WEST JEFFERSON — Calling all Cowboys, Cowgirls and spectators. The annual Rough Cut Cowboy Race will take place Saturday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. in West Jefferson.
Now in it’s third year, the Rough Cut Cowboy Race is a timed, judged event and is sponsored by the Happy Trails Cowboy Church of Ashe. This exciting event will be held at the Baker Farm, 3460 Dick Phillips Road in West Jefferson.
The race includes tactical skills tests for both horse and rider including navigating through an obstacle course which includes a jump, a water hazard and more. There is a $100 cash prize for first place. The top three riders will be qualified for the Cowboy Church Network Rough Cut Cowboy Challenge Race this fall in Locust, North Carolina. The top prize there will be $1000.
One change this year will be the inclusion of a Family Fun Day after the Cowboy Challenge Race at 2 p.m. which will feature youth and adult classes in speed events such as barrel racing, Texas barrels, speed barrels and pole bending. The family activities will also include fun classes like Lead Line, Ride-A-Buck, potato race, Egg and spoon race,”Go as you please,” along with Racking, Trail and Halter classes.
Practice rides begin at 8 a.m. and are $5 per run. Entry fees are $30 for the Challenge Race. The Family Fun Day events are $10 for speed events and $5 to enter each class or $25 for all classes you may want to enter. Ribbons will be awarded for 1 through 10th place.
This is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon so whether you are into horses or not, come out and watch! Concessions will be available but be sure to bring a lawn chair.
For more information contact Donnie Goodman at 828-406-7996 or Cowboy Church Pastor, Roger L. Blevins at 336-977-2043.