Riding saddle broncs is the most promising future profession for one young Kansas cowboy.
Cable Wareham of Whiting has been a rodeo champion on several levels in recent years. Continue reading →
“Certain things just take a long time to come around.”
Every Saturday, the red pickup with stock racks and a black horse would go down Main Street. Continue reading →
Nearly as important as a mare having a foal is getting her bred back to have next year’s baby.
Breeding on foal heat is an old management strategy aimed at doing just that. It is the first heat cycle a mare goes through after foaling and a manager’s first opportunity to breed her. Continue reading →
“A slow time is always better than a no time.”
While fastest runs and highest scores are required to be a champion, there is something to say for consistency.
Riding in horse shows, what have sometimes previously been called “shodeos” and horse playdays, it’s easy to make mistakes.
Seasoned everyday working cowboys, even bigtime rodeo stars, have sometimes made jokes about such events. That’s okay, but horse ability and horsemanship skills are just as important to be a winning cutting horse rider or champion roper.
Too often the horse gets the blame, but generally it is “pilot error,” the one mounted giving directions who is at fault.
Participating in at least a half dozen different associations as well as open events, it’s been new experiences this past couple weekends.
Patterned racing events like barrel racing and pole bending are common competitions. Barrel racing in playdays is sometimes referred to as cloverleaf because horses race in a cloverleaf pattern.
An interesting reflection, the first show ever entered 60 years ago, entry was made in the barrel race, thinking it was the cloverleaf. Nope, the event called barrel racing was three barrels in a line calling for circling each barrel to the left and right. Spot had never thought of that and got fourth out of four.
For clarification, there is a not a race to bend poles, but rather weaving between, “bending around them.” In keg bending. the horse weaves around formerly milk kegs, nowadays five-gallon buckets, fastest time wins.
A number of local playdays also have flag racing where a rider picks up a small flag from a barrel and races across the finish line.
Specialty attractions through ages have included saddling races, exchange races, rescue races, relay races, even musical chairs which are all fairly self-explanatory. There are several variations of what is called the key race, sometimes keyhole race, probably obvious, racing into out and out of a make-believe, keyhole-of-sorts, in the arena
New to certain old-timers have been the barrel-and-stake race, two-barrel-flag race, figure-eight-stake race, half-eight race, and speed barrels
Average sometimes does win so having a qualified run every time out is better than winning one and losing the next.
Reminded of Habakkuk 2:30: “If it seems slow in coming, wait, it’s on its way and will come right on time.”
Time turns back to yesteryear featuring the best cowboys and cowgirls in true action of the Old West.
“It’s the 84th annual Flint Hills Rodeo at Strong City, June 2-3-4,” announced Buck Bailey. Continue reading →
They’re Sharp Riders on horseback with plenty of hands for getting all the ranch work completed.
Lance and Jada Sharp and their five children are widely recognized for their most diverse 14-Hands Ranch. Continue reading →
“Cows will never have a calf if they don’t have intimate lovemaking with a bull.”
For a cowherd to make profits for a ranch, cows must have calves. Continue reading →
Recognition for support of the 4-H program in Morris County was highlight of the recent Morris County 4-H Foundation Banquet at Council Grove.
“Growth in the Morris County 4-H Foundation assistance has been through annual giving with incentive recognitions,” said Larry Johnson, foundation president. Continue reading →