Taking 17 hours of college classes and competing at a rodeo every weekend keeps a cowboy busy. Consequently finding a spare moment for Jarek Van Petten to visit isn’t easy, but the young rodeo champion’s humility is most obvious. Almost unwilling to talk about his successes, Van Petten is dedicated to meeting challenges of his […]
“Despite chilly weather, it was a delightful time for country folks, and urbanites, too, from all around.” That has to be the best synopsis of the recent 2013 Spring Crank Up Tractor Show, and a number of related activities, at Ag Heritage Park in Alta Vista, according to the family of Everett Zimmerman.
Broken bones have never deterred one of the best bull riders in the world. While injuries are not unusual for rodeo cowboys, D.J. Shields seems to have had more than his share. Yet, dedicated rehabilitation and strong flowing adrenalin for his sport have brought Shields back to his highest championship form.
“Uncle Sam’s horse evidently broke his leg, and they couldn’t find a replacement.” They should have called us; we have lots of horses they could have borrowed. At least, delivery would have been speedier than it was. Most importantly, the mail did arrive, almost a month after being sent.
“As far back as I can remember, rodeo bulls have been a part of my life.” These days, bucking bulls continue horning in on Wacey Munsell, because that’s his business: taking horn hooks from mean rodeo bulls, so fallen bull riders don’t get injured. The Ulysses cowboy is a rodeo bullfighter, times again proven the […]
“Three cranks and the ‘new car’ started.” That concerned us a bit, as every other time “New Tannie” was running instantly on the first key turn. There was a “jerk” when we backed out of the garage, but we just shrugged and pressed harder on the throttle.