Ranch Day is the best day of the year at the National Ranching Heritage Center! Ranch Day will be held on April 22, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can expect to enjoy activities centered around ranching history, ranch skills and ranch science.
Visitors will be able to view cattle, sheep and horses; learn how to brand and ear tag; participate in a stick horse rodeo; and learn shooting and archery with Cabela’s Outpost. Visitors can also watch horse demonstrations from the Texas Tech Rodeo Team; learn about native plants, insects and wildlife; and experience historic ranching practices among many other activities!
Watch cowboys at work! Cotton Leathers of the Four Sixes Ranch and Bedford Jones of the Jones Ranch will demonstrate how cowboys and cowgirls herd and lasso cattle at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the grassy area behind the Matador Half-Dugout.
Free admission, $5 donation suggested.
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase with cash or card throughout the day.
Children will have the opportunity to become a “Ranch Hand” by completing six activities (two Ranch History, one Ranch Science, one Ranch Skill, and two other activities of choice). Once completed, they will take work cards to the Matador Office to get “paid” and can spend their hard-earned wages on prizes at the Waggoner Commissary.
- Horseback rides behind the carriage house | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Snake Oil Magic Show in the Four Sixes barn | 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
- Horse & cattle demos behind the Matador Half-Dugout | 10:3o a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
- Birds of prey with the South Plains Wildlife Rehab Center on the patio | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ranch Day is made possible by the Helen Jones Foundation, Inc. and The CH Foundation.