My aunt and uncle, Bill and Dana Smith, live and work on a ranch right outside Spur, Texas: Spur Headquarters Ranch. Every year the ranch has a big colt branding event, however I haven't gotten to go in years past because of scheduling issues. Thankfully this years I did get to attend the event (which took place on June 28, 2014 - not in August) and not only that, but I got to get in close and really create some photos to tell a unique story of a lifestyle that is, in some ways, disappearing.
I must say that it is much larger than I expected. I thought there was going to be maybe 5-10 cowboys out there trying to get the colts branded and the mares de-wormed. Well, it was closer to 30 cowboys and 20 spectators - plus a complimentary lunch - who braved the hot Texas sun.*
So, for anyone who is interested in seeing and aspect of contemporary Texas ranching, here's a photo essay to. I hope you enjoy it and find it informative!
*Unfortunately, I did not get to capture the very beginning of the day, which consisted of the cowboys driving the colts and mares to the pen. They did this around 5-6 a.m. when the sun was just coming up over the horizon.*