We'll be conducting this cattle drive in an authentic fashion like the big cattle drives of the
late 1800s complete with cowboy cooking and camping with the herd overnight. We'll spend a day gathering over 75 head of cattle on the 4,800 acre QC Ranch. The round up and cattle drive will be lots of fun and a great training experience for you and your horse, even if you never plan on working cattle in the future. No previous cattle working experience is required. We'll do some cutting, sorting and break-away roping for fun along the way. The cattle drive will also be good preparation for those riders who are planning on participating in our Ranch Roping and Cattle Work Clinics.
Once they are rounded up and bunched we will begin moving them across the ranch. We'll stop and camp at night bedding the herd down on the "rodeer" (bed ground). Since we will be bedding down the cattle on the open range without corrals or fences we will need to assign "night hawk" shifts throughout the night for riders to circle the herd so they don't scatter during the night. This is just the way it was done on the cross country cattle drives of the 1800s. We'll experience cattle work and life on the trail just as the old time drovers of over a century ago.
Riders will arrive on Friday afternoon November 5th to set up their trail camp and stay there Friday night to be ready to ride out early Saturday morning to the location where we'll need to gather cattle. We'll gather the cattle and drive them to our camp arriving there
by late afternoon where we will bed them down. Saturday night
will be a good time to sit around the campfire and be entertained by cowboy poetry, stories and hopefully some cowboy musicians. On Sunday we'll move the cattle out early in order to arrive at our destination by early afternoon.