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Favorite Place Highlight: NRS Ranch
The NRS Ranch is located in Decatur, Texas just northwest of Dallas.
NRS stands for National Roper's Supply. It's slogan is "all things western" and that is no understatement! We don't think anything could have been more fitting to begin our trip out west than staying at the NRS Ranch. We stayed overnight in our RV at the ranch as a member of Harvest Hosts; find out more about Harvest Hosts in our blog:
Harvest Hosts: Changing the Way We Travel
We had a very pleasant experience overnighting at the ranch. October was the perfect time of year to boondock, which means camping without power. We let the cool fall breezes and peaceful ranch noises drift into our open windows. Our cat and dog loved looking out of our RV windows onto the ranch where they soaked in all of the scents and sounds of the ranch. They had quite a view! They were able to see and smell horses for the first time right from our bed!
We feel like we hit the jackpot on the night we stayed because that evening there was an event, the American Military Celebration Showdown. This team roping competition was draw-droppingly impressive and those cowboys were roping the calves in under five seconds!
According to the americanmilitarycelebration.com :
The team roping event, which was held at National Roping Supply Arena in Decatur, Texas, October 26 – 31, proudly donated more than $115,000 to Building Homes for Heroes, including a mortgage-free home to Army Specialist Jonathan Merchant.
An impressive 120 teams competed in the Military Roping on Saturday. The short-go was held with the NFR Showdown, and it paid $10,000 per man.
Image from americanmilitarycelebration.com
You can see how amazing this event was at the NRS arena in our video: Click below
We lucked out and happened to be there on an event night but if you go to the NRS events page, https://nrsevents.com/, you can see their calendar of events and plan your stay around an event or clinic you are interested in attending. Their events calendar is overflowing with things to do and see: including barrel racing, a national cattle dog competition, horse shows, calf roping technique clinics, and so much more.
Bonus Tip: Try the 5W BBQ Cookhouse at The Ranch while you are there. Its hours are mostly for breakfast and lunch but it's also open during events and we were able to get some delicious food.
The NRS Ranch is huge: there is a store to shop "all things western", a feed store, an outside and indoor arena for events and training workshops, a trailer and RV shop, a saddle shop, and various kinds of lodging. If you are not a Harvest Host member there are options to book a hookup spot for your RV, stay in a cowboy motel with western style bunkhouses, or rent an adorable cabin on the property. Don't worry, NRS also has accommodations for your horses!
We were unable to visit the stores due to travel time conflicts but we are looking forward to visiting them on our next trip. While you might not be in the market to buy any roping supplies or a hand-tooled custom saddle, you won't want to skip out on a visit because in the NRS store they have a rodeo and cowboy museum.
According to NRS:
Decatur is home to 25-Time World Champion, 14-Time All-Around Cowboy World Champion, Trevor Brazile and All-Around Cowboy World Champion Roy Cooper & Family. NRS is proud to be a part of this heritage by providing a museum in honor of Trevor & the Cooper Family at our NRS Ranch store. Visit the NRS Ranch to pay tribute to these incredibly talented cowboys who have devoted their life to rodeo & the western lifestyle. The museum is full of Texas rodeo history, trophies and memorabilia of these amazing rodeo families.
Next time, we would love to try out the NRS "Ride the Ranch" program where you can take an hour long trail ride on horseback around the ranch or ride for the whole weekend!
We loved our time at the NRS Ranch and cannot wait to go back for another stay!