In July of 1885, the first herds of cattle arrived at the XIT ranch. To celebrate this event, the XIT General Office is hosting its first annual Cowboy Christmas in July. The event will start at 4 pm with displays of collections from the ranch, a branding, and stories. At 6 pm, Adrian Buckaroogirl (from the Voice) will perform and the supper bell for a chuckwagon feast will ring around 7. At sundown, Brady Bowen and Swing Country will rosin up their bows for the street dance.
The no. 15 rule for the XIT ranch was no alcohol, and we feel that it is better for all if we do not serve alcohol since Channing is 30 miles from the nearest hotel.
All proceeds will go to the XIT General Office for general maintenance, repairs, and our hopes to establish a museum in the building. This event will help share Channing's best kept secret and showcase the building to the general public. Since the XIT ranch is really the heritage of everyone living in the western panhandle, we would really like to keep the event donation only rather than require ticket sales.
This event relies strongly on the sponsorship of panhandle businesses and benefactors, who will be featured throughout the event. If you are interested in helping, please contact us. Currently, our guest list includes over 1 million acres of ranch ownership. We look to reach more of the ranchers and farmers who are now operating on the 3 million acres that used to be the XIT Ranch to celebrate their land and the living history of the XIT.
Hope to see you in July!
Silent Auction Items:
- Jeweled money clip from Coolhorse
- A rope and a headstall from Oliver's Saddlery
Kevin Stephens donated one of his custom knives
- John Deer Tricycle from Green County in Dumas
The XIT ranch also free ranged cattle in Montana in the area north of the Yellowstone, south of the Missouri, and west of the Bull Mountains. We have received tremendous support from our northern friends:
- Drop Silver Necklace from Montana Silversmiths
D & S Cattle donated a few pretty wild rags
An anonymous group donated a number of real neat boutique items.
Amos Charbonneau donated handcrafted reins and a headstall as well as a few bits, and an elk rack.
- RL Performance Horses donated a breeding to Romeo White Feathers who is by Frenchmans Guy and out of Time for Sharni.
- Bruce Keller Performance Horses also donated a breeding to their Bay Stud Flips Smore, who is Flipmia x Colonel Flip out of Sheeza Moore x Master Jet Moore.