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Pioneer Bluffs preserves and presents history of ranching with National Day of the Cowboy activities Saturday. Featured

Jerry Hedrick demonstrates roping from horseback for those in attendance Saturday. Jerry Hedrick demonstrates roping from horseback for those in attendance Saturday. Lynn Smith/Pioneer Bluffs

Pioneer Bluffs held a special event Saturday afternoon recognizing the hard work and dedication of local cowboys and ranchers. 

The inaugural National Day of the Cowboy event was held at the center located in Matfield Green with activities running through the afternoon and evening. The day included numerous demonstrations, an opportunity to engage with local cowboys, learn the history of local ranches and ranch families and so much more.

One demonstration which helped kick off the day's events was presented by rancher and former rodeo entertainer Jerry Hedrick titled "A Cowboy and his Rope." Hedrick showed off his roping skills from horseback for all of those in attendance.

According to Amanda Hague of Pioneer Bluffs roping has been and continues to be an essential skill for cowboys and ranchers.

Hague says the days activities also help to "lift the mythology" surrounding the cowboy lifestyle.

Special presentations also include a roping demonstration by rancher and former rodeo entertainer Jerry Hedrick, cowboy poetry from "Poet Lariat" Ron Wilson and a historical presentation by Greg Hoots. The evening came to a close with a hot dog roast and cowboy singalong.

For more information on Pioneer Bluffs and the activities they offer visit Pioneerbluffs.org or call 620-753-3483.

Photos by Lynn Smith/ Pioneer Bluffs 

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