Circle Z Ranch recently celebrated it’s 90th year as Arizona’s oldest continually operating guest ranch, and what a week it was! From a rodeo to a 1920’s party, with the week culminating with a grand afternoon party complete with food, bands and 300 guests; the week was magical.

The highlight of the week for our guests was definitely the rodeo, hosted along with a lunch ride cook out barbeque at our new Z Bar property. In the distant past, the Circle Z Ranch hosted a 4th of July picnic and rodeo, where thousands would be invited from the surrounding communities and ranches. So we thought it would be a fitting throw back event to host another rodeo, just minus the thousands of guests! Here are some photos from the afternoon.

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It takes teamwork to run a Team Roping event. Here, Rick Nash sits atop the chute, waiting for the cowboys to say go. Johnny and George are in the back ground making sure the steers are in their slot.

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Miko Lorta and his roping partner Bo Simpson breaking out of their barrier.

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When they caught up with the steer, the crowd went wild!    Well, maybe not wild, but you get the point.2016-04-26 13.49.33-1

 

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And then there was our own waitress, Kayla, who is a barrel racing champion, and boy did she ever deliver!

2016-04-26 14.22.07Kayla and her horse Fancy impressed everyone, including the Team Roping Cowboys, with her obvious skill. So fun to watch!

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Wrangler Kelly also showed off her amazing horsewoman skills.

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Others participating in this exciting afternoon were our wranglers Davien and Tavo.

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At the end of the day, our young guest Daven from New York told his mom that he wanted to be a cowboy, too, and learn how to rope. So he got his dream, roping the practice steer at Los Corales with Miko’s guidance. Perhaps one day he will be featured in a Circle Z Rodeo!

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Perfect ending to a magical day! Thanks to all who helped organize this rodeo, especially Miko and Tavo for building the arena, for George and Johnny who helped load up the equipment, and to Jennie and Diana, who had the idea for this fantastic day! And of course, our fabulous guests who were game for a new experience. With friends like these, anything is possible. Thanks to Vicki Nielson, Bradley Green, Vannesa Haughtlin, and Diana Nash for contributing the photos.