Lasso workshops to benefit Marfa 4-H programs 

A Trans-Pecos Festival roping basics workshop will benefit Marfa 4-H agricultural student programs.

MARFA — Roping basics, a quintessential West Texas ranching skill, will be the topic of Marfa 4-H-led workshops at this weekend’s Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love. 

Marfa resident Lucas Salcido of Marfa 4-H will lead workshops for kids at 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and for adults at noon Friday and Saturday on El Cosmico’s grounds. Kids workshops are $20 per person and adults are $30 per person, with all proceeds benefiting Marfa 4-H. Boots or close-toed shoes are required. 

Amateur ropers will practice how to lasso a dummy, learn the fundamentals of team roping, and more. No live animals will be involved. Salcido said he was excited to present the workshop to festival attendees, helping demystify the iconic cowboy technique, historically a meal ticket on the frontier, and keeping the tradition alive. 

Salcido has been working with Marfa 4-H for around seven years, and has family from the area who taught him the importance of roping growing up, he said. 

“It used to be like, you had to rope or else you couldn’t go work at a ranch, and ranching was like the best job you could find,” said Salcido. “So part of the team roping and riding horses and all that stuff, those were just the tools you needed or else you weren’t going to draw a paycheck.” 

“It was like second nature to me growing up. I’m just trying to pass it down and show somebody else what I was taught,” he added. 

In addition to serving as the team roping project leader for Marfa 4-H, Salcido teaches students how to ride and care for horses. Marfa 4-H is part of Texas A&M AgriLife and serves kids in Presidio County. Students compete in stock shows and fairs across the state throughout the year.