Josey Ranch – 54th Year of Barrel Racing and Calf Roping Schools

Instructors and Staff at Josey Ranch

By Ron Munden

In 1967, Martha and R.E. Josey  entered the world of education.  They provided barrel racing and calf roping instruction to 100 students.  On May 30, 2021 they welcomed 150 students  to Josey Ranch for the first class of the year.

For this class, the students came from 10 different states.  The students range in age from 5 years old to high school-aged students.  Most students stay in the boys and girls dorms located in two buildings on the property. 

Many parents stay for the week.  There is a large area on the ranch for RV parking. Some younger children stay with their parients.

During the opening meeting on Sunday, many members of the staff gave a brief bio. Many of the instructors, ranging in age from 30 to 50 years old, recalled first coming to Josey Ranch as a student when they were 7 or 8 years old.

When you are at the ranch you get the feeling you’re attending a family reunion. 

R.E. and Martha both have a list of awards much too long to list here.  What is even more important is how they relate to students.  They interact with each student as if that child is the only student on the ranch.

Many of the speakers on Sunday talked about the ranch being a “very special place.”

I agree with them.

On Saturday the week ends with a closing ceremony, barrel racing or roping In the main arena.  Martha encourages people from Marshall to come out Saturday, look around and enjoy the event.

The event starts at 1pm.  Josey Ranch is located at:  8623 SH 43 N.  Karnak Texas.

Just take Highway 43 toward Karnack and you can’t miss it.


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