The Reno Cattle drive went right by my house today so I was able to get out and capture some great photos of the event. The Reno Rodeo Association committee figured out 15 years ago that the perfect way to open their rodeo was with an old-time cattle drive.
Paying guests from various parts of the world join volunteer drovers to
trail 300 head of Corriente rodeo steers from Doyle, California, to the
Reno Livestock Event Center, where the rodeo's held downtown. The
horseback drive takes five days and covers about a hundred miles. Along
the way, seven 1800s-style horse- or mule-drawn wagons carry bedrolls
and cowboy tepees for everyone. Riders put in some long hours in the
saddle as they move the herd and handle whatever rigors the trail
offers. But no one goes hungry, with plenty of delicious Dutch-oven
cooking in camp, and sleep comes easy for those who unroll their beds
among the High Desert sagebrush each night.
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