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“Bred to Buck & Buckaroos” 2021 Calendar AVAILABLE NOW, featuring Ingomar Rodeo (Open and Ranch) photos….
Proceeds go to the Ingomar Rodeo Club…
Get one at Melstone Mercantile, or message us on Facebook.
Calendar $15.00
Photos by Hart Broesel

Fishing Book available now!

Purchase “Two Gals in Search of a Great Catch” by Linda Lou Crosby and Laura Dobbins on Amazon or at fishinlines.com.
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Our Readers Write

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 Open Rodeo – Wow!

Story: Linda Lou Crosby, llneon90@gmail.com
Photos: Pam Benson, Linda Lou Crosby
From the time the first kid rounded a barrel to the final bull ride, the 2019 Ingomar Open Rodeo on Saturday July 27, was a wild and wonderful experience.  It was good old family fun – and mighty good times. Grace Poehler came all the way from Morehead, Minnesota for her first time in Ingomar, and first time ever at a rodeo. “I have never been to a rodeo in my life,” said Poehler, “And this was great! I live 30 minutes from a town that holds a rodeo every year, and I am definitely going to the next one when I go home.”  After Poehler had seen bronc riders, bull riders and the rough stock flaunting their best, she added, “And I am definitely not cut out to actually do this!”

“It was great seeing all the families, old friends and new folks in the crowd here,” added Ingomar Rodeo Club Director Donald John Cameron. “The participants, our announcer Deb Greenough, our many volunteers and sponsors – well, without them we just wouldn’t have a rodeo.” And what a rodeo was had.

Bareback entry Austin Quinlan, the first bronc rider of the day, bucked out of the chute accompanied by a huge burst of pink powder, which he said signified what his cousin’s new baby would be – a girl (a boy would have been blue). Quinlan then proceeded to deliver an inspired “buckaroo ballet” for the crowd. 

“We had record entries for the last 20 years,” added Rodeo Club secretary Alice Cameron. “ There were over 20 bronc riders (Saddle bronc, ranch rodeo bronc, bareback bronc), 15 Bull Riders (Combined open and kids), 18 Lady Barrel Racers, 55 Team Roping teams (Combined open and mixed), and of course Ladies Breakaway ropers and pole benders, calf ropers, and then of course the Buckaroo Bounce.”  The Buckaroo Bounce is an Ingomar special event that has bouncers (of all ages) grab colorful balls and bounce their way from the crows’ nest to the finish line in front of the crowd. There were three heats of 6 bouncers, and Turk Greenough won the final go round. Being the gentleman he is, he shared the $100 prize money with the other two young girls that competed in the final round.

Ingomar Rodeo Club members (7 at last count) do it all, from set up to clean up. Rodeo Club president Howard Newman and his wife Johnna Newman introduced His and Hers outhouses a couple years ago….and as you might imagine, they need to be emptied…. Nuff said….although, at times, Johnna (who runs the beer booth and honchoed gathering sponsor banners around the arena) has offered a few choice words.

The cook shack fed folks all day with terrific burgers and Polish hot dogs, and the Jersey Lilly offered their famous barbecue and a street dance to complete the day.

As dawn broke on Sunday morning, many outfits, and people in their bedrolls woke to the smells of Alice Cameron, Emily Olson (cook shack honcho) and Kim Erikson cooking breakfast for hungry overnighters. You can find out who won each event on our Ingomar Rodeo Club Facebook page.

“There were so many great events,” added Ingomar resident Hart Broesel, “The rodeo just delivered every minute.”  And the next event the rodeo club is delivering is the “anything can happen and it usually does” Ingomar Ranch Rodeo on Labor Day weekend…events will be Ladies and Kids teams on Saturday, and Open teams Sunday – the winning open team gains entry into the Eastern Montana Ranch Rodeo Finals in September and the Nile in October. “It’s always a hoot,” added Broesel. Don’t miss it!  Follow us on Facebook.