2012 New Mexico Centennial Cattle Drive


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Join the Cattle Drive of the Century and live a part of history.

Bringing our legacy to your table.

When: May 9-12, 2012

Where: Begins on Pitchfork Ranch in Lea County, ends

             in Carlsbad in Eddy County

Fee: Event is now past.

Update: The event was a huge success! Check back for pictures and updates, and check out the Cattle Drive of the Century page on Facebook.

Ever wished you could go back in time and live like a cowboy in the Old West?  Here’s your chance!

In honor of New Mexico’s Centennial, we’re going back in time with the Cattle Drive of the Century. The cattle drive will start at the Pitchfork Ranch in Lea County, New Mexico (about 30 miles west of Jal, NM). Over the next four days, the drive will trek across open country to Carlsbad, NM in Eddy County. The drive will include 100 head of Longhorn cattle, each branded with a special Zia brand in honor of the centennial. The cattle will be auctioned to the highest bidders at the end of the event.

Ride the range with seasoned wranglers, camp under the stars, experience the Longhorn herd, eat from chuck wagons, and gather ‘round the campfires for poetry, singing and storytelling. This 3-night, 4-day adventure is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

In addition to tried-and-true everyday cowboys riding the trail, we’ll also have some famous cowboys and cowgirls joining us! At the main campfire, Michael Martin Murphey will entertain each night. Stroll to nearby campfires, and enjoy the likes of Andy Wilkinson (direct descendent of Charles Goodnight), Andy Hedges, Mike Moutoux, Glen Moreland, Washtub Jerry and other great performers. 

We’d love for you to join us. If you’re an experienced horseperson and can comfortably ride at least 15 miles a day across rough terrain, you’re welcome. The per-person fee for the Dude Ranch Experience is $1800. This includes:

  1. A horse & tack

  2. Personal wrangler assigned to each group of 7-10 riders

  3. Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner will be served from chuck wagons)

  4. Camping equipment, including a tent and gear to keep you comfortable

  5. Your campsite set up for you every night

  6. Nightly entertainment around a number of campfires, including Michael Martin Murphey at the main campfire    

  7. Old West reenactments

  8. Accompaniment by authentic historical wagons, including a mule-drawn wagon that’ll lead the herd

  9. Official t-shirt with the New Mexico Centennial seal on the front and specially-commissioned artwork by Virgil Stephens on the back

  10. A poster of this specially-commissioned artwork, personally autographed by the artist

Space is limited! We’ve only reserved 50 spots for those who want to live this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Deadline to register is April 30, 2012.

Arrangements can be made through the Pitchfork Cattle Company. For more information, contact Trail Boss Bert Madera at 575-390-2861.

If you’re ready to submit your information, simply download the Entry Form, Longhorn Cattle Drive Release of Liability and Medical Release Form and submit them with your check/money order to the address provided on the forms.  You’ll be contacted upon receipt by one of the Pitchfork crew. Don’t delay! Spaces fill up quickly!

Looking for other ways to participate?

Join the cowboys each night for the chuck wagon dinner and campfire entertainment. Recording artist Michael Martin Murphey will be featured along with other notable entertainers. Busses will depart from Hobbs and Carlsbad each night at 5:00 pm. You can purchase tickets online for $75 each at www.selectaseatlubbock.com. For more information, visit www.westernheritagemuseumcomplex.com. You may also find more information and purchase tickets at www.jalrecordonline.com.

Finale concert by Michael Martin Murphey. Don’t miss a special finale concert featuring Michael Martin Murphey on Saturday, May 12th! The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Walter Gerrells Performing Arts Center in Carlsbad, NM. Advance tickets are available online for $25/each and can be purchased at www.carlsbadlive.net. You can also purchase tickets at the door for $35/each. For more information, contact Bert Madera at 575-390-2861.

Wagon Train & Trail Riders Experience –  Own your own horse, mule or wagon? There are only 40 spots available and registration materials and payment must be received no later than April 30, 2012. The fee is set at $225/per person. For more information, visit www.westernheritagemuseumcomplex.com.

Check out other Official New Mexico Centennial events.