In a bygone era, cowhands mounted up and rode out through the dust, moving the herd to better pastures or to markets in the east. One Thomson farm is offering a little piece of that old west experience, without the inconveniences.
Cowboys and cowgirls hankering for the olden days can visit Pine Top Farm this Saturday, Oct. 30, to see first hand what a cattle drive might have been like.
Both western and English riders are welcome at the cattle drive and open field cutting event, which will start at 3 p.m. Riders should come half an hour early and be ready to go.
"A lot of people said they had so much fun at the last one, they wanted to try it again," said Glenn Wilson, coordinator.
The last cattle drive drew about 25 riders and a number of on lookers and children who enjoyed the activity from the tally-ho wagon. This cattle drive will have two tally-ho wagons, and there will be plenty of room for both children and adults who are non riders.
"We're doing this to have fun and to let people enjoy the cattle drive experience," Mr. Wilson said.
Bob Keith rode during the first cattle drive, and will once again be among the field of participants.
"Being outside on horseback on a pretty day -- that's worth its weight in gold," he said.
When he heard of the first cattle drive, he was intrigued by the chance to "go out west" and try something different.
"I loved it," said Mr. Keith. "It was a novel experience. We got to do some things that aren't done around here every day."
This Saturday, horses and riders will move 120 head of cattle into a large field, then anyone who desires may try cutting cows from the herd.
The cows are very tame, and enjoy the attention of visitors who may give them a pat or a treat.
"They come right up to the wagon. That's what the kids really enjoy," Mr. Wilson said.
The event will last about two hours.
Pine Top is located two miles east of Thomson on US 78/278.