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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 Rodeo July 25 2015

Ingomar Rodeo – eastern Montana town of eleven – puts on a Classy Rodeo

Please contact llneon90@gmail.com, 406-358-2289 for more info

Bronc rider at the Ingomar rodeo

Bronc rider at the Ingomar rodeo

In the little town if Ingomar, Montana, big things were happening. It was time for the 24th open rodeo. And the town of eleven had once again raised the bar.

Besides four new chutes installed three years ago, besides a newly built crows nest built last year, and a brand new rodeo office built this year; six NFR qualifiers, two PRCA former bronc riders and four bonafide western desert wild horse catchers were present; serving as judges, announcing, volunteering as help and even participating in the events.

The six NFR qualifiers included: Wally Badgett of Miles City, Deb Greenough (former world champion bareback bronc rider) of Fromberg, Ike Sanke of Joliet, Colin Murnion of Jordan, and Brad Germanson (former world champion saddle bronc rider) from Marshall, ND. Ike and Brad also took part in the Single Steer Roping event in the afternoon.

Serving as judges were Tom Nunn and Todd Nunn, of Shepherd, Montana and Lovell, Wyoming respectively. Both Nunns were PRCA Bronc Riders.  At one point Todd was seventeenth in the world, and Tom now has a saddle shop in Shepherd. They were also bonafide wild horse catchers in the deserts of California, along with Ingomar’s cowboy poet Owen Badgett (assisting with stock for the event) and Vic McDermott of Lovell, Wyoming.

Deb Grenough Deb Greenough, rodeo announcer, former world champion bareback bronc riderDeb Grenough, Rodeo Announcer

There were over 100 entries in the rodeo. It was the fourth year that Grenough has been the announcer. The Ingomar rodeo committee of seven is honchoed by Donald Cameron and Howard Newman – the Newman name is big one in eastern Montana for saddle bronc stock and raising cattle. TJ Newman stock was provided for bronc events, while event cattle were provided by Paul Eiker of Glendive, and the Sankeys from Bridger Montana.

“Basically the town comes out and helps during rodeo time”, said Alice Cameron, secretary of the rodeo club. You couldn’t get into the rodeo until you went by longtime Ingomar resident Patty Erikson, with her grandson, taking gate money on the North road, and two of her granddaughters helping out with the gate at the South road to town. Not to mention rodeo committee members rancher Wally Newman and Morris Ware (an expert teamster who was busy giving rides to Friday guests), who performed chute duties, along with parent volunteers rounding out rodeo help.

Donald Cameron, has had a vision of building the Ingomar Rodeo into something special for quite awhile, “ It was a great day, with some tough bronc rides, and bull rides, team ropers, steer wrestlers, kids and adults racing barrels, you name it. The volunteers make all this happen. The participants bring it to life. And wait until next year, it’ll even be better.” Don could also be seen driving a 4-wheeler and dragging a harrow, smoothing out the arena between each event.

“It’s a phenomenon,” said Deb Greenough, who carried a pro rodeo card for 15 years, “I think it’s the only rodeo where the rodeo grounds are actually surrounded by cattle fence.” Greenough was referring to the fact that cattle are run in the various pastures that surround the town. And any way in crosses a cattle guard. Greenough comes to Ingomar because, “I grew up with rodeo, and I just enjoyed it so much. My kids like to go. And this is a rodeo for family’s, with some darn tough events.”

Rodeo day was followed by a deep pig roast sponsored by the Jersey Lilly Saloon and Eatery, followed by a street dance.

Prize money increased to $300 per event this year, with approximately 300 attending the event.  “If ever there was a town where ‘Lonesome Dove’ still lives, it’s Ingomar,” said Todd Nunn.  “And don’t forget the upcoming Ingomar Ranch rodeo, Sept. 5th and 6th” added Donald Cameron. “It is a great event honchoed by local cowman Nate Roskelly, with ten ranches participating.” Call 406-947-2221 for more info.

Photos – by professional photographer Hart Broesel – include Ingomar resident Patty Erikson taking tickets at the North gate; rodeo judges Tom Nunn and Todd Nunn  (L to R) former PRCA bronc riders, between events at the rodeo;Alice Cameron taking entries; Rodeo honcho Donald John Cameron smoothing arena between event; Deb Greenough, rodeo announcer, former world champion bareback bronc rider; bull rider; and bronc rider.

Patty Erikson at Ingomar Rodeo North Gate Tom and Todd Nunn Alice Cameron taking entry at Ingomar Rodeo Donald John Cameron smoothing Ingomar Rodeo arena Bull-ride Ingomar MontanaBronc ride 2 Ingomar Montana