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Bandera welcomes 2011 or 'Here we go again!'

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

The first day of the New Year brought Bandera three hot tickets.
The first occurred at 10 am when newly elected county officials took their oaths of office in the district courtroom at the Bandera County Jail and Justice Center on Highway 173 North. The second was at the OST restaurant on Main Street when New Year's Eve revelers in search of a Cowboy Capital breakfast faced a 20-minute wait for a table.
The third was found at the Hill Country State Natural Area just south of Bandera when the third annual Cowgirl Roundup & Showdeo commenced at 11 am. As always, the main event of the day's homage to all things equine occurred at high noon in the Lodge Arena where mounted riders convened for the now-traditional panoramic photograph.
And, when organizers say high noon, they mean it. The 20 or so riders who showed up just after 12 pm sharp were sorely disappointed not to be a part of the 2011 photo. Better luck next year, ladies.
After the photograph, the girls of the HCSNA Junior Rangers presented the colors prior to the Cowgirls on Parade in the Lodge Arena. Other costumed performers in the arena included the Horses of Peru Equestrian Drill Team and Escaramuza, young precision equestriennes from San Antonio who execute their intricate patterns while riding sidesaddle.
Demonstrations were also offered by horse trainer Karen Brown of Solitaire Ranch; Dianne Lindig of Hill Country Equestrian Lodge, who did a exhibition on reining; Marci Brockman, who practices equine chiropractic and massage; and Alverta Hilseberg and her partner, Beavis Bovine the Trained Steer.
The afternoon's festivities ended with friendly competition in the arena that included poles and barrels and trail obstacles set up by TJ Corgill of Happy Hearts.
Local horse lovers are urged to mark calendars now for the fourth annual Cowgirl Roundup & Showdeo, which will probably take place on Saturday, Jan. 7 - if, as Hank Sr. was want to say, "The good Lord's willin' and the creek don't rise."