SLIDESHOW: 17 Moments from Saturday Night

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Alan Rabel of Swenson Land & Cattle in Stamford, Texas, opted for a reride Saturday night. Here, his bronc goes out of the chutes — and then up. His second-ride score was a 71. Rodey Wilson of the Wilson Cattle and T4 Cattle team from Hereford and Canyon, Texas, rides Tivio Enterprise in calf branding, working for a time of :45.50. Nick Peterson of the Jolly Ranch/Lord Ranch team of Agate and Lamar, Colorado, partners up with Swingin Lil Cowboy in the calf branding event. The team’s time was :70.12. Doug Hall and Badger Jamey have a pretty good task on their hands, putting the initial stop on their wild cow. Their Broken H Ranch/Stierwalt Ranch team from Bronson, Kansas, and Shidler, Okla., stopped the clock at a very competitive :38.17. They call it “cowboy water skiing,” and Cody Heck of the Crutch Ranch in Borger, Texas, got a taste of it Saturday night, as his team struggled to stop their cow in the wild cow milking event. The team’s time was :49.96. The team from North Dakota is making a showing at the WCRR. Here, Jim Roedeske on Mates Marsbar put the hustle on calves in team penning. They ended with a score of :86.35. The boys from Lonesome Pine Ranch of Cedar Point, Kansas, celebrate a slick run in team penning. At :48.89, it turned out to be the second-fastest time of the night. WCRR veterans Riley Smith and Randy Knight of Sandhill Cattle Co. from Earth, Texas, sort through the herd in team penning. Riley, at left, is riding the good horse, Mark That Playn Cat, while Randy is on Capitol Colt. Courtesy of the American Quarter Horse Association, each WCRR program listed the American Quarter Horses and their pedigrees, with their corresponding saddle-pad numbers, so that rodeo fans could learn more about the horses they were watching. Todd Casebolt, riding for Pitchfork Land and Cattle-Oklahoma Division and Barrett Cattle, go full bore toward the two steers in stray gathering. This event calls for four cowboys on horseback to head and heel two steers (running in the arena at the same time!), then tie three legs to immobilize the steers. Todd’s team got it done in :94.09. Ryan Rhinehart of the Buford Ranches-Craig Co. team was the first bronc rider out of the chutes Saturday night. He scored a 73 riding Boogerhead from the renowned Harry Vold Rodeo Co. Pretty good bronc name, don’t you think? Shannon Adcock of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, took home one of the most sought-after items in the WRCF auction. It is a numbered artist’s proof of a painting done by renowned Western artist Bill Owen, who passed away in June. The WCRR arena is the site for the presentation of the prestigious Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda Award, which honors breeders of great ranch horses. The Matador Ranch of Texas is the 2013 recipient, and manager Bob Kilmer addresses the crowd, giving credit and thanks to all who helped earn the achievement. We all need a little helping hand sometimes! Here, Pokey the Clown “leads” the horse for the littlest cowboy competing at the Junior Ranch Rodeo Finals. This little guy is a huge fan of Pokey the Clown, and when Pokey met him Saturday morning before his Junior Ranch Rodeo Finals, he even helped him put on some clown makeup. The auction raised $13,530 — funds that will go directly toward helping ranch cowboys who have been struck by illness or injury and toward ranch kids who are going to college. Scholarship recipient Kalen McKibben, who is attending Oklahoma State University, addressed the auction crowd, telling them how much the WRCF scholarship meant to her and to the ranching lifestyle it supports. Some of the auction items even came with a demonstration. This stuffed horse actually propelled itself, and there were lots of grandparents in the audience eyeballing it with Christmas in mind. Auctioneer Gary Moore calls a bid during the WRCF Crisis Fund and Scholarship Brunch & Auction. The fundraiser featured donations from trade-show vendors and a variety of other generous supporters.