Ladies Ranch Bronc Riding is back

WICHITA COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - Ladies Ranch Bronc Riding is back at the Wichita County Mounted Patrol Championship Rodeo.

Last year was the first year for the Texas Bronc Riding Association added a women's tour. Brittany Miller won in Wichita Falls last year. She is back again trying to defend her title.

"Here we are the second year, and it's going pretty good. We got twice as many girls competing. We got tougher horses. We got tougher girls. It's pretty fun," Miller said.

The women ride the same as the men. It's a traditional bronc riding event. They can ride with two hands or one hand and hang on with whatever they want.

Miller is from Montana. She was contacted by Texas Bronc Riding Association President Daryl McElroy to join the women exhibition. At the 2016 finals in Fort Worth, she was the reserve champion.

"I started when I was in college and I went to a memorial rodeo and they had a women's bronc riding and then it took off. I entered everything I could find after that, and here I am five years later still doing it," Miller said.

"We enjoy the women's ranch bronc that's something that not a lot of rodeos have," Wichita County Mounted Patrol President, Kirk Bowles said.

The rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with all the events including Money the Hard Way. Where contestants try to pull a ribbon off a bull.

Ticket's at the gate are $10. Children under six are free. The gates open around 5. The rodeo benefits Children's Miracle Network.

"All the money you raise for them stays right here in this community and they touch a lot of lives. They cover a lot of counties in the area and it's important for that money to stay local," Bowles said.