Caprock ranchers draws riders from near and far

Cowpokes from  the Panhandle, Rolling Plains and elsewhere beat a path to Levelland this past weekend.

The Caprock Ranchers Sale & Futurity, held Friday and Saturday at the Mallet Event Center & Arena, attracted veteran riders from across West Texas.

Chad Schoonover, who ranches near Dalhart, said the event was a good way to have some fun and see what other people are doing with their horses.

‘When you come down here, you’re going to be around everybody that’s doing the same thing,’ he said. ‘You almost want to show off in a way.’

Schoonover, who buys horses, breaks and sells them, said his latest ones were very trainable.

‘I went to the house and loaded them like cattle,’ he said. ‘They’d never been cut before.’

Jim Stevenson, who works on the Matthews Ranch near Clarendon, said the horse market has been improving in the last few years.

‘It’s slowly starting to get better,’ Stevenson said, adding that prices were terrible two years ago.

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