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Annual Cattle Drive Heads to Reno

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More than 50 people are riding to Reno on horses as part of this year's annual cattle drive. And one of those riders is our own Wendy Damonte!

She spent Wednesday riding through parts of Palomino and Hungry Valleys and took some photos for us!

The group left Doyle, California on Monday morning with 65 horses and 300 heads of cattle.

For Linda, this is more than a cattle drive. It's a testament of her will to survive.

"I'm a breast cancer survivor and this has been four months since I had my surgeries. And my friends all said I needed a good benchmark to make me stronger and this has been my benchmark and I've loved every minute of it. And so I look at this and go I can survive anything."

The crew of volunteers lists more than 60. People like Dr. James Rappaport and his medical team treat about 20 people a day.

"Smashed fingers, minor broken bones. The cooks are burning their hands. Somebody is picking up the branding iron from the wrong side."

The cattle drive is expected to arrive in Reno Thursday at noon at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

Organizers say the four-day trek is so popular, it's been sold out the past three years, and there's already a waiting list for next year! The drive is actually a fundraiser for the Reno Rodeo Foundation which raised more than $10,000 last year.

For more information on this year's rodeo, go to www.renorodeo.com

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