Our Readers Write

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

Owen Badgett at the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Cowboy poet and cowman Owen Badgett will appear Friday and Saturday, August 12 & 13, at the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous in Lewistown, Montana.

 

Photo: Owen Badgett (second from left) and neighbors on his front porch

Owen Badgett (second from left) and neighbors on his front porch during a branding event at Rawlston Camp in 2005.

The 2011 Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous is headquartered at the Yogo Inn, Lewistown, MT, and runs August 11-14, 2011. For tickets and information, visit http://www.montanacowboypoetrygathering.com, or call 1-800-860-9646 or 406-535-8721.

Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering is dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the history and heritage of the upper Rocky Mountain cowboy beginning in the late 1880’s to the present. Charles M. Russell, in “Trails Plowed Under” had this to say about the Big Sky cowboy: ‘The cowpuncher east of the Rockies originated in Texas and ranged north to the Big Bow. He wasn’t so much for pretty; his saddle was low horn, rimfire, or double-cinch.’

The Gypsy Cowman DVD Cover


Owen’s books of poetry, and a documentary on Owen, “The Gypsy Cowman”….a Vanishing Breed,”
by award-winning producer Linda Lou Crosby, will be for sale at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering. The film premiered at the Lone Pine Film Festival in Lone Pine, California and Miles City, Montana. The documentary is the story of Owen Badgett, often called the “real deal” as a cowman and poet.

“[Badgett] like his father before him, is a “Gyspy Cowman,” a cattleman who runs his cattle on the ranch where he works as part of his wages. Owen’s stories take you to a place where neighbor helps neighbor, a person’s word is his bond, where love of land underlies it all, and honor means everything. As seen in the film, Badgett, a third generation Eastern Montanan with three books of poetry and stories to his credit, is about as cowboy as they come; tough as nails and no-frills but with a heart of gold.” – Lone Pine Film Festival Premiere, 2009

“For my money, it’s the best I’ve ever seen.” Rick Huff at cowboypoetry.com and The Western Way

The DVD and the books are also available through the Camp IOU General Store, amazon.com, or by calling 760-382-1706.