Pendleton Cattle Barons, a western heritage event held annually at the Pendleton Convention Center and Round-Up Pavilion in Oregon, has announced that it will increase its scholarship fund to $20,000 in 2024.

Over $100,000 in scholarships has been awarded by Pendleton Cattle Barons, a non-profit organization, to date. Five scholarships are awarded to degree-seeking students in agriculture fields. Since 2022, an additional scholarship is awarded to an "up-an-coming maker who is looking to take their craftsmanship to the next level." The scholarship is dedicated in memory of Randy Severe, saddle maker of Severe Brothers Saddlery.

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The 2023 Pendleton Cattle Barons Randy Severe Memorial Scholarship Recipient, Aaron Burnell, works in the Hamley and Co. leather shop. The scholarship helped fund him with the tools that helped him make his first Wade Saddle.

Pendleton Cattle Barons Weekend will begin on May 3, 2024, at the Pendleton Convention Center. The event includes a horse and dog sale, ranch rodeo, competitive BBQ, and both artistry shows and classes alike.

Scholarship applications open in early 2024.

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Life is different out in the country. One look at the photo from Robin Bickel and you quickly realize that a workday is quite different as well, after all, she lives out west in South Dakota Cattle Country.

Robin Bickel took time to tell KIKN Country a little bit about her life out west and life as a woman, working outdoors with animals and nature in God's Country. Bickel lives and works on a cattle ranch operated by herself, her father, Jack, and his brother Keith. How far out in the country is she? How does 50 miles west of Mobridge, South Dakota sound? Yep, mountain time out there.

Life is so different in Sioux Falls, South Dakota compared to what our friends on the farm and ranches deal with. It's a half-mile to the grocery store for our family. For Robin, it's 17 miles. However, it's a quick step out her door and she's right in the middle of where a lot of the groceries come from.

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