The June/July issue (on newsstands now), has a photo essay by photographer Chad Case on the colorful subject of charreada, which has been called the National Sport of Mexico. A form of stylized rodeo or riding exhibition, including roping and equestrian performances, charreada is based on the heritage of charros, or gentlemen ranchers.
The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo has announced the retirement of W. R. “Bob” Watt, Jr. In honor of Watt’s more than 40 years of service to the organization, Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief will host a public ceremony proclaiming May 4th, 2010 as W.R. “Bob” Watt, Jr. Day in the City of Fort Worth. (See details below).
About once a month, I get a letter from an inmate somewhere in the U.S. correctional system. Guys behind bars (who spend most of their time indoors) seem to like American Cowboy for the stories and photos of people living freely outdoors in the Great American West. I think they also have a lot of time to kill and are wanting in pen pals ...
I witnessed something really special a couple of weeks ago (Saturday July, 17) at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs—the Induction Ceremony for the "class" of 2010. This event was about as heartfelt and genuine as you can imagine. To see these cowboys get honored by their peers was almost like sitting in on a private family affair. Tears and laughter rang out with every speech.