Once Upon a Time in Italy—Spaghetti Western Roundup
(This excellent article by Alex Cox ran in the New York Times on June 6, 2012.)
Cowboy Elvis sells for $37 million
This from Erik Hayden of Time.com: It has nothing on Orange, Red, Yellow — the abstract painting that reportedly just set a contemporary art auction record with an $86.9 million dollar price tag — but the combination of Andy Warhol and Elvis Presley still proved lucrative when it went up for auction at Sotheby’s on Wednesday.
Rodeo Clown Reunion—Sheridan, Wyo.
The laughable, photographable band of former rodeo clowns, bullfighters and barrelmen will arrive in Sheridan, Wyoming, for their Rodeo Clown Reunion, July 11th through the 14th during the annual Sheridan WYO Rodeo. These laugh-getters and cowboy-savers will stir up the town with their colorful costumes and individual make-up along with their strange sense of humor.
Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys
Anyone who loves Quarter Horses needs to read this New York Time article: "Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys: The new economics of horse racing are making an always-dangerous game even more so, as lax oversight puts animal and rider at risk" (link below). It's horrifying and fascinating.
Denver's Best Hotels
In January, I spent some time in Denver, Colorado, at the Great National Western Stock Show (www.nationalwestern.com) and at the annual Western and English Sales Association trade show, and I had the pleasure of visiting two classic Denver hotels. They're worth noting, because both are housed in stone buildings that were constructed over 100 years ago.
KNOW HOW: Stampede String
Subscriber Cari Brown from Airway Heights, Wash., wrote me a letter recently asking about how to attach a stampede string to a cowboy hat—without ruining it with too many holes. To get expert advice on the stampede string (a.k.a. hurricane strap, chin string, head holding tie down), I contacted Trent Johnson of Greeley Hat Works (greeleyhatworks.com).
Managing cattle for altitude sickness
This article about altitude sickness in cattle (a.k.a. brisket disease) by Dan Frosch ran August 1 in the New York Times. Very tricky conditions for ranchers to deal with... For tourists traveling into the mountains, altitude sickness can be an uncomfortable reality. The lightheadedness. The nausea. The vicious headaches.
May Newsletter #2
The staff at American Cowboy, based in Boulder, Colo., is paying close attention to the outbreak of the Equine Herpesvirus/Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy. With numerous recorded cases in our county and surrounding counties, we're watching for the latest from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, as well as national veterinary experts.
An interesting new Western debuted this weekend. Meek's Cutoff is a solid, if spooky, addition to the genre. Michelle Williams (of Brokeback Mountain-fame and Heath Ledger's widow) plays a pioneer woman, who, along with her husband and two other couples, points her wagon West and follows mountain man Stephen Meek through eastern Oregon to cross the Cascade Mountains.
In bookstores now and available on Horsebooksetc.com, American Cowboy’s new book “The 100 Greatest Western Movies of All Time: Including Five You’ve Never Heard of” is our definitive—if controversial—ranking. Westerns are our favorite movie genre, of course, and we worked with publishers Globe Pequot to do it justice.
April is National Poetry Month in the United States and Canada, and April 17–23 is Cowboy Poetry Week. In fact, 2011 is the tenth annual Cowboy Poetry Week, which 22 state governors and officials have recognized. Many activities take place across the West and beyond to mark the occasion. Visit Cowboypoetry.com and Westernfolklife.org to learn more.
Slim Pickens' wife Margaret ‘Maggi’ Elizabeth Lindley passes away
Margaret "Maggi" Elizabeth Lindley, widow of rodeo clown, contestant, and movie actor Slim Pickens, passed away March 21, 2011 in Sonora, California, five days shy of her 90th birthday. She incurred a broken hip in December and never recovered from it. Maggi, a native Californian, was born March 26, 1921. She met Slim at the Madera County Fair while she was galloping a horse on the race track.
We recently started the American Cowboy Magazine E-Newsletter, which some of you have started receiving. It contains information about upcoming events, contests, recipes, gear, and culture of the American West. Be the first to read new articles and learn about products and services from our Equine Network of titles (activeinterestmedia.com).
Girl's death after bull ride prompts questions of safety
Here's another article about the untimely death of a child in rodeo by St. Petersberg Tribune staff writers Stephanie Wang and Ileana Morales. It's reminiscent, of course, of "Rough Stock," the article about 12-year-old Wayde Hamar that we published in the October/November 2010 issue of American Cowboy. Brooke Ann Coats could hold her own in an arena full of cowboys.
Extreme Mustang Makeover Rides Again
It's nice to see when mainstream media turns its attention to our world. James Card of the New York Times wrote the following article: On the brown dirt floor of Tennessee Miller Coliseum, Dale Lively covered the eyes of his mustang by wrapping a cloth around its head, then rode it toward a small wooden bridge.
Custer's Last Flag
I just finished reading the new book by Nathaniel Philbrick, the Last Stand (Viking 2010), which I'll be reviewing for the upcoming April/May issue. (It's a MUST-READ, by the way, for any American-history buffs—the definitive word on the subject.) So the recent news that the only U.S.
When Creation Was Young
Below is a nice cowboy poem from one of our readers. It makes me sad and wistful, because I learned of the death of pro surfer Andy Irons today. He was just 32 with a beautiful wife, who's pregnant with his son. (He died alone in a Texas hotel room of complications from dengue fever—and possibly pain killers and sleeping pills).
Single Action Shooting Society Reaches 90,000 Members
The Single Action Shooting Society (www.sassnet.com), which hosts competitions for this popular shooting sport nationwide, has reached 90,000 members. Headquartered in Edgewood, N.M., SASS is a "fantasy" shooting sport that requires members to dress in 1880s Old West costumes and to strap on six-guns to help Roy, Gene, and Hoppy make the West safe for God-fearin’ families!
John Wayne Sweepstakes
In celebration of our Collector's Edition devoted entirely to John Wayne (on newsstands now!), we've launched a fun sweepstakes. Visit Americancowboy.com/contest to learn more about how you can win a trip for two to John Wayne's Birthplace in Winterset, Iowa and the Bridges of Madison County.