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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 Ranch Rodeo 2015

Ingomar Ranch Rodeo rain slicker
When the steers were all corralled, the last bronc ridden, and the dust had settled, it was the Reid Ranch from Boise Idaho in first place at the Labor Day Second Annual Ingomar Ranch Rodeo. They won last year’s event, too. It had been an amazing weekend. Ten teams from Idaho, Wyoming and various parts of Montana converged to compete and see who would qualify to go on to the Northern International Livestock Expo, the NILE, in Billings in October, and the Western States Ranch Rodeo Association (WSRRA) National Finals in Winnemucca, Nevada, October 29 through November. The Ingomar Rodeo Club of 7 (in a town of 14) along with event organizer Nate Roskelley had pulled off another successful competition.

“It was darn close,” said Roskelley, “The Reid Ranch bested the Circle B Ranch, Bighorn MT, by only half a point.” From the first cow milking to the final bronc ride, things moved like clockwork and got action-packed. The plan was to have two teams going after two cows in the milking event, at the same time. The two teams of four, and two cows got busy at the same end of the arena. While each team’s job was roping their cow and then milking it, the crowd’s job was figuring out who was doing what. And creative comments by veteran announcer Jack Blankenship added to the excitement. Rebecca Roskelley, Nate’s wife, could have used a skateboard to get to all her various jobs. She worked everything from the gate, to the awards, to whatever. She even met a family from New York. They were driving by Ingomar, saw some action and decided to stay. “They told me they were having a great time,” said Rebecca.

Ranch rodeos take place across the country, and are increasing in popularity.  “I think it gives the crowd an insight into ranch life, into the cowboy way of life, with a lot of family fun attached,” said Cheryl Heser, who had come with husband Doug from Forsyth to enjoy the day. The main events all took place on Sunday, Sept. 5th, with a special event Saturday night.

Nate had told everyone to, “Expect the unexpected.” And that was no lie. Saturday night had offered a Big Loop roping. As participants were getting their ropes measured by Nate and Rebecca – they had to be 18ft – clouds were gathering. And the wind began to blow. Rodeo Club co-chairman Howard Newman, who was marking start lines with flour, looked like he might have gotten as much on him as the ground. It wasn’t long before buckets of rain fell, and kept coming. The loudspeaker system was carefully stored in case of rain, so Ingomar Rodeo secretary and scorekeeper Alice Cameron (who thankfully has a pretty loud voice) was shouting from the crows’ nest down to Nate in the arena to see who was up next. Nate would shout back up at Alice. “I couldn’t hear a darn thing,” said Alice, “ with that rain pouring on the tin roof.” No way a little rain was going to stop these folks.  They got it done. Then participants hunkered down for the night. The Reid Ranch bunked at the Ingomar community center out of the weather. That may have given them the edge they neededSunday to win.

From cow milking, to doctoring to trailering to branding to bronc riding, Ranch teams brought their best to the rodeo. At the end of the day, awards were presented at the historic Jersey Lilly Bar and Café. Silver horn caps to the winning team, and saddle blankets for second place. For Nate, it was the realization of a dream come true. “I appreciate all the ranches coming out, the crowd that cheered them on, and the hard work by the Ingomar Rodeo Club.” What’s next?  Roskelley is thinking next year could be two full days….20 teams. Like he said, “Expect the unexpected.” Labor Day 2016, be there!

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A very young cowboy learning the ropes

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