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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

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
[Ed.: Read the full story about the afternoon tea here]

“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.

Owen Badgett to Perform at Miles City Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Cowboy Poet Owen Badgett and Musician Bob PetermannEastern Montana cowboy poet Owen Badgett will be performing for the first ever Cowboy Poetry Gathering at the Range Riders Museum in Miles City, Saturday, February 21st. The museum is “a celebration of Eastern Montana history.,” and when you visit, you will immediately know why.

Also featured at the event are western performers Bob Petermann, Amelia Bradshaw, Jess Howard and Ann Henson.

Badgett was the subject of a recent documentary, “The Gypsy Cowman,” a story of eastern Montana, cowmen, ranchers, good friends, tough times, and plain old fun. Petermann is also featured on the documentary DVD with one of his melodious songs.

Look for great entertainment, fine food and a terrific time. Proceeds will benefit the museum. (Photos are Range Riders Museum (courtesy of the museum), and Owen Badgett and Bob Petermann at the premiere of the “Gypsy Cowman” in Miles City. (Camp IOU photo)
The documentary is available at

Event Details:
February 21, 2015 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
There will be Poetry, Music, and Dinner.
4pm-5:30 Poetry & Music
5:30-6:30 Dinner, prepared by Range Riders Reps

Tickets are $25 each, which includes Dinner and all activities.

For more information, contact Sharon Moore, at 406-234-7500, or by email at mclonesomedove AT
Range Riders Museum, Miles City MT

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