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Western Heritage Classic

Western Heritage Classic

THE IDEA THAT STARTED WITH A FEW COWBOYS GATHERING TO HAVE SOME FUN AND SHOW OFF WHAT THEY DO FOR A LIVING HAS TURNED INTO A SPECTACULAR THREE-DAY EVENT HELD IN MAY ANNUALLY AND IS ENJOYED BY THOUSANDS OF WESTERN HERITAGE ENTHUSIASTS.

May 12-15, 2016.

The Western Heritage Classic, the ranch rodeo competition includes five events – bronc riding, wild cow milking, team penning, team roping and calf branding. Points accumulated over a two-day period.

The Western Heritage Classic is recognized internationally. Held on the grounds of the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene, Texas, the three-day weekend event’s showcase is the Ranch Rodeo; though it offers many activities that feature western interests as well as history. These activities include: the World’s Largest Bit & Spur Show, a Chuckwagon Cookoff, Matched Horse Races, Children’s Stickhorse Rodeo, Cowboy Poets & Western Artisans, Ranch Horse Clinics, Western Trade Show, a Western Gala, the Rhinestone Round-Up, a Ranch Horse Sale, the World Finals RHAA Competition, and a giant Western Parade. All of these events add to the wide range that the Western Heritage Classic offers spectators each year.

SCHEDULE

Thursday, May 12 7:30 am RHAA Ranch Horse Competition – Coliseum 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Bit & Spur Show open – Round Building & Modern Living Mall 8:00 am – 5:00 pm WHC Trading Post open – Coliseum 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm WHC Trading Post open – East Grounds & Big Country Hall 6: 30 pm Parade – Downtown Abilene 7:30 pm Street Dance – Downtown Abilene

Friday, May 13 7:30 am RHAA Ranch Horse Competition Semi finals – Coliseum 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Bit & Spur Show open – Round Building & Modern Living Mall 8:00 am – 7:00 pm WHC Trading Post open – Coliseum, Big Country Hall & East Grounds 11:00 am-5:00 pm Cowboy Poetry & Music – Outdoor Entertainment Pavillion 1:00 pm Chuckwagon Cookoff – Wagon Authenticity Judging – Cookoff Area East of General Office 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Roy Cox Cowdog Demonstration – Covered Outdoor Arena 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Colt Starting Challenge Clinic – Covered Outdoor Arena 7:30 – 11:00 pm Rhinestone Round Up – Display Building 8:00 pm Ranch Rodeo – Coliseum 9:00 pm – 12 am Dance – Outdoor Entertainment Pavilion

Saturday, May 14 8:00 am Chuckwagon Cookoff begins – East of General Office 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Bit & Spur Show open – Round Building & Modern Living Mall 9:00 am – 10:30 am – Roy Cox Cowdog Demonstration – Covered Outdoor Arena 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Haney Cannon Stickhorse Rodeo & Steer Dummy Roping – Griffin Arena 10:00 am WHC Invitational Ranch Horse Sale – Coliseum 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Cowboy Poetry & Music – Outdoor Entertainment Pavilion 12pm- 1:15pm Chuckwagon Cookoff Lunch Served – Cookoff Area East of General Office 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm Colt Starting Challenge Clinic- Covered Outdoor Arena 1:00 pm – Old Time Fiddler’s Contest – Display Building 2:00 pm Registration for Matched Horse Races – Southeast Grounds 2:30 pm RHAA Ranch Horse Finals “Top 20” – Coliseum 3:00 pm Chuckwagon Cookoff Award Presentations – Cookoff Area East of General Office 4:00 pm Matched Horse Races – Southeast Grounds 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Roy Cox Cowdog Demonstration – Covered Outdoor Arena 8:00 pm Ranch Rodeo – Coliseum 9:00 pm – 12:00 am Dance – Outdoor Entertainment Pavilion 10:00 pm Ranch Rodeo Award Presentations – Coliseum

Sunday, May 15 9:00 am Cowboy Church Service – Outdoor Entertainment Pavilion 9:00 am – ?? Bit & Spur Show open – Round Building & Modern Living Mall

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