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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.

Ingomar, the Little Town with a Big Rodeo....Rides Again

For Immediate Release August 8th, 2016

After the arena dust settled, the stock was loaded, the prize money delivered and the street band had retired for the night, the seven members of the Ingomar Montana Rodeo committee (of a town whose population is twelve) could finally take a moment to realize this year’s 2016 Ingomar Open Rodeo was one of the best ever. The crowd was double the size of previous years. The cook shack sold loads of burgers and dogs. The Jersey Lilly barbecue was once again top notch.  And, the competitors were at the top of their game.

“The bull rides were even better this year,“ said Paul Lansaw, who came all the way from the Mojave Desert to attend. “And the bucking horses…well, they came out gruntin’ and fumin’, looking like they’d just as soon eat you…”

No wonder. The Newman Rodeo Company and Paul Eiker provided rough stock. And Ike Sankey, one of five former NFR qualifiers who attended this year’s event, brought the steers for the Big Sky Steer Roping. Other top notch rodeo names included Deb Greenough, who qualified for twelve consecutive NFRs during his career, and was the world champion bareback bronc rider.Greenough was the crowd pleasing announcer. Also in Ingomar was three-time world champion saddle bronc rider, Brad Germanson; NFR qualifier Wally Badgett, creator of the popular Earl cartoon; and several-time NFR qualifier Colin Murnion, who got to watch his boys take home winnings in both the saddle bronc and bull riding events.

Before the rodeo began, a moment of prayer was offered for three people who had been instrumental in the community, and had passed away during the year; NNN rancher Albert Newman, who helped establish the rodeo and benefitted the town in every way over the years; Jackie Newman, who served as secretary for the Calcutta each year, was an EMT in nearby Melstone and generally considered a wonder woman in many ways; and Mae Ware who was the best sponsor-getting, cook shack operator in the Ingomar Rodeo Club. All will be missed.

From the first event, it was “hold on to your seats, folks…” The ladies came away with impressive pole bending, breakaway roping and barrel times. A Ranch Rodeo style saddle bronc riding event was added this year, and the crowd loved it. Families with kids of all ages packed the town. Horse trailers were everywhere. The Jersey Lilly campground was full.

In the middle of all the commotion, a cowboy-hatted three year old got up on his tiptoes, peeked into the rodeo office, where rodeo committee Secretary Alice Cameron was fairly consumed with paperwork, and boldly announced, “I came for my check.”

Cameron, stopped tallying results, took a look at the tyke, smiled and said, “Maybe next year.” The little cowboy sighed, shook his head and went off to watch the final event.  It had been another great day in Ingomar.

“The Ingomar Rodeo is a nostalgic look into the way things used to be,” added Wally Badgett, “It seemed like folks didn’t rush off…everybody stayed for the steer roping, barbecue and dance.”

Don’t forget, the Ingomar Ranch Rodeo is coming up Labor Day weekend.  The event will be two days this year, with fifteen teams from Idaho, Wyoming and Montana taking part. See you there!

For more information, please contact
Linda Lou Crosby

Photos by Hart Broesel