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Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering by Rex Rideout Photos by Bob Kisken

GOLDEN, COLORADO…..The 2015 Colorado Cowboy Gathering is wrapped up. The shows were  well attended and some actually sold out. Thanks to everyone who put so much into making this happen. Especially Liz Masterson who has been promoting this event every year since it first began.    1-The sign welcoming everyone to Golden, Colorado 2-The originator and the one and only, Liz Masterson 3-Deb Carpenter 4-John Cunningham and Eli Barsi What a lineup:  Dave Stamey, Eli Barsi (& John), Doc Mehl, Andy Nelson, Bill Barwick (& Mac), Sam DeLeeuw, Bob Bovee, Carol Heuchan, Deb Carpenter, Sid Hausman, Gary Allegretto (& Ian Espinoza), Liz Masterson, Susie Knight, Tim Nolting, Mike Hurwitz, Mikki Daniel and Pipp Gillette.   I sure hope everyone of these performers will be coming back. Their humor,  quick wit and at times, heartbreaking stories and songs … Read entire article »

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Win This Classic Hollywood Saddle

HAPPY TRAILS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION Proudly Presents the Legendary Classic Hollywood Saddle   APPLE VALLEY,CA-Legendary comic book cowboy Red Ryder was a fictional American hero to millions of boys and girls for almost three decades. He was created by noted cowboy artist Fred Harman and his marketing partner, Stephen Slesinger. Red Ryder first appeared in print on Sunday, November 6, 1938, eventually appearing in more than 750 newspapers with more than 14 million readers, in 10 languages. Slesinger soon embarked on an aggressive marketing campaign of merchandising and licensing with an endless array of comic books, Big Little Books, novels, radio programs, rodeos, powwows, and numerous licensed products including the legendary Daisy Red Ryder BB gun, the longest continuous license agreement in history. It was inevitable that Red Ryder would make it to … Read entire article »

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Cowboy Crossings at National Cowboy Museum

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-For those of you not familiar with Cowboy Crossings, it is a combination of the very best in western art from the Cowboy Artists of America combined with the very best in custom gear with the Traditional Cowboy Artists of America. This event was opened Oct. 4, 2015 with a gala dinner with the exhibition going on for an extended viewing to the general public.  It is definitely worth your time to see this fabulous event. Both groups have samples of their best work at the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City at the Cowboy Crossings for exhibition, but all of the works are for sale.  The opening of the event was held on Saturday evening with MC Red Steagall and some top country talent.  After the dinner, folks were … Read entire article »

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South Dakota Wild Horse Sanctuary by Bob Kisken

HOT SPRINGS, SD-There are many reasons I enjoy going to these cowboy gatherings: 1 I hear lots of good music, poetry and prose about a life-style I knew little about until I moved out west from Michigan a few years ago and 2-I get to meet some new friends and hear some great stories (not all of them true?) about cowboy culture. Last year, at Hot Springs, someone told me about Dayton Hyde, who at one time was a rodeo bronc rider, clown and bullfigthter. This year, I went out to his horse sanctuary and met him and took a tour of his sanctuary. He told me stories about Slim Pickens, Zeke Bowery, Felix Cooper, Homer Holcomb, Bull 29 and other rodeo greats.   His book, The Pastures of Beyond, detail his life from … Read entire article »

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Chris LeDoux Memorial Park by Bob Kisken

KAYCEE, WYOMING-The readers of Rope Burns are well aware of Chris LeDoux’s contributions to art, western music and rodeo. In June, 2010, the Chris LeDoux Memorial Park was dedicated in Kaycee, WY. In it is a beautiful monument created by D. Michael Thomas of Buffalo, WY. For those who won’t ever get to Kaycee, WY, here are some photos of the monument and the park. If you get a chance, someday, go there and see it. It is a most beautiful memorial. … Read entire article »

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17th Annual Badger Clark Poetry and Music by Bob Kisken

An empty stage soon to be filled with a whole lotta talented cowboy poets and singers HOT SPRINGS, SD-Where can a woman recite a poem about a prolapse and get laughs and applause. The Answer is easy, at a cowboy poetry and music festival. 1-Jess Howard     2-Chuck Larsen    3-Trinity Seely    4-Robert Dennis The 17th Annual Badger Clark Cowboy Music and Stories was presented by the Hot Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Sept 26-27. A great time was had by all. I heard the worst joke I’ve ever heard in a while, will not tell you who told it, but I will tell it for the next few years. The event started with a cowboy supper Friday followed by Bunkhouse Tales and open mic. This allowed people to get to know old and new friends … Read entire article »

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Learning the Ropes by Tom Kisken Photos by Joseph A Garcia/Star

  VENTURA,CA-My knees snaked together when I walked. My Texas belt bore no flashy buckle. I carried a canister of Hubba Bubba in my back jeans pocket, but on the weekend, I was supposed to act like a cowboy at the Ventura County Fair. I was done in by my big feet. I couldn’t find size 12 boots to borrow. I was too cheap to buy, so I showed up at the arena where cowboys herded and roped cattle in hiking shoes. The cowboys call them tennis shoes. It wasn’t a compliment. “A cowboy is always with his boots,” said Lupe Lopez, who was perched on top of a red fence next to his quarter horse, Monty. When Lopez was 19 his father gave him $200 so he could take a bus from their home in … Read entire article »

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Casper, WY Cowboy Poetry by Bob Kisken

CASPER,WY-A good time was had by all at the Casper, WY Cowboy Poetry Gathering.  I hope you will enjoy the faces of the participants.            Dr. Joe and Buffalo Bill                                     GT Hurley         Jerry Bell                                      Thatch Elmer                                   MC Gordy Pratt Tina Willis                                Billy Browning and Anna and Rachael Merchant … Read entire article »

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Cimarron Cow Camp & Poetry by Patty Wright

STILLWATER,OK-The Payne County Expo Center in Stillwater, OK, was the site for the Cimarron Cow Camp  and Poetry Gathering on August 30, 2014. Lots of good food was had from the 5 chuckwagons During the day, the audience enjoyed the performances on stage of Jay Snider, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Lavern “Straw” Berry, Gary Pratt and a few others. Gary Pratt and Jay Snider combined their talents on one number. Always popular, get a ride on a real stagecoach A stagecoach and carriage were available for folks to have a ride around the grounds. This appeared to be a popular feature as both stayed busy a good part of the day. Yvonne Hollenbeck and Gary Pratt and Jay Snider entertained the crowd during the day Five chuckwagons provided the evening meal. Despite the hot weather, there was some … Read entire article »

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27th Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering by Nika Nordbrock

  PRESCOTT, AZ-The Gathering had no theme this year, but rather it and used the artwork Cowboy’s Journal by Marliss Fellows. Poets, musicians, and audience certainly had a marvelous time during this fantastic weekend at the 27th Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering in Prescott, Arizona, on August 7, 8 and 9, 2014. The weekend weather was cooperative until Saturday afternoon when the skies opened to drench us with a beautiful much needed rain. We always like rain as it brings grass for the pastures. Deanna and Dave McCall, Paul Bliss, Mary Kaye and Jay Snider  This year over 56 poets and musicians celebrated the twenty-seventh gathering with the multiple day sessions and three evening shows. The evening shows were held in the Performing Arts Center at the Yavapai College Prescott Campus.The all-volunteer Gathering crew … Read entire article »

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Tongue River Wins Texas Ranch Roundup

The winning Tongue River Ranch WICHITA FALLS, TX-Every year the third weekend in August, the best in Texas Ranches gather to see which ranch will come out on top.  Competition is not only in the arena, but the chuckwagon, talent, artists, craftsmen and other categories.  It gives the entire ranch family a chance to help with the win.  This is also the “Grandaddy” of all ranch rodeos.  Without it, there would be no ranch rodeos of today.  They came up with the concept and made it happen and for that we salute them. Second place went to the Swenson Ranch and also included the Swenson’s Mark Boss being named the Top Hand In the arena competition, the top ranch was the Tongue River, with second being the Swenson Land & Cattle Company and … Read entire article »

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29th Montana Cowboy Gathering by Bob Kisken

LEWISTOWN,MT-The 29th Annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous was held in Lewistown, MT, Aug. 14-17 2014. It is the second oldest gathering (behind Elko) in the US. The Sons of the San Joaquin entertaining the large crowd First of all, I send kudos to the volunteers who must put in hours to set up this gathering. Without their efforts, there would be no gathering. Thank you folks. 1-Mary Kaye           2-Joe Charter          3-Jerry Laskody         4-Dusty Trail Thursday night started the whole thing with a buffet and an open mic show where some of the performers gave an inkling o what was ahead. 1-BK McCafferty           2-Dale W. Mailand         3-Dave Joppa          4-John Ulhberg Friday and Saturday, there were 46 hour sessions where four or five entertainers did their thing. There was (I think) more poets this … Read entire article »

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New Underwood 4th Day of Cowboy by Slim McNaught

NEW UNDERWOOD, SD-Perfect atmosphere, comfortable temperature, great performances, followed by delicious treats afterwards, what a way to celebrate the 4th Annual New Underwood National Day of the Cowboy. Not a large audience but a great audience to perform for. Performers were Robert “Jinglebob” Dennis of Red Owl, SD: Dean Hackens of New Underwood, SD; Mel Anderson and his wife, Dorothy, of Wasta, SD; Margaret Nachtigall of Owanka, SD; and Slim McNaught of New Underwood, SD. 1-Margaret Nachtigall  2-Dean Hackens    3-Dorothy Anderson Robert Dennis sang several songs, some which he has written, and told a story. With a book and CD published, he is well known in the area. He has also attended cowboy poetry/music gatherings in Elko, NV several times, performed from Iowa to California and many events in the western states. … Read entire article »

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Nebraska Women’s Ranch Rodeo by Bob Kisken

CRAWFORD,NE-What has 52 young women with lots of heart and 52 horses? It was the Womens’ Ranch Rodeo Association sanctioned 2nd Annual Cowgirl Swank Classing Women’s Ranch Rodeo held in Crawford, NE, July 19-20. 13 teams of four women each, from Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and South Dakota, competed in 5 events for prizes and the chance to go to the WRRA finals which will be held Oct 17-18 in Loveland, C0. The five events are calf branding, sorting, mugging, trailer loading and calf branding. For more information and results google Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association. This old man was impressed by their determination and guts in doing what they did. Unfortunately the heat got to me and I had to leave early. I want to go to another when when it gets cooler. Look … Read entire article »

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10th Annual Big Horn Festival by Bob Kisken

BUFFALO,WY-Buffalo, WY, is a small town in the Big Horns. It is surrounded by western history such as: Sheridan Inn (home of Buffalo Bill at one time), Occidental Hotel (Owen Wister wrote the Virginian here), Battle of Little Big Horn, Hole in the Wall, Fetterman Massacre at Ft. Phil Kearney, and site of the Johnson County War. 1-Betse Ellis and Kasey Rausch 2-Teaching square dancing 3- Fergus 1-Jacob Groopman and Melody Walker 2-Too Wet To Plow 3-Jeff Troxel Trio 1-Blue Canyon Boys                                    2-Houston Jones Band 1-Fiddle Contest                2-Dancin’                        3-Jammin’ The 10th Annual Big Horn Mountain Festival was held this year, July 11-13 in Buffalo. 1-Horseshoes and Hand Grenades                           2-Foghorn String Band They hold a kids camp for bluegrass music, have various excellent music groups, open mic times, banjo, mandolin, guitar and violin contest, various other events such … Read entire article »

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Prescott Indian Art Winners

PRESCOTT, AZ- AWARDS COMPETITION RESULTS Best of Show: Gerry Quotskuyva Booth 12 Ceramics 1st Place: Lorraine Gala-Lewis Booth 4 2nd Place: Esther Cajero Booth 15 3rd Place: Carlos Laate Booth 81 Jewelry 1st Place: L. Bruce Hodgins Booth 45 2nd Place: Allison Lee Booth 57 3rd Place: Benson Manygoats Booth 16 Sculpture 1st Place: Gerry Quotskuyva Booth 12 2nd Place: Peter Yazzie Booth 17 3rd Place: Tim Washburn Booth 58 Traditional Arts 1st Place: Mona Laughing Booth 60 2nd Place: Rena Begay Booth 96 3rd Place: Jonathan Day, Sr. Booth 8 Two–Dimensional Art 1st Place: Gilmore Scott Booth 55 2nd Place: Mark Silversmith Booth 42 3rd Place: James Tsoodle Booth 77 Judges Choice Ryan Gashweseoma Booth 14 Lyle Secatero Booth 40 Mona Laughing Booth 60 Jimmie Yawakia Booth 61 … Read entire article »

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Ft Sisseton Historical Festival By Cassandra Swanson

LAKE CITY, SD-The 39th Fort Sisseton Historical Festival was held June 7-8 at the Fort near Lake City, SD. Sunny Skies greeted the 6 competition chuck wagons as they prepared meals for the event sponsors.  The wagons cooked roast beef, potatoes, beans, biscuits, and dessert on Saturday, then each wagon helped two kids prepare and apple crisp for the Sunday Kid’s pie baking contest.  Held the first week of June each year, this is one of the best events in the state – put it on your schedule for next year as the Festival celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary with cowboys, mountain men, rendezvousers, the Cavalry and Frontier Army of the Dakotas – as well as hundreds of re-enactors from the 1890’s, period and modern vendors, music, song and dance and … Read entire article »

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KRLC CHANGES NAMES

LEWISTOWN, ID-“The Snake River Radio Roundup” { Keepin’ It Western }  (Formerly the “Western Heritage Show”)  The Snake River Radio Roundup is broadcast every Friday from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon on 1350 AM, KRLC in Lewiston, Idaho. The show is produced and hosted by 2004 Academy of Western Artists (AWA) Disc Jockey of the Year, “Toe Tappin” Tommy Tucker. The show features Western and Western Swing music and Cowboy poetry. Also on hand are some of our local entertainers, who sit in for some pickin’ and grinnin’. Artists traveling through the area are always welcome to come and join the fun. Each week a special guest is interviewed via telephone. The list of guests has included some of the biggest names in country and western music such as Bill Anderson, “Little” … Read entire article »

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OKC Cowboy Hall Chuckwagon/Children’s Gathering 2014

There were long lines waiting, but plenty of things to do.  OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-Come Memorial Day, you know the National Cowboy Museum is going to be a crowded place with chuckwagons, kids and parents all over the place.  Not only filling the main parking lot at the Cowboy Hall, but filling an overflow parking lot on the east end.  The weather was perfrect and the crowds were large.  Here you see chuckwagons not worrying about competition and nit-picking judges, but people coming out to see and visit and eat off the real authentic chuckwagons.  They are not just there for 12-1 for a meal, they are there all day, and having a ball.  Honey Do Spoiler Cooks from Pampa, TX The wagons at this year’s chuckwagon gathering included, Big Pasture Ranch (El Reno, … Read entire article »

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21st Santa Clarita Festival by Bob Kisken

SANTA CLARITA,CA-The 21st Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival was held April 26-27, at the Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio. Performers from Allegretto to Zarzyski were there. Try saying that 20 times as fast as you can. There were buffalo soldiers, booksellers, people dressed in period clothes, fast guns, trick ropers, chuckwagons, peach cobbler, 4 stages with musicians and poets. It is easier for me to give a tour by photos. Take a look, you might see someone you know or maybe you’ll come next year to see it in person. Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat’s All Folks…. … Read entire article »

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