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Sorting Cattle Preserves Western Lifestyle

The J.S. Bridwell Ag Center played host to hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls this weekend, for a cattle sorting competition.
This weekend was the South Central Regional Qualifying event for the Ranch Sorting National Championships.

1,000 two-man teams saddled up and made it to the J.S. Bridwell Ag center for the event.

Stemming from the ranching tradition of sorting cattle, each team tries to separate out 9 calves one at a time and in numerical order. All in under a minute.

Competing cowboys and cowgirls of all ages participated in the event, which also helps preserve what organizers call the ranching lifestyle.

Dave Wolfe, the President of the RSNC, said, "being a cowboy and being a part of a ranching heritage, I think there's fewer and fewer ranchers all the time. This is an event that was started on ranches that basically started from sorting the cows from the calves, and the steers from the heifers.

"It happens every spring and fall," Wolfe continued, "and we've turned it into a competition."

Riders from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Louisiana competed this weekend.

For more information on how you can get involved in ranch sorting, click here.
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