home first place with a total of 39 points was the NK Ranch of Owyhee, Nev. The team consisted of Jessica Kelly, Timmy Lyn DeLong, Katie Cavasin and Addy Hill. NK Ranch also took home the trailer loading and doctoring championship title. 

Second place with a total of 38 points was awarded to Tri State of Winnemucca, Nev. Riders included Tayler Torkelson, Samantha Kerns, Kristen Loverin and Nora Hunt-Lee. 

Third place with 36 total points was awarded to Carmen Buckingham, Bailey Bachman, Katie McFarland and Kayla Tiegs of Miller Livestock Solutions, Bruneau, Idaho. The team also secured champion wins in the team roping, tie-down roping and branding. 

Kiel Livestock of Lovelock, Nev. took home fourth-place honors with 35 points. The team consisted of Sandy Kiel, Natalie Norcutt, Jymme Dominguez and Abby Jackson. 

Riders Brynn Lehman, Sloan McFarlane, Candida Eldridge and Jayce Blake of Young Guns, Nampa, Idaho took home fifth-place honors with 28 points. 

Cowdog trials 

In addition to the ranch rodeo, the event hosted a cowdog trial with exhibitors competing in the classes of brace, open, intermediate, ranch and nursery. The 2022 trial was sanctioned by the National Cattledog Association and the Mountain States Stock Dog Association. There was one elimination round with the top placing dogs advancing to the finals in each class. 

In the brace class first-place went to Brian Jacobs with GS Mojo and RKB Lacy; second place went to John Rose with Tuffy and Toby; and third place went to Jeffery Horner with Gun and Telsa. 

In the intermediate class John Rose with BJ Toby received first-place; Shauna Moser with dog Sophie was second; and Gina Liberini with 2S Echo received third-place honors.

In the open class, first place went to Paula Gow and her dog Ko Jack; second place was given to Jeff Clausen and his dog Ruthe; David Gordon and his dog Nuck received third place; fourth place went to owner Brian Jacobs and his dog GS Mojo; and rounding out the class is JR Bailey with JJ. 

In the ranch class first place was awarded to Chantelle Nielsen with her dog Jack; Trev Moser with Jude received second; and Sylvia Arnett with her dog Becca took home third-place honors. 

In the nursery class Brian Jacobs with Ransom took home first place; Mike Collins with Pie took home second-place honors; and JR Bailey with dog JJ took home third place.

Ranch, Rope and Performance Horse Sale 

On March 5, the Winnemucca Ranch, Rope and Performance Horse Sale offered top-quality ranch, rope and performance horses – both finished and started prospects. Each sale horse was observed for quality, temperament and soundness. Horses were then worked in dry, trail and cattle work. The sale has become well known for the quality of horses and efficient crew. 

The top-selling horse was Mobster Hideout of Tom and Carmen Buckingham. Joree Anderson of Winnemucca, Nev. took the horse home for $36,000. 

The overall sale average was $12,640 and the top 10 sale average was $19,250. 

Rounding out the activities was the wild horse racing. Team Noland consisted of Jess Nolan, Leory Morningowl and Avon Garcia. The team was awarded top honors during the 33rd annual event.  

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Brittany Gunn is the editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. Send comments on this article to 

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