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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

History

Camp IOU sits in the heart of Eastern Montana in the historical town of Ingomar, population 9, where folks gather from miles around to sit and confab at the Jersey Lilly. Camp IOU owners Hart Broesel and Linda Lou Crosby brought their horses and donkeys to the Eastern Plains, where they are having new adventures and developing new episodes of Camp IOU “Tall Tails” based on the original Inyokern Horse Hotel radio show that appeared on the web in 2009.

Hart is right at home in Eastern Montana. He was a stunt rider in the series “The Virginian” (among others) where he got the chance to work under the direction of Sam Peckinpaw. Broesel has also delivered some of his stories at cowboy poetry gatherings in California. His photographs have been featured in juried art shows, and are also featured in the Camp IOU 2010 Calendar “Bred to Buck”, which is just about sold out. Hart and Linda Lou also enjoy some great wagon train rides throughout the Eastern Montana plains.

Hanging out at Camp IOU include some Rick Littleton Steens Mountain Kiger horses. Spirit from the animated “Stallion of the Cimmarons” was modeled on a Kiger initially owned and raised by Rick Littleton. Broesel became fascinated by the breed in the early 2000’s and is the owner of “Kiger’s Fancy,” “Kiger’s Golden Nuggett” and “Kiger’s Little Doc” who are key characters featured on the “Tall Tails” radio show. The horses have taken their spots in the town pasture.

Cowboy poet Owen Badgett, an Ingomar resident, and his pal cowman Morris Ware, said they will be breaking Little Doc to drive a cart this summer. So Linda Lou better get busy putting Linseed Oil on the cart she and Hart got at a Forsyth auction last year. Also, it needs a seat. But first things first. Owen Badgett is the main character in a documentary that Linda Lou produced and was released in 2009, called “The Gypsy Cowman”…a Vanishing Breed”. It is a story of Badgett and the ranchers of Eastern Montana. Owen was born and raised in Eastern Montana and worked and lived at Ralston Camp for 14 years. Ralston Camp is a cow camp which initially was owned by the Newmans of the NNN Tanch. Then it was bought by the Montgomery Ranch, and Owen came with it. Owen lived without electricity or running water at Ralston Camp, but never lacked good times, good books, or good friends. “The Gypsy Cowman” premiered at the Lone Pine Film Festival in 2009 and also Miles City Montana in 2009, and has been reviewed by Rick Huff at cowboypoetry.com. Find out more at our General Store.

Camp IOU (Ingomar Outdoors Unlimited) also has a mammoth Jack, Raisin’ Cane, who puts his two sense into the Camp IOU Radio show. Look for co-owner Linda Lou Crosby’s columns on donkey adventures, called “The Donkey Whisperer”, in the Western Mule Magazine.

And look for Linda Lou’s new documentary…..will keep you folks posted as we go.