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Proactive, not passive

For the Aug. 29, 2009 edition of Tri-State Livestock News.

Television news is painful to watch these days… protesting, screaming, yelling, frowning, arguing… strife, strife and more strife. Even though it makes us wince, in my humble opinion all this conflict and anger is very positive – positive because it proves Americans are awakening from the deadly, paralytic complacent apathy that has gripped this land far too long! Hopefully we’re moving away from that rigor mortis soon enough to save ourselves… maybe we’re not dead yet, and if we fling back the lid to the casket and rise up with a shout there could be hope. Whatever the outcome, it’s better to go down fighting than to meekly submit to tyranny!

Situations in Montana are causing landowners to take a second look at the silent and deadly encroachments on private property rights, the importance of prescriptive easements, and just how watchful we all need to become if we expect to preserve any of our rights. Check out http://www.terrytribune.com and you’ll find out 70 percent of respondents to a poll there still have respect for public property rights; yet who knows what the ‘people in charge’ will do?

Then there are the sneaky Federal land and water grabs… and everywhere you look, the Fed’s are stalking our 2nd Amendment rights as hungrily as the wolves they protect are stalking our livestock.

On the brighter side, some progress is being made in that wolf situation, as Idaho and Montana are supporting lengthy hunting seasons. Naturally, the greenie’s are pitching walleyed fits. EarthJustice is threatening action to stall both seasons, but with the graphic ads and photos circulating the Web and paid advertisements in many publications right now, people might possibly wake up and realize wolves aren’t nice and noble. They might even realize the next victims could be their dogs, their horses, their cattle or even their kids. That realization could cause them to take a positive stand for management of those vicious killers that never should’ve been reintroduced across Tri-State Country! Don’t hesitate to pass on those gory, graphic email’s and advertisements… you could help the heretofore misled and uneducated majority face facts and discover how unsavory reality truly is.

We strive to bring you mostly positive news here, but every now and again we have to take a look at the darker side of things so we’ll remember how important it is to be proactive, not passive.

On to brighter prospects – ranch rodeo is something most of us enjoy and take an interest in. Cowgirl On Coffee recently issued a call for 4-woman ranch rodeo teams from Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon to compete in All Women’s Ranch Rodeo in the Pacific northwest next year. This effort will be coordinated with Mike Donnell and Donnell Rodeo Promotions (http://www.rodeopromotions.com) and the Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association (http://www.womensranchrodeo.com). You gals drop the WRRC an email or give ’em a phone call if you’re interested in organizing a team.

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On the near horizon here in our part of the country, the Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) in Billings, MT will feature the 3rd Annual Ranch Rodeo Championship Finals on Oct. 10th. They’ll welcome Ranch Rodeo finalists from any state, and I believe the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame will benefit through the proceeds. Sanction information and rules can be obtained by calling (406) 860-1512 or (406) 256-2495.

Still on that subject, the Working Ranch Cowboys Foundation (WRCA) – which will put on the 14th World Championship Ranch Rodeo at Amarillo, TX in mid-November – has a fundraiser going that all cowboys should want to participate in. Tickets are available on a well-made and useful range tent and cowboy bed tarp, both donated by the Denver Tent Company. The tent is 9’5″ square with wooden poles, ropes and stakes, made out of durable 10.10 army duck. The bed tarp is 7’x16′ heavy duty 8 oz, made up with D-rings and snaps. Tickets are just $5, which will support the WRCA Scholarship and Crisis fund… which is sometimes the only savior of working ranch families in need. Check it out at http://www.wrca.org or send your check to Suzie Morton, Box 477, Logan, NM 88426 and she’ll mail you the tickets.

Speaking of working ranch families in need, another entity that supports them in tough times is The Giving Back Foundation (GBF). That Montana-based non-profit group is dedicated to helping ranchers and farmers nationwide whose lives and finances have been adversely affected by natural disasters. They have assisted ranchers and farmers in many states who have suffered losses and financial reverses caused by acts of nature; and they most recently donated $500 to Duane and Alice Queen of Aladdin, WY who lost their home, barn and outbuildings to a tornado last month.

“We just hope this money will help the Queens cover some of their everyday expenses as they decide where to go from here,” said TJ Casey, president of the GBF. For more information about GBF, or how you can help, visit http://www.ranchersandfarmers.org or call the Montana Stockgrowers Association at (406) 442-3420.

We’re always proud of cowgirls, cowboys and champions from across Tri-State Country and all they’re accomplishing. Already this summer our youngsters have made a great showing at the national finals of college, high school and junior rodeo.

Now, Senior Pro rodeo is coming to Tri-State Country. Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the 1,000+-member National Senior Pro Rodeo Association (NSPRA) will hold sanctioned performances in Douglas, WY Aug. 29th through Sept. 1st; and in Lusk, WY, Sept. 3-5.

Forging much further afield, a group of good hands are shipping off to Spain and Portugal this week (probably to continue into Italy, Germany and Belgium) to give the Europeans a good look at American rodeo up-close-and-personal. A group called GP Spain is teaming up with ESFM Entertainment, a consulting company based in Florida which has offices in Madrid, to produce the rodeos. PRCA rodeo producer Bronc Rumford from Kansas has 22 bucking bulls and 36 broncs headed that way, along with 20 head of saddle horses and a good selection of cowboys – enough to ensure about 10 competitors in each standard rodeo event. The 13-city tour, running Sept. 11 – Oct. 25, will encompass Spain and Portugal; and negotiations are underway for a November tour to Belgium, Germany and Italy. Some relatively unknown college cowboys have signed up for the exciting trans-continental experience; but there are well-known Tri-State pro-rodeo names you’ll recognize as well, including Trell Etbauer and Ryan Mapston.

Nebraska hand Ira McKillop, who earned Bareback Champion of the Year titles in both the Wyoming Rodeo Association and the Nebraska State Rodeo Association for 2008, is also signed up. Having served as a rodeo coach at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, WY, and personally produced bull ridings in Korea, Ira is well equipped to be an important cog in the works of this tour which kicks off Sept. 11th with a two-day event in Madrid, Spain.

Stock Contractor Bronc Rumford commented, “Promoters and sponsors are very excited… it’s exciting to put on a traditional American rodeo overseas and maybe expand it into the world market.”

Wow, that’s puttin’ a stretch on our ol’ lariat rope… an’ here comes the end a’flyin’.

Television news is painful to watch these days… protesting, screaming, yelling, frowning, arguing… strife, strife and more strife. Even though it makes us wince, in my humble opinion all this conflict and anger is very positive – positive because it proves Americans are awakening from the deadly, paralytic complacent apathy that has gripped this land far too long! Hopefully we’re moving away from that rigor mortis soon enough to save ourselves… maybe we’re not dead yet, and if we fling back the lid to the casket and rise up with a shout there could be hope. Whatever the outcome, it’s better to go down fighting than to meekly submit to tyranny!

Situations in Montana are causing landowners to take a second look at the silent and deadly encroachments on private property rights, the importance of prescriptive easements, and just how watchful we all need to become if we expect to preserve any of our rights. Check out http://www.terrytribune.com and you’ll find out 70 percent of respondents to a poll there still have respect for public property rights; yet who knows what the ‘people in charge’ will do?

Then there are the sneaky Federal land and water grabs… and everywhere you look, the Fed’s are stalking our 2nd Amendment rights as hungrily as the wolves they protect are stalking our livestock.

On the brighter side, some progress is being made in that wolf situation, as Idaho and Montana are supporting lengthy hunting seasons. Naturally, the greenie’s are pitching walleyed fits. EarthJustice is threatening action to stall both seasons, but with the graphic ads and photos circulating the Web and paid advertisements in many publications right now, people might possibly wake up and realize wolves aren’t nice and noble. They might even realize the next victims could be their dogs, their horses, their cattle or even their kids. That realization could cause them to take a positive stand for management of those vicious killers that never should’ve been reintroduced across Tri-State Country! Don’t hesitate to pass on those gory, graphic email’s and advertisements… you could help the heretofore misled and uneducated majority face facts and discover how unsavory reality truly is.

We strive to bring you mostly positive news here, but every now and again we have to take a look at the darker side of things so we’ll remember how important it is to be proactive, not passive.

On to brighter prospects – ranch rodeo is something most of us enjoy and take an interest in. Cowgirl On Coffee recently issued a call for 4-woman ranch rodeo teams from Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon to compete in All Women’s Ranch Rodeo in the Pacific northwest next year. This effort will be coordinated with Mike Donnell and Donnell Rodeo Promotions (http://www.rodeopromotions.com) and the Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association (http://www.womensranchrodeo.com). You gals drop the WRRC an email or give ’em a phone call if you’re interested in organizing a team.

On the near horizon here in our part of the country, the Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) in Billings, MT will feature the 3rd Annual Ranch Rodeo Championship Finals on Oct. 10th. They’ll welcome Ranch Rodeo finalists from any state, and I believe the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame will benefit through the proceeds. Sanction information and rules can be obtained by calling (406) 860-1512 or (406) 256-2495.

Still on that subject, the Working Ranch Cowboys Foundation (WRCA) – which will put on the 14th World Championship Ranch Rodeo at Amarillo, TX in mid-November – has a fundraiser going that all cowboys should want to participate in. Tickets are available on a well-made and useful range tent and cowboy bed tarp, both donated by the Denver Tent Company. The tent is 9’5″ square with wooden poles, ropes and stakes, made out of durable 10.10 army duck. The bed tarp is 7’x16′ heavy duty 8 oz, made up with D-rings and snaps. Tickets are just $5, which will support the WRCA Scholarship and Crisis fund… which is sometimes the only savior of working ranch families in need. Check it out at http://www.wrca.org or send your check to Suzie Morton, Box 477, Logan, NM 88426 and she’ll mail you the tickets.

Speaking of working ranch families in need, another entity that supports them in tough times is The Giving Back Foundation (GBF). That Montana-based non-profit group is dedicated to helping ranchers and farmers nationwide whose lives and finances have been adversely affected by natural disasters. They have assisted ranchers and farmers in many states who have suffered losses and financial reverses caused by acts of nature; and they most recently donated $500 to Duane and Alice Queen of Aladdin, WY who lost their home, barn and outbuildings to a tornado last month.

“We just hope this money will help the Queens cover some of their everyday expenses as they decide where to go from here,” said TJ Casey, president of the GBF. For more information about GBF, or how you can help, visit http://www.ranchersandfarmers.org or call the Montana Stockgrowers Association at (406) 442-3420.

We’re always proud of cowgirls, cowboys and champions from across Tri-State Country and all they’re accomplishing. Already this summer our youngsters have made a great showing at the national finals of college, high school and junior rodeo.

Now, Senior Pro rodeo is coming to Tri-State Country. Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the 1,000+-member National Senior Pro Rodeo Association (NSPRA) will hold sanctioned performances in Douglas, WY Aug. 29th through Sept. 1st; and in Lusk, WY, Sept. 3-5.

Forging much further afield, a group of good hands are shipping off to Spain and Portugal this week (probably to continue into Italy, Germany and Belgium) to give the Europeans a good look at American rodeo up-close-and-personal. A group called GP Spain is teaming up with ESFM Entertainment, a consulting company based in Florida which has offices in Madrid, to produce the rodeos. PRCA rodeo producer Bronc Rumford from Kansas has 22 bucking bulls and 36 broncs headed that way, along with 20 head of saddle horses and a good selection of cowboys – enough to ensure about 10 competitors in each standard rodeo event. The 13-city tour, running Sept. 11 – Oct. 25, will encompass Spain and Portugal; and negotiations are underway for a November tour to Belgium, Germany and Italy. Some relatively unknown college cowboys have signed up for the exciting trans-continental experience; but there are well-known Tri-State pro-rodeo names you’ll recognize as well, including Trell Etbauer and Ryan Mapston.

Nebraska hand Ira McKillop, who earned Bareback Champion of the Year titles in both the Wyoming Rodeo Association and the Nebraska State Rodeo Association for 2008, is also signed up. Having served as a rodeo coach at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, WY, and personally produced bull ridings in Korea, Ira is well equipped to be an important cog in the works of this tour which kicks off Sept. 11th with a two-day event in Madrid, Spain.

Stock Contractor Bronc Rumford commented, “Promoters and sponsors are very excited… it’s exciting to put on a traditional American rodeo overseas and maybe expand it into the world market.”

Wow, that’s puttin’ a stretch on our ol’ lariat rope… an’ here comes the end a’flyin’.