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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 2016

2015 Ingomar Ranch Rodeo - Airborne

2015 Ingomar Ranch Rodeo – Airborne. Photo by Hart Broesel.

Ingomar Ranch Rodeo – Family Friendly Fun and Excitement


Hold on to your hats. The Ingomar Ranch Rodeo is taking shape with an even bigger event. Two days, Saturday September 3rd and Sunday September 4th, promise to be family friendly fun and excitement. Ranch Rodeo events start at noon each day, followed by kids events and a Big Loop Roping. “There are fifteen teams in this year’s Ranch Rodeo event,” said Nate Roskelly, who honchoes the ranch rodeo,“They are competing from Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. And we filled all fifteen slots in an hour.”

The rodeo is sanctioned by the N.I.L.E, the WSRRA (Western States Ranch Rodeo Association) and the Big Sky Ranch Rodeo finals, to be held in Forsyth. And winning teams will earn entrance into these major Ranch Rodeo competitions. As always, the seven member Ingomar Rodeo Club (of a town of 12) is busy getting the grounds and arena groomed, polish dogs and burgers ready for the grill, and ticket takers on call for rodeo fans at main entrances to town. The announcer is Andrew Johnson; $10 buys you a ticket for both days; kids eight or under are free.

Teams will have their hands full with top stock. Cattle are coming from Sun Coulee Ranch, Cremer livestock and the PV Ranch; while TJ Newman and John Benson are providing the broncs. “Spectators and the participants have a real good time at this event,” added Alice Cameron, Secretary of the Ingomar Rodeo Club, who is normally the busiest person there, with continually changing scores and event updates. There will be an event board right near the Crows nest for spectators to keep track of what team is leading during the goings on.

Lots of teams are returning from last year; including the winning team for the last two years the Reid Ranch from Idaho, Maxwell Butte Ranch of Kinsey, Montana, the Circle B Ranch out of Forsyth, Mt, Lazy J3 Quarter Horses from Melstone, Mt, Ceded Strip out of Big Horn, Mt, Green Mountain Ranch out of Grass Range, Mt and the Outlaws out of Rosebud, Mt. And as Roskelly always adds, “Anything can happen.” With Saturday’s team penning, team doctoring and team branding, and Sunday’s Team Wild Cow Milking, Team Trailer Loading and Bronc Riding, anything WILL happen.

Could also be during kids events with a calf scramble, dummy ropin and mutton bustin, but most likely during the Big Loop Roping, where cowpokes have to keep a loop of 18 feet in the air, and on it’s way to a steer without roping anything or anyone in between. Forty teams can enter Saturday. Out of that, ten teams will make it to Sunday competing for the final winnings.
Will the Reid Ranch win a Third Ingomar Ranch Rodeo Championship? That’s anybody’s guess. But what is for sure is that there will be one heckuva competition for top honors. See you there!

Please call Nate Roskelly, at 406-947-2221 for more information.

More photos by Hart Broesel from last year’s 2015 Ingomar Ranch Rodeo.

2015 Ingomar Ranch Rodeo Branding Time

Branding Time.

2015 Ingomar Ranch Rodeo Team roping RR2

Team Roping.