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Clennin's Annual Cattle Drive
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It was a beautiful morning to be in Rye and watch a taste of history as the Clennin family and friends moved a herd of cattle from their summer grazing area near Huckleberry Hills/Alpine Meadows, down Boulder through Rye to the Clennin Ranch south of Rye. The slight nip in the morning air reminded us this cattle drive was not just for show but a useful part of managing cattle to move them closer to the home ranch for winter. The Clennin's have been making this cattle drive each fall for approximately ten years. Rich Clennin says " It is more practical to drive them this way than to have to have a bunch of trucks and trailers, set up corrals, and load the cattle and bang them around." While being practical, it also creates an event you can rarely find anywhere these days.

The eighty pairs(mother and calf) of cattle were driven by twelve mounted riders: Richie, Austin, Justin, and Grant Clennin, Don Nesbitt, Mark Reeves, Mary Hund Snyder, Lizzie Snyder, Red Anderson, Donny, Tracy, and Wyatt Scheid and one very tired dog, Casey. The experience of these cowhands made the drive a pleasure to watch, the cattle were eased along quietly with little stress, kept moving along past houses, businesses, driveways and breaks in fencing, and not one yard lost so much as a daisy as they passed.

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