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madness and mayhem on four

heels and wheels

chuckwagon races return to bandera

By Karen Brown

Volume Fourteen - Issue Eight April 2010

Country will be hopping in more ways than one thanks to a one of a kind chuckwagon racing and rodeo event hosted by 2E Twin Elm Guest Ranch located in Bandera, TX. Begin- ning Saturday April 10th

popular dude ranch will open its gates to campers and cowboys alike, allowing anyone with a tent, trailer or RV, a spot on

, the This April the Hill

the ranch to enjoy the week- long festivities. Ranch horses will be available for guided horseback rides but 2E Twin Elm encourages everyone to bring their own horses, as the ranch’s many trails will be open to private campers and their equine friends. The main event kicks with a

off Friday April 16th classic “Dude Ranch Rodeo” at

the Twin Elm arena, featuring events like a Shovel Race and Side Saddle Skidaddle. Come early for a trail ride through the town of Bandera and an afternoon of horseback games at the arena. Finish off the day with live music and dancing. Get your roadside

seat Saturday morning for the Main Street Parade of Chuck- wagons and cowboys and girls

aplenty. The headline event of the weekend is two sessions of fast and furious chuckwagon racing, starting at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. Thirty one teams from as far away as Montana will be racing in head to head matches in the only Open race of its kind in Texas. The Bull Bash and Team Pen- ning will be held on Saturday evening, April 17th

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races will be held in open pas- ture and wagons will compete in different categories based on the type of chuckwagon and pulling animals. The course covers a lot of ground and is a horseshoe design with the infield open to spectators on horseback. Race categories include three wagon classi- fications: the racing wagon, buggies and buckboards, and the Oklahoma land rush wagon. The main difference is in the weight of the wagons. Each team consists of a driver, cook, and an outrider who races alongside the wagon on his own horse. The outrider must cross the finish line before the nose of the team. The tent, cookstove, driver and cook must be in the wagon as it crosses the finish line.

thing people have really seen in this area before,” says ranch head ‘Cap’n Kury’ Hearns- berger, the Chuckwagon race organizer. Hearnsberger is the man responsible for bringing Arkansas’ famous sport to the Lone Star State. Twin Elm hosted an event like this once before in 2003, but a seven

“This is not some- The chuckwagon

year hiatus from the ranch for Cap’n ended the event after the first year. Now the seasoned cowboy and Chuckwagon afi- cionado is back and he’s bring- ing the races with him, much to the delight of Bandera locals. Cap’n has been attending Ar- kansas’ National Chuckwagon Race Finals for the last 15 years to revisit this age old pastime and help keep it alive. Familiar to the Midwest, most of the weekend’s teams will be travel- ing from states like Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. But Texas is prime territory for a race of this kind. Cap’n Kury and Mz.

Victoria have brought together the finest the sport has to offer with the best in Hill Country hospitality to ensure the cow- boy tradition is alive and well for one week in April. “We have something to offer all week long, from organized trail rides to barrel racing, pole bending, mutton bustin’ and calf scrambles,” Cap’n declares. In addition, guests of the ranch can look forward to dance bands, classic ranch cooking and a bevy of west-

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