It’s been about a half century since he last crawled down in the chute, but memories are as vivid as if it were yesterday.
Not an uncommon feeling among former rodeo cowboys as the adrenalin for the lifestyle runs hot and strong from the first mount on a bucking horse to one’s last breath.
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The sun is shining.
It’s a bright Sunday morning with a few fluffy clouds.
This is a great time to be alive. Continue reading →
The United States Team Roping Championship at Hutchinson was canceled.
There was discussion about not having several rodeos, jackpots, barrel races, horse shows and horse sales.
However, all of those other events in Kansas were conducted as scheduled, unless the cancellation was not widely reported. Continue reading →
“It’s reassuring that he had his bags packed.”
That was the message we received when notified of the sudden passing of a mutual friend.
Evidently it’s a more common term than we realized initially, but still we nodded to our self in agreement. Continue reading →
One thing about Buddy Heaton, he lived his life to the fullest and certainly had a fun time doing it.
Yet, there were heavy hearts in all of his cowboy friends, when rodeo clown Harold L. Heaton passed away last month at age 82 in a Ulysses rest home where he had been for seven years. Continue reading →
Some folks require lots of sleep.
Despite efforts to limit our time snoozing, we are one of those who definitely needs more than our share of forty winks.
Being so lethargic is wasteful, and sometimes even embarrassing. When we spend more than 30 percent of our time in dreamland, we aren’t getting any work done. Insomnia’s never been a problem. Continue reading →
Brush piles went up in flames.
Seemed wasteful when we struck the matches, and fire destroyed thousands of trees that had been cut out of the pasture and fence rows.
It was part of a major cleanup project as the intruders had been cleared to make way for new fence and to improve grazing land. Continue reading →
Alex Umphenour’s health is improving steadily.
That’s the most important and best news that can be reported.
Seriously injured in an accident while warming her horse up at Fort Hays State University, where she is a student and member of the rodeo team, Alex Umphenour was in a coma from February 13 until mid-March. Continue reading →