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Cowgirls prove they are 'wicked in spurs'

Cowgirls prove they are 'wicked in spurs'
A member of the Motley Crew Cowgirls wrestles a steer during the mugging competition.

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Wilson County News
September 19, 2012
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KENEDY -- Ten all-female teams spent their Saturday night under the Texas skies -- not dancing to the country music played by the DJ -- but competing in the “Pretty in Pink, Wicked in Spurs” ranch rodeo. After competing in five events, the Lucky 7-Town Ranch of Lufkin earned the bragging rights for the night by edging out second-place winners, Spur 1 of Lufkin, by only one point. Trailing them by three points was the 2K Cattle Co. of La Vernia.

Some of the cowgirls competed on two teams. Katie Pinner, named the Top Hand winner, participated on the first- and second-place teams. The Top Horse Award was given to a gray horse ridden by Anna Cook -- captain of the South Texas Misfits and a member of the Pitchfork Cattle team.

“Women’s ranch rodeos are a way to highlight the horsemanship, livestock, and ranch-working skills of women and a way to keep the western way of life alive and well,” said South Texas Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association organizer Bonnie Ramirez. “Ranching is a way of life for many and ranch rodeos are a form of ‘entertainment’ these days. They are gaining significant interest statewide and even in other states. So forming the South Texas Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association makes perfect sense,” she said.

Ramirez’s sister, Velma, competes on the Swaim A Rosa Ranch Hands team.


Ladies on the four-member teams traded in their pearls for lassoes and spurs to compete in sorting, mugging, branding, trailer loading, and rescue races. Some teams were defeated by the time limit or overcome by exhaustion.

In the first event, mugging, the cowgirls had to rope a steer and tie its legs, similar to calf roping. Only five teams were successful in this event, with Spur 1 taking first place with 79.78 seconds. The 2K Cattle Co. came in second with 101.02, followed by the Lucky 7-Town Ranch with 109. Seale Ranch and Pitchfork Cattle rounded out the teams completing their mission. The Motley Crew Cowgirls team was successful, but didn’t complete the job in the allotted 3-minute time.

It seemed the cattle were winning again in the second event, with five teams successful in the sorting contest. The object is to select three assigned calves from a herd of approximately 18 head, keeping the others in the designated area and preventing the assigned calves from returning to the herd.

The Motley Crew Cowgirls led the pack with a time of 52.56 seconds, followed by Rodeo Ready with 57.77. Coming in third with a time of 71.19 was Pitchfork Cattle, followed by the Lucky 7-Town Ranch and Seale Ranch.

The ladies gave it their all in the branding contest. The 2K Cattle Co. took top honors in this event, with an impressive time of 30.26 seconds. Spur 1 placed second with a 44.49, followed by Swaim A Rosa Ranch Hands with a 59.04.

Spur 1’s teamwork continued to shine with an impressive 25.45-second time in the trailer-loading contest. Pitchfork Cattle earned second place with 39.88, followed by the South Texas Misfits’ 41.31. Lucky 7-Town Ranch finished fourth with a 43.31.

Coming into the final event of the evening, the cowgirl rescue race, only one point separated the top two contenders -- Spur 1 and Lucky 7-Town Ranch. 2K Cattle Co. ranked fourth with 23 points entering the final race.

As the ladies competed against each other and the clock, the teams gave it their all in the rescue race. In this event, a rider must pick up a teammate three times and change to a “fresh” horse once.

The duel between the South Texas Misfits and 2K Cattle Co. was a tight race, with the Misfits winning by only 1.3 seconds, with a time of 56.8. Lucky 7-Town Ranch timed 59.2 seconds and The Barbed Wire Angels, 1 minute.

Formation of group

Anna Cook, 20, is the organizer behind the South Texas Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association and plans to have other events throughout South Texas. Cook hopes that after a series of events, a year-end final will be held.

Her mission is “to promote the working cowgirl way of life on the ranch through competitive events.”

The Texas A&M University animal science major said managing time between forming a rodeo association and getting a degree has been challenging.

Her inspiration to start the association here came when she attended one in the Panhandle area. “I thought, ‘Why not have some women’s ranch rodeos down here to accommodate women of interest in the South Texas region?’” Cook said.

And thus the journey began, with the first event held in Nixon this past June, with the Swaim A Rosa Ranch Hands named the winners.

“News spread like wildfire to surrounding towns and counties,” Cook said. “Women’s ranch rodeos now were gaining hype and interest.” The Kenedy rodeo followed.

With two successful women’s ranch rodeos under my belt, I plan on forming a nonprofit South Texas Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association for the 2013 year,” Cook said. “My dream is to see the association keep growing in popularity and take some of our proceeds and give back to the communities where a ranch rodeo is held.”

For more information, contact Cook at 830-477-6148 or follow on Facebook at South Texas Women’s Ranch Rodeo.

Pretty in Pink, Wicked in Spurs

Ten teams competed in the Kenedy event held Sept. 8, with the following participants:

Lucky 7-Town Ranch of Lufkin -- Mendi McCall (team captain), Courtney Sanders, Katie Pinner (Top Hand Award), and Kelsey Turner

Spur 1 of Lufkin --Courtney Sanders (team captain), Katie Pinner, Shae Richardson, and Kendra Fea

2K Cattle Co. of La Vernia -- Jessi Goodson (team captain), Halley Kolle, Whitney Thurmond, and Katy Wojciechowski

South Texas Misfits of College Station -- Anna Cook (team captain and recipient of the Top Horse Award), Melanie Armstrong, Anna Garza, and Caroline Spencer

The Barbed Wire Angels of Helotes -- Veronica Pritchett (team captain), Laura Martinez, Ruby Pena, and Victoria Pena

Swaim A Rosa Ranch Hands of Tilden --Velma Ramirez (team captain), Bailey Swaim, Delfina Bregman, and Shannon Arredondo

Motley Crew Cowgirls of Mount Enterprise -- Linda Fletcher (team captain), Jessica Weaver, Michelle Hight, and Stevie Malner

Rodeo Ready of Huffman -- Stephanie Jones (team captain), Robin Swinnea, Melanie Garrett, and Yattiska Gatson

Seale Ranch of Bigfoot -- Rebecca McCarthy (team captain), Callie Naeselin, Amy DuGosh, and Brandie Flores

Pitchfork Cattle of Carrizo Springs -- Sally Schmidt (team captain), Shanna Real, Anna Cook and Robin Zella


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