The Working Ranch Cowboys Association World Championship Ranch Rodeo brought the ranching community together for a weekend of rodeo, shopping and showing.

Twenty ranches from eight states traveled to Amarillo, Texas, for the Working Ranch Cowboys Association (WRCA) World Championship Ranch Rodeo held November 7–10. The event, now in its 24th year, is a favorite for many in the ranching community not only for the ranch rodeo but also for its trade show, entertainment, horse show and more. This year proved another success with unforgettable moments.

Robert Forst win the senior class at the RHAA show in Amarillo.
Robert Forst and Seven S Indian Maid captured the RHAA senior horse win in Amarillo. Photo by Ross Hecox

When the Ranch Goes to Town: Cowboys traveled to Amarillo to compete in Ranch Horse Association of America classes. Among the winners was Robert Forst of Oklahoma, riding Seven S Indian Maid in the senior horse class. Forst also won reserve in the junior horse class on Seven S Cats Meow.

The high seller at the WRCA Invitational Ranch Gelding Sale was Hesasmooth Hillbilly, consigned by Mozaun McKibben
Photo by Ross Hecox

Ranch Gelding Sale: The WRCA hosted it’s first Invitational Ranch Gelding Sale. The high selling horse was Hesasmooth Hillbilly (Smooth as a Cat x Dual Peppy Cat x High Brow Cat) for $50,000, and was consigned by Mozaun McKibben.

Spurs, buckles and other tack was for sale at the WRCA trade show.
Image by Lizzie Iwersen

Top-Notch Trade Show: The trade show at WRCA never disappoints. Shoppers can browse three exhibit halls filled with new and used tack and gear, ranch equipment, clothing, jewelry and more. Many vendors say this show is their bread-and-butter event.

Whip Peterson was the roper for his team, Hatchet Ranch and Willows Ranch, during the wild cow milking.
Photo by Katie Frank

Watch Me, Whip: The buzz around town was about the talented Whip Peterson. The handy 15-year-old was part of the Hatchet Ranch and Willows Ranch team.

Lonesome Pine Ranch was one of five ranch rodeo teams from Kansas.
Lonesome Pine Ranch pens a cow. Photo by Katie Frank

Kansas State Represents: Out of the 20 ranch rodeo teams, five were from Kansas—Arndt Ranch & Bailey Ranch; Beachner Brothers Livestock; Haywire Cattle Company; Keith Cattle Company & Perry Thomspon Ranch; and Lonesome Pine Ranch.

Justin Peterson broke an ranch bronc riding arena record in Amarillo.
Photo by Katie Frank

Ranch Bronc Arena Record: Justin Peterson, of Haywire Cattle Company, broke an arena record in the ranch bronc riding with a score of 85.5.

The WRCA World Championship Rodeo hosted two screenings of the documentary Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait
Image courtesy of Bud Force and John Langmore

Silver Screen Cowboys: Directors and producers Bud Force and John Langmore presented two free screenings of their film, Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait. The documentary provides an honest look at ranching life and working cowboys on big outfits.

Ima Wynna RAB won top horse at the WRCA Ranch Rodeo World Championship
Ima Wynna RAB, ridden by JoJo Lemond. Photo by Katie Frank

Top Honors: After scoring the arena record in ranch bronc riding, Justin Peterson of Haywire Cattle Company was named top hand for the second year in a row. Top horse honors went to Ima Wynna RAB, owned by Rob. A. Brown and ridden by JoJo Lemond.

Nick Peterson of Jolly Ranch helps win the 2019 WRCA World Championship Ranch Rodeo title
Nick Peterson of the Jolly Ranch and S&L Cattle Company ranch rodeo team. Photo by Ross Hecox

World Champions: Jolly Ranch/ S&L Cattle came out on top of the 24th annual world championship. Members of the Colorado team included Jesse Jolly (team captain), Dustin Bowling, Nick Peterson, Phy Lord, Kyle Spitz and Will Shaffer.


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