It was a time of reminiscing and recognizing, but there was still plenty of Flint Hills real life Western action during the Fall Invitational Ranch Rodeo at Council Grove.
Sponsored by the Morris County Youth Rodeo Association, the rodeo opened with recognition of cowboys who had participated in the first ranch rodeo in Kansas sponsored by the local group 25 years ago. Continue reading →
Turn back the decades to pick corn before hundred thousand dollar combines.
That’s what has been done the past two Saturday afternoons at Alta Vista. It was in similar fashion to the way corn was harvested by farmers in the 1940s and ’50s. Continue reading →
They aren’t as young as they used to be, but the adrenaline is still there.
So, despite the years that have gone by since their prime days as rodeo bull riding contestants, Kim Reyer and Phil Haynes will again crawl down in the bucking chutes and nod for the gate to crack. Continue reading →
“What else could he have done?”
That’s the reply Wayne Bailey’s dad gave when asked why his son became a cowboy.
While some might think it a smart-alecky reply, the response was sincere, honest and correct.
Raised deep in the Flint Hills the son of a cowboy, with cattle as livelihood and a horse as main transportation, Wayne Bailey was destined to be a cowboy. Continue reading →
The original ranch rodeo in Kansas is planning its silver anniversary celebration.
Ranch rodeos are commonplace throughout the country today, but 25 years ago, they were pretty much non-existent except for a few in Texas.
“I saw a story in the Western Horseman magazine about one of those rodeos, and I suggested the idea of having one at Council Grove to some of my cowboy friends,” recalled Kenneth Muller, lifetime rancher who served as president of the Morris County Youth Rodeo Association at that time. Continue reading →