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Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive

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It looked like a scene out of the movie "City Slickers" where city folk with no knowledge of the real west take off to rough it on the range. That was the local scene at the Reno Livestock Events Center this morning, as 60 guests taking part in this year's traditional cattle drive loaded up and headed out. Butch Van Leuven is this year's Trail Boss.

"We've been doing this for 23 years and people love it. I mean I think we are the only cattle drive like this in the country that precedes a big rodeo. We'll take these folks 60 miles north of town and they'll be driving 90 head of horses and 300 head of cattle this way for the Reno Rodeo next week. We'll have them in the saddle eight hours a day and they'll be worn out when we get here. But they love it."

Van Leuven says he has people this year from New York City, Japan. England and Australia wanting to take part in a real cattle drive. He also says there are no motorized vehicles involved. Supplies are taken by wagon. And 70% of those taking part this year have been here before.

"There just aren't a lot of places that have such open space and rangeland with no homes. It's the real deal and they love it," Van Leuven says.

They'll drive all that livestock into town on Sutro Street and to the Ren LiveRenock Events Center next Thursday.

Written by Erin Breen


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