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Western Heritage Museum Partners in Cattle Drive of the Century

5/1/2012 2:21:14 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  Western Heritage Museum Partners in “Cattle Drive of the Century”

(Hobbs, NM) As New Mexico celebrates 100 years of statehood (1912-2012), many celebrations are being planned throughout the state. Lea and Eddy Counties, in the southeastern corner of New Mexico, have partnered for a unique event, “Cattle Drive of the Century” on May 9 – 12, 2012, which is sponsored by the Lea County & Eddy County Centennial Committees.   

One hundred head of longhorn cattle will be driven from the Pitchfork Ranch in Lea County to the Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse Arena, some 60 miles away. The cattle, which are branded with a special “Centennial Brand,” will be offered to the highest bidders at an old-fashioned livestock auction at the “end of the trail” on Saturday, May 12.

There are several ways to participate. First, there is the Dude Ranch Experience. Fifty spots are reserved for those who want to “ride the range.” Arrangements are made through the Pitchfork Cattle Company. Anyone wishing to participate should be able to ride 15 miles per day on rough terrain. For more information, contact Bert Madera at

There is also the City Slicker Experience. City Slickers may join the cowboys each evening for a chuck wagon meal and a campfire sing-along. Recording artist Michael Martin Murphy will be featured, along with other notable entertainers. Buses will depart from Hobbs and Carlsbad each night at 5:00 p.m.  Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online at More information is available at

Those members of the public who own their own horses, mules, and wagons can also participate in the Wagon Train & Trail Riders Experience. There are only 40 spots available, and registration materials and payment must be received no later than April 9, 2012. The fee is set at $225 per person. More information is available at

Carlsbad is planning a big End of the Trail celebration when the cattle arrive on May 12. Some of the plans include a children’s rodeo, branding & leather working, wool spinning, buggy rides, pony rides, cow-chip throwing contests, and a chuck wagon cook-off—and the list goes on.

There will be a concert Saturday evening in Carlsbad starring Michael Martin Murphy. For ticketing information, please call the Walter Gerrels Performing Arts Center at (575) 234-9856.  All participants in the events must pre-register.

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