12 Results for author: Bob Welch

Cowboys Never Change | The WRCA Blog

Around 1825, a French missionary named Abbe Domenech visited present-day Texas. In 1858, his narrative of the trip, Missionary Adventures in Texas and Mexico was published. His work is quoted in a 1904 book called Prose and Poetry of the Live Stock Industry, a comprehensive work on all the ranch-related doins of the ... More

Scholarship Time!

Early in the history of the Working Ranch Cowboys Association, providing opportunities for ranching’s next generation was a priority. As such, the WRCA Foundation (WRCF) annually awards scholarships for young ranch kids and non-traditional students to pursue their dreams in agriculture and beyond. In 2017, 42 scholars ... More

Enter up!

As 2018 dawned, I checked my email to find the WRCA had sent out the 2018 Ranch Team Packets. It includes information on team qualification standards, defining what it means to be a “working ranch,” who among partners, employees and day workers are eligible to compete on a team, and regulations and expectations of team ... More

History Lesson

The cowboys on the Burns Ranch know something about history. In fact, the ranch can trace its history in Henrietta, Texas, back more than 125 years to 1890, when Aldolphus Raht first put the acreage together. The Burns/Johnson family has owned the ranch since 1928. Now, Graham Johnson represents the fourth generation of ... More

Top Horse

Despite his registered name, John C. Brian isn’t exactly sure what Razzle Dazzle Rey did to catch the attention of the judges who selected him as the Top Horse at the 22nd Annual World Championship Ranch Rodeo in Amarillo last November. “I don’t know what made him stand out,” Brian said. “All those cowboys ... More

WRCA Foundation Year End Wrap-Up

As most folks in the ranching world know, 2017 was a year of tragedy for a huge swath of the Great Plains cow country. Devastating fires raged in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Montana, and Nevada. Somewhere near 2 million acres were burned and untold cattle were lost. While the record wildfires laid waste to prime ... More

WCRR Top Hand Connor Grokett

Connor Grokett had cows to feed. After being at the World Championship Ranch Rodeo for five days, he and his wife, Kalyn, had a list of chores piling up back at the JLB Ranch in Fall River, Kansas, where he is the division manager. After rodeoing all week with the Robbins Ranch and Keith Cattle team (he day works for ... More

WRCA Foundation #GivingTuesday

Most cowboys aren’t into Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday. Those days pass as most others in the fall: feeding cows or straightening out weanlings. Oh sure, if they get to the house before the evening news is over, they’ll see the crazed hoards trampling each other for the latest video game and ... More

What a Week! | The WRCA Blog

As a rookie team at the 22nd World Championship Ranch Rodeo, I have to say that the experience was an incredible one. First, I’d like to thank the WRCA staff, board of directors, and volunteers for a great week. I’ve been to the WCRR enough to see that the contestants are well taken care of, but to experience it ... More

A Sad Silence | Remembering Hadley Barrett

  Hadley Barrett was the rodeo fans’ best friend. Not only is he perhaps the most-listened-to rodeo announcer of all time, he was the finest. Grandparents, parents, and children have all heard him describe the action on the arena floor during his 50-year career. None have done it with the dignity and class of ... More