Mid-November in Texas brings the seventh annual World Championship Ranch Rodeo to Amarillo, where top cowboys from 18 sanctioned ranch rodeos, in 10 states and Canada, will compete Nov. 14 to 17, at the Amarillo Civic Center.

Sponsored by the Working Ranch Cowboys Association, the world championships will showcase cowboys and their horses in the doctoring, milking, penning, branding, ranch horse race and wild horse race. Team work is a part of all these events, except for the ranch bronc riding, where a lone cowboy rides but all are "riding for their brand."

The Best of the West Cowboy Art Show, presented by Wells Fargo, is at the top of the schedule Nov. 13, with cowboy balladeer Don Edwards singing during the preview showing. Western Artists from throughout the southwest will be featured at the art show. A piece of each artists' work will be donated to the WRCA Scholarship and Crisis fund raiser. The best known cowboy poets and balladeers, in the world, will reflect the cowboy in story, rhyme and song throughout the week-end.

The World Championship Ranch Rodeo begins Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., and concludes Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. The awards ceremony will follow the Sunday performance.

The 2002 Best Remuda Award, sponsored by the American Quarter Horse Association, Bayer Animal Health and WRCA, will be presented during the opening ceremonies of the Saturday evening performance. Pokey's WRCA Junior Stick Horse Ranch Rodeo Finals will be Saturday afternoon, sponsored by the AQHA Heritage Center and Museum.

For rodeo information, call the Working Ranch Cowboys Association, 806-374-9722.

For ticket information, call 806-378-3097, or visit www.panhandletickets.com.

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