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Herd of Cattle Heads to Reno for Annual Rodeo

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The cattle drive is the annual kickoff to the Reno Rodeo. Organizers say more than 50 people are taking part this year. It has brought tourists to Reno from as far away as the United Kingdom.

And Sunday, they embarked on a journey back in time to the old west.

"The cattle drive has been sold out for the last three years and we already have people on the waiting list for next year," says Butch Van Leuven.

The group left Reno after getting briefed on what to expect including four different camps that are set up along a 50 mile span.

Organizers say they'll be leaving from Doyle, California beginning at 7am Monday. They'll travel more than 12 miles to the Milk Ranch area, which is southwest of Pyramid Lake. Then, they'll be riding about 13 miles southeast to Marshall Flats.

From there, they'll continue south to Hungry Valley before finishing the trail back to Reno.

"There's nothing mechanical throughout the day, they're strictly on horseback and just like in the 1800's, pushing cows."

They were taken by bus to an area off of Red Rock Road where they were stopped by a band of outlaws who kidnapped them and drove to Doyle.

Once they got to Doyle, a U.S. Marshal and his cavalry were there waiting for the outlaws and then group was treated to a mock gun fight.

Afterward, they got to know their trail mates and begin riding their horses.

I met two women from Canada and England who say they've been looking forward to this for a long time.

"It was on my bucket list. I always wanted to do a cattle drive. I moved little cows. I ride my horses, but I never got to do a whole cattle drive," says Ann Bucholtz of Edmonton, Canada.

Karen Llewellyn of London adds, "I did a ranching holiday in Montana and met a girl from Reno and she told me about the cattle drive and I just thought I got to be a part of that!"

Karen told me how much she likes the northern Nevada area.

"You can just be walking down the street and someone will pass you by and say hello. In London, there's too many people and there's no sense of community. That's what I felt here in Reno is very welcomed and of course, everyone loves my accent!"

Organizers say there will be 65 horses and 300 heads of cattle throughout the four day trek.

For more information on this year's rodeo click here.

Written by Adam Varahachaikol

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