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Lots’a things going on

I hope those of you who experienced the blizzard and resulting snow banks have recovered, and it did not have livestock losses! Sounds like it covered a lot of country, and one rancher who’s been in South Dakota six to seven decades told me that storm was among the three worst in memory.

While you’re shovelin’ out, and hunting and gatherin’ the cattle that drifted out of the country, it’s hard to look at the brighter side… but it sure did put some great moisture in the ground before freeze-up.

Lots’a things are going on in the horse world around our region as the trees finish shedding their leaves. Just this weekend, both the Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo and the Arabian Horse Association Convention take place in Denver, CO; while Kohr’s Roper Barrel Futurity and Open 4D has barrel racers converging on Gillette, WY.

Mounted shooting is a sport that continues to grow in popularity, and this weekend the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association holds its Sundowner World Championships down in Amarillo, TX.

It’s also time to be picking gifts for all those on your Christmas list; and yes, I do have some suggestions.

If your cowboy dreads changing the stirrups for winter, putting on the big ones to accommodate those winter packs, you might want’a check out Cowboy Pac Boots. They’re a Tri-State Country product, coming from Kenetrek Boots of Montana out of Bozeman. Combination Thinsulate and wool felt removable quilted liners provide extra warmth for winter days. They have the slim ankle design of a packer boot and say “The Cowboy outsole slips in and out of standard size stirrups with ease thanks to the stirrup rails that surround the recessed high traction K-lugs. There is even a spur shelf to keep spurs from sliding down on the heel.” The website is http://www.kenetrek.com; phone is 800-232-6064.

Longer evenings lend well to plenty of reading time, and everyone loves a good book. For a light reading stocking stuffer I’d recommend MR. MUSTANG – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BOB BRISLAWN “as told in the hills before barbed wire.” Lovingly compiled by Bob’s daughter Dipper Brunson, it’s a delightful booklet filled with the reminisces of a great horseman who really covered some country and is responsible for establishing a registry for Mustang horses over half a century ago. Dipper said “Mr. Mustang” wrote on b its of paper here and there, putting down memories as they came to him. His Irish humor and blarney pop out of the historical text time to time, surprising you like mischievous leprechauns. It’s a great read for anyone interested in history, horses, or the true grit of the pioneers who settled this region. The books are available reasonably through Dipper Brunson, 1310 Oak Creek Road, Aladdin, WY 82710; phone 307-896-4259.

Dipper and her sister Colleen, brother Neil and wife Kitty were all in attendance at the Texas Trail Museum fundraiser in Moorcroft, WY last weekend. I was privileged to help with the afternoon’s entertainment – filling in behind the headliner, Big Piney, Wyoming’s Andy Nelson of Clear Out West Radio fame – with fellow cowboy poets Yvonne Hollenbeck and Ken Cook of South Dakota. Providing the musical side of the program were Phil Crawford, better known as “Tumbleweed” from St. Francis, KS, and the beautiful, talented Colorado girl Susan Merrill. Susan and her original CD’s of cowboy poems and songs can be found at http://www.watoosietheclown.com or (970) 819-4092; Phil also has CD’s at 785-322-2357 or email plcraw@sbcglobal.net.

Going back to the subject of Christmas shopping, if you’re buying for anyone who enjoys the history of our region be sure to check out Candy Vyvey Moulton’s latest book, LEGACY OF THE TETONS. It “delves into the lives of the earliest homesteaders of Jackson Hole,” tracking some of them clear back to the Old Country. One reviewer says, “Moulton’s voice is engaging and immediate, enlivening the accounts of events long past with a generous dose of humor. Lively characters populate every page. Moulton’s skill at depicting their humanity makes them familiar as your friends and neighbors. A plethora of photos help readers not only put faces to the colorful cast, but understand the tools and common scenes of daily life in years past.” The paperback for $18.95 is ISBN #978-09785634-0-0; available in bookstores or at http://www.unmpress.com or 800-249-7737.

Thanksgiving is upon us and my cowboy and I wish you and yours every blessing, and the joy of a thankful heart. Taking time to express our thankfulness for the many blessings we all enjoy is a gift within itself, and truly something to celebrate.

Northwest Ranch Cowboy’s Association members will be celebrating with their year-end Finals Rodeo at the Cam-Plex in Gillette, WY, Nov. 28 through 30. For more information on that exciting and action-packed event you can call 307-283-3401.

And, speakin’ of rodeo finals, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is just around the corner – can you believe it? If you’re a night-owl or have night-owl friends you’d better gather up those TV snacks and plan some parties for the three LIVE performances we’ll be able to enjoy this year… that is if you’re good at “burnin’ the midnight oil.”

Yes, live broadcasts will be on ESPN Classic Dec. 6 and ESPN2 Dec. 7 and 14. The only bad part is the times – WNFR is scheduled late, late, late – even on Eastern Standard Time. Here in Mountain Time zone they are more in the wee small hours of the morning; or you can opt for re-run’s starting when many ranchers get up and start drinking coffee anyhow, from 4:30 to 5 a.m. Actually, this may be the only time of year that behavior makes any sense… at least there’ll be something interesting to do while you wait for daylight!

Here’s the schedule, print it out and hang it up somewhere: Original broadcast time slot is 2-4:30 a.m. Mountain Time for Dec. 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14; all on ESPN2. The live broadcast Dec. 6, round 3, will be 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on ESPN Classic; with another live broadcast at the same time Dec. 7 for round 4, on ESPN2. The third live broadcast will be of round 10, from midnight Dec. 13 to 2:30 a.m. Dec. 14, on ESPN2.

Looks like that’s the end of this ol’ lariat rope once more…

© 2008 Rhonda Stearns

Email Rhonda at cow_grl63@hotmail.com


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