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TRAVIS NYE, ROPING CHAMPION
Comments on the October 8, 2017 Camp IOU newsletter.

“The roping was the Wrangler National Team Roping Finals. I have roped at the finals two other times, but have never had any luck. This is the largest payout I have received for an event. The horse I rode is a 9 year old mare that I bought about 2 months ago. She does everything right so it makes my part easy. Team roping is a sport that allows you to get away from the grind of the work week or day. You have to be focused and in the moment, much like golf. It’s also one of the few hobbies that will actually pay for itself if your lucky.” – Travis Nye

FROM ACROSS THE POND
Re: Afternoon Tea at the Jersey Lilly 2016
Very many thanks for sharing this review – together with photos – of an astounding tea party. I was deeply impressed with the staging of the event and the trouble to which the ladies had gone to make it so special.

In Victorian and Edwardian times, the milliners of London created the most fabulous hats for ladies. Actresses led the fashions and not just the wealthy appearing in the Royal Enclosure at the Ascot Races.

I noted the beautiful tea services being used and the decorum of the event. Most impressive coming from our cousins over the pond!!!! At least some people appreciate the living standards and life style of a bygone age.

Please let the sentiments and admiration of a Brit be known to those who organised and attended this splendid function.
Warm regards as always.
Keith Shipman
Saarlouis – Nalbach
Germany
[Ed.: Read the full story about the afternoon tea here]

MUSINGS FROM THE PRAIRIE
“My great uncle was Vern Thomason from Jordan area; since he also raised sheep we assume he may have taken the wool to Ingomar for shipping. We had some contact with him long ago, before he died; and we were able to go out to the old ranch with permission from the current owner (about forty years ago now). He told a story to my youngest brother, about a man who murdered someone in the area; and the law was going to be some days away at that time…Read more

LINDA LOU: Although Owen Badgett does not do email we got Peggy’s story to him by phone. And we will ask around for more information about the sheepherders that frequented Ingomar, and share with readers. Thanks Peggy!

“I knew Owen years ago when I lived in Miles City. I still have a poetry book that he autographed for me. Its in a box but I still have it! Owen used to come down to the Hole In The Wall where a bunch of us girls worked and he would come down and say hey and hang out for a bit.:) I hope he had a good turn-out at the Museum last night.” – Stephani S-C.

Camp IOU News

Wagon Train

Documentary Crew Joins Ingomar Wagon Train for Montana Stock Growers’ Association 125th Year Celebration

When the Ingomar wagon train pulled into Miles City for the 125th Anniversary of the Montana Stockman Growers Association last Friday, June 12th, 2009, they were accompanied by a Neon Lines video crew from the Mojave Desert, who were taping the final segments for a documentary on Eastern Montana cowboy poet Owen Badgett. The crew, producer Linda Lou Crosby and camera operator Hart Broesel, got some great video and photos along the way.

Heavy rain had diverted some of the planned participants for the Ingomar wagon train, but Owen Badgett, Morris Ware, John Benson (with his wife Pam as an outrider) and Jack Hinnaland (with his wife Deb as an outrider) took their teams from the John Biery Ranch all the way to Miles City. Morris looked at the wagon ride as a way to work a lesser experienced team and be ready for the big parade down Main Street Saturday, June 13th. “

The Ingomar wagon train did experience some pretty good rain and cold wind at the beginning of their ride, and it had rained hard for a couple of days before the event was to begin. “The gumbo was pretty deep so we stayed mostly on the roads,” said Badgett. But the final two days of the trip were perfect weather for the teams and the camera crew. Once at the fairgrounds in Miles City, participants enjoyed a steak dinner courtesy of Albert Newman, Daphne Kuhlman, and his NNN Ranch crew, and a hearty breakfast before the parade.

The Owen Badgett documentary has been in the works for ten years, which allowed producer Linda Lou Crosby to fully experience Eastern Montana hospitality, picturesque scenery and working cattle ranches up close. The documentary is due to be completed this coming October. The plan is to premiere the documentary at the Lone Pine Film Festival, in Lone Pine, California October 9-11, 2009, and a Miles City premiere has been discussed with Kelly Reid who honchoed the logistics of the three wagon trains that rode to Miles City for the Montana Stock Growers’ Association event from various parts of Eastern Montana.

Badgett, a cowboy poet and storyteller with three published books to his credit, “Made of Iron”, “Rawhide and Velvet”, “A Deep Seat and a Faraway Look”, now lives in Ingomar, MT. Badgett, born and raised in Eastern Montana, cowboyed for the NNN and M_ Ranch over the last 14 years. “There is nothing quite so spectacular as Eastern Montana,” said Crosby. “ The term ‘Big Sky’ means a lot more to me now. And the friendships and neighborliness of the people of this state, not to mention the camaraderie and stories that surround ranching and cow work, provide a setting beyond compare.”

The Ingomar Wagon Train

The Ingomar Wagon Train

The Ingomar Wagon Train - Jack Hinnaland & His Team

Jack Hinnaland & His Team

The Ingomar Wagon Train - Owen Badgett with His Buggy

Owen Badgett with His Buggy Pulled by His Mules Ghengis & Attila

The Ingomar Wagon Train - Camp at the Miles City Fairgrounds

Camp at the Miles City Fairgrounds