The 32nd Annual Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association's Range Round-Up was held this past weekend. Cowboys that competed in the event hosted several children and their families for the 'Children's Hospital Foundation Ranch Rodeo' on Saturday.
About 20 children who have benefited from the Children's Hospital Foundation along with their families attended the event. The children's ranch rodeo consisted of horse rides, branding, dummy roping, stick horse barrel racing and getting to spend time and talk to real ranch cowboys.
"The OCA Range Round-Up is a ranch rodeo with a mission — Cowboys Helping Kids," said Tim Drummond Range Round-Up Committee Chair. In the past 19 years, the event has contributed more than $420,000 to the Children's Hospital Foundation.
"It's become traditions to spend time with the children we support and their families. Honestly, it's my favorite part of the entire weekend," Drummond said. "It really gives me and the other cowboys a visual of what this event is all about."
The competition is fierce, but the cowboys don't take home much more than bumps and bragging rights when it's all said and done.
This year there was a tie for the Champion Team honors. McCoy Ranch and Beebe Livestock tied with Drummond Land and Cattle. Tim Drummond is a member of the Drummond and and Cattle team.
"Knowing that we are raising money for children's medical research and that it stays here in Oklahoma to help our own is an incentive and makes competing worth the while," Drummond said. "Thank you to all the fans who attended the event, cheered the cowboys on and supported such a worthy cause.”
The American Farmers and Ranchers sponsored the Children's Hospital Foundation Ranch Rodeo and provided goody bags for each child to take home and enjoy.
"We appreciate the partnership we have with AFR and thank them for helping us make those kids feel special," concluded Drummond.