From the PRCA/Lazy E Arena: OKLAHOMA CITY – The United Way has set up its temporary control center at the Goodwill Headquarters building in downtown Oklahoma City to assist with the distribution of PRCA merchandise to those affected by the recent tornadoes in Moore, Okla., and the surrounding areas. Tornado victims will be able to come in and select what they need at no charge.
From Colorado State University Equine Science: The Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale promises to be a springtime highlight at Colorado State University in late April, when 81 American Quarter Horses – both promising young horses and proven older horses – will be offered for sale.
From the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Western Music Rendezvous: “Horse Shield” by world famous Montana artist, Kevin Red Star, has been selected by Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Western Music Rendezvous as the official logo for this August’s 28th Gathering, produced in Lewistown, August 15-18.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.