HOUSTON (KTRK) --There's a new event at Rodeo Houston and the cowgirls are the stars. For the first time ever, an all woman's ranch rodeo competition took place on Friday at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Six teams of women competed for the fastest times in pasture doctoring, calf branding and wild cow milking.
"It's exciting knowing that women can compete in a man's world and women can ranch and there are lots of ranchers that are great that are women," said ranch rodeo competitor, Stephanie Jones. "So that's what it's about for us and educating young girls that you can do this too."
The goal of the competition is to emulate real conditions on a working ranch, and the ladies are no amateurs.
"A lot of them work and live on a ranch or are involved in livestock and cattle handling. Good family background. Deep roots in ranching. So it's the real deal," said General Horse Show Co-Chairman, Jeff Hayes.
The men compete in the ranch rodeo on Friday night and the finals are Saturday.