Rodeo and Bull Riding events this weekend start up at the Montgomery County Fair inDaytonOhio. This is a SEBRA Extreme Bull Riding Event hosted by Triple H Productions. Look for a 7pm start on this one. Visit www.gosebra.com for more information on this and other events in your area.
I’ll be just across the border in Bluffton, INwith the crew from the Broken Horn Rodeo Company on Saturday Sept 3rd. This is an IPRA show at theWellsCounty 4H Fairgrounds just off Route 30 West of Van Wert OH. For more information, visit www.brokenhornrodeo.com.
On Sunday the 4th it’s the Highland County Fair inHillsboro,OHand the Three Bar J Rodeo Company. This is a Midstates Rodeo Association sanction event that starts at 4pm. For more information, visit www.midstatesrodeo.com.
Also on Sunday, come on down to one of my favorites as I join the Buckeye Rodeo Company for the Washington County Fair in Marietta, OH. This is a dual sanctioned Midstates and American Pro Rodeo Association show in the Grandstand of the Washington County Fair. 7:30 show time but get there early because the last two years I’ve done this one we sell it out. Visit www.washcountyfair.com for more information.
And on Monday, travel down to Ripley, OH and the Broken Horn Ranch for the Bulls and Bikes Poker Run Event. This is another SEBRA Extreme Bull Riding event with a 4:00 Kick Off right at the home of the Broken Horn Rodeo Company. For more information, visit www.brokenhornrodeo.com.
I will be over the other border in West Alexander, PA for a special two event day with the Rafter M-W Rodeo Company. Performances will be at 1:00pm and 7:00pm at the West Alexander Fair. Visit www.westalexfair.com for more.
Wednesday, September 7th is another Rafter M-W Rodeo show at the Belmont County Fair in St. Clairsville, OH. 7:00 Open Rodeo at the new fairgrounds location. Visit www.belmontcountyfair.org.
This past weekend I received a lot of compliments and questions at Buckin Ohio on my beautiful horse Morning Star. I can tell you the horse looks like she does because of three things, her feed, her exercise program and dac vitamins and minerals. Look for us on the road again in the coming weeks.
Article orginally appeared in June, 2011: I have long felt our common heritage as Americans resides in the life and times of the people in the “Old West”. Arguably rodeo goes back to the early 1700’s when the Spanish ruled the West. So, before you start thinking my family tree was a shrub, understand that I am not talking about THAT Old West. I’m talking about the big push to the West that took place in the 1800’s following the Manifest Destiny and on after the Civil War. You see, I hold that no matter where your ancestors came from, they were involved in that push and ultimately in the forming of the American Cowboy and in fact the American West as we know it in reality and in legend. This is our common ground.
As the Americans from the East made that push to the West they came in contact with the Vaqueros, Cowboys of Spanish decent inMexico,TexasandCalifornia. Those encounters led to the formation of a new breed; the American Cowboy. There really was no model for what the American Cowboy looked like. They adopted many things from the Vaqueros. Typically they were not big men and their ancestry was as diverse as their stories. They were North American, European, African, Asian, Oceanic, and South American. As more people headed West the cattle business exploded and so did the need for the Cowboy. Cattle Barons developed stockyards and huge cattle drives became part of the time. As the cattle were gathered at the stockyards to be shipped by rail back east, the Cowboys that brought them here gathered in the local establishments and encampments. Although they were from different ranches, backgrounds and territories they all possessed similar talents so it only seemed natural to see who was the best at roping, riding, branding, etc. – my Wife says it’s a guy thing.
The first recorded Rodeo inAmericatook place in 1864 inPhoenix,Arizonaand not much has changed to this day although competitors have become more specialized in their approach. Modern Rodeo events are generally broken down into two categories: rough stock events and timed events. The rough stock events are typically Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bull Riding. Now, I can tell you bull riding didn’t come until later and there is little doubt in my mind that the idea started with the words, “Hey ya’ll watch this”, but that’s another story. Rodeo timed events are typically Tie Down Roping (sometimes called Calf Roping), Team Roping, Steer Wrestling (Bull dogging) and Barrel Racing. Many Rodeos add events such as Mutton Busting (Wool Riding for the Kids), Pole Bending, Chute Dogging, Breakaway Roping and Chuck Wagon Races. Steer Wrestling is interesting because it requires a Full Figure Cowboy to jump off of a perfectly good horse doing about 30mph onto a perfectly horned steer weighing 450-600 pounds and traveling at about 28mph. The Cowboy must then bring that steer to the ground with all four feet pointing the same direction. Yet another idea where a $10 hat might have been on a 5 cent head but in reality it is easy to tie most of these events directly to the work on the range.
I’ve been told the early days of Rodeo were dominated by Women. Of course I was told this by a Woman so I don’t know as I believe it. But I can tell you when you watch our modern day Cowgirl hit that cloverleaf pattern in a barrel race, they can sure ride a horse. I’m also seeing more Young Ladies in the Roping Events which is keeping some of the guys a little more focused. I mean really, do you want to go back to your trailer and tell your buddies you just lost to a girl? And yet I see that happen every weekend which I think may be fueling the “Girls Rule – Boys Drool” tee-shirts I’ve been seeing more of lately.
Whether you have little girls or little guys, take your family to a Rodeo in your area. It is a family event, a celebration of our American Heritage and we have some good ones right here inOhio. Like: SbarL Rodeo, Rafter MbarW Rodeo, Broken Horn Rodeo, Buckeye Rodeo, A Bar Rodeo, and the Rolling Stone Rodeo. We also have some great Bulls and Barrels shows inOhiopromoted by these same folks and others like Buckin Ohio, Rafter C Bulls, M&M, Hat Creek, REC Bucking Bulls, Gabriel Cattle, Rockin S and Fox Hollow Rodeo. With any luck we’ll start seeing the ads right hear in your copy of the Horseman’s Corral. Next month we’ll talk about the American Cowboy. Until then, may God bless all the trails you ride.
Trying to manage the web page while traveling and promoting the business has proven a challenge. Please excuse the dust as we go for a better approach to this whole thing. In the meantime, if you need something….well the email still works!!!
Saturday May 22 will kick off the 2010 Buckle Series for the SbarL Rodeo in Sugarcreek, OH. This is one of the BIGGEST Small Rodeos in the Region. Pre-show entertainment starts at 6:00 PM with Paul Mark Miller. Main performance starts at 7:00. This is an Open Rodeo with Saddle and Bareback Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Team Roping, Breakaway Calf Roping, Ribbon Roping, Barrel Racing, and of course Bull Riding. There will also be Mutton Busting and a Calf Scramble for the kids. Admission is only $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-12 and under 3 are Free. Check them out at www.sbarlrodeo.com. I hope to see you there. Here is our 30 Second Radio Ad for the Rodeo: SBARL 30 Sec Ad
MATTIE POWELL “PINK” BENEFIT
BARREL RACE/MOUNTED SHOOT
AT W/B arena 1640 county road B Swanton Ohio
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30TH
$2 gate fee for spectators
EXPO BARRELS 9:00 TO 11:00 $5 PER RUN
Contestants are asked to wear pink clothing /tack (Mattie’s Favorite color!)
NBHA/CMSA DRESS CODE PLEASE!
4D JACKPOT BARRELS TO START AT 11:30
Entry fee $25 60% payback 40% to Mattie
Entry booth/ Auction are cash only please!
MAIN MATCH: ENTRY FEE $15 PER RIDER
70% to Mattie 20% to 1st place team 10% to 2nd place team
Teams: 1 barrel racer/ 1 Shooter drawn from hats to form team.
CALCUTTA: each team will then be auctioned off to the highest
bidder. Spectators/riders are to bid on the team that they think will
win! Money from Calcutta will be split 70% to Mattie 30% to hi
bidder of winning team. Every one is welcome to participate in the
Immediately after auction is complete Barrel racer team members will run in
order that they sold. After Barrel runs are finished Mounted Shooter team
mate will run 1 stage. 5 sec penalty for knocked over barrel or missed
balloon. Barrel run time combined with Shooter time fastest team wins
50-50 raffles will be a contest between Barrel Racers and Shooters! Each
will conduct 1 drawing. So make sure you support your favorite event!
Food stand provided by CUSTERS COWBOYS mounted shooters club all
proceeds go to Mattie
Stalls available: $20 for day ($10 returned for cleaned out stall)
For more info contact Brad Lumbrezer – 419-583-6737
THANK YOU! TO THE WYLIE’S AND W/B ARENA, FOR DONATING
THEIR BEAUTIFUL FACILITY FOR THIS EVENT!!
THANK YOU! TO Joe Coalter, our announcer for donating his services for
THANK YOU! TO all of the barrel racers and mounted shooters for your help in making this
Ohio lost a pretty good Cowboy this week. Butch Taft, owner of the Buckeye Rodeo Company made his final ride this past Monday following a trucking accident. Butch Taft gave me my first sanctioned Rodeo. I also had the Honor of calling his 6 year old grand-daughters’ first barrel race at the S Bar L Rodeo in Sugarcreek last year. But, nothing I can say would be better than this…..
I Know You’ll Miss This Man
by Baxter Black
The Lord spoke to the heavy hearts that stood with hats in hand
“Your sadness pains me deeply and I know you’ll miss this man.
But, it’s true what you’ve been hearing, Heaven is a real place.
That’s no small consolation, You should use that fact to face.
The emptiness his parting left that seeps into your bones
And draw on it to ease your pain, For he is not alone.
You see, all his friends are up here and all his loved ones, too,
‘Cause it wouldn’t be a heaven without each one of you.
And heaven for a Cowboy is just what you might expect,
It’s horses that need tunin’ up and heifers that need checked.
It’s long rides with a purpose and a code that lights the way
And a satisfying reason to get up every day.
It’s the ranch he’s always dreamed of and never knew he’d find.
And if you think about it, you can see it in your mind.
Him, leanin’ in the saddle with his ol’ hat on his head,
Contentment set upon his face like blankets on a bed.
The leather creaks a little as he shifts there in the seat.
The bit chains give a jingle when his pony switches feet.
And you somehow get the feelin’ that he’s sittin’ on a throne
A’gazin out on paradise just like it was his own.
I can promise you he’s happy, though I know you can’t pretend
You’re glad he made the journey, It’s too hard to comprehend.
The earthly way you look at things can never satisfy
Your lack of understanding for the answer to the ‘Why?’
So, I offer this small comfort to put your grief to rest,
I only take the top hands ‘cause my crew’s the very best.
And I know it might seem selfish to friends and next of kin
But I needed one more Cowboy and Billy fit right in.”
This poem was used with author permission granted by:
Coyote Cowboy Company
P.O. Box 2190
Benson, AZ 85602
I am pleased to announce I will be working with the WQKT, 104.5 Sports Country Radio Team as the host of a new program called “Horsin Around Ohio”. The program will focus on all things Equine happening in Central Ohio. WQKT understands the need to keep Contestants and Spectators informed of events as well as keeping equine enthusiasts up to date on the latest information regarding equine organizations, care and training.
I believe the Equine Industry offers low cost family entertainment in a time when it’s needed more than ever. Let’s face it, most of our events are free to the public and even when there is a ticket involved, it’s typically not expensive. To that end, informing the public of your event on “Horsin Around Ohio” makes good sense for everyone. If you agree, all you need to do is send me information regarding your upcoming events. I’ll do my very best to talk about it the week of the event. Please send information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that mention of your event on “Horsin Around Ohio” is not a replacement for advertising. I cannot encourage you enough to contact WQKT directly to talk about advertising your event well in advance of the date. You can reach WQKT directly at 330-264-5122 or email them at email@example.com
I look forward to hearing from you. In the mean time please listen for information regarding “Horsin Around Ohio” coming soon.
May God bless all the trails you ride.