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TRAVIS NYE, ROPING CHAMPION
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

FROM ACROSS THE POND
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
Germany
[Ed.: Read the full story about the afternoon tea here]

MUSINGS FROM THE PRAIRIE
“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.

Tale of Two Rodeos - Big Summer in Ingomar Montana

Rodeo participants waiting for instructionsThere was buckin’ and ridin’ and ropin’ and plenty of buckaroos to handle it at the annual Ingomar Rodeo in Ingomar, Montana this July. In fact, there were two rodeos in Ingomar this summer, the annual event and a new one; a bonafide, certified, sanctioned by the Western States Ranch Rodeo Association, Ingomar Ranch Rodeo. Ten teams vied for a winning spot, so they would be qualified to enter the NILE Ranch Rodeo in Billings, Montana, October 15th and the Winnemucca Ranch Hand Rodeo in Nevada this coming February.

The big loop
Folks came from near and far to participate in both events. In fact, two teams in the Ranch Rodeo came all the way from Idaho to take part. The weather was perfect. And, as always, the bucking stock was top notch. Bucking horses were provided by stock contractor T.J. Newman, of Newman Rodeo, for both events. Kramer Livestock, Galt Ranch provided livestock.

Alice Cameron at the rodeo groundsWorking on the new crow's nest for the rodeo

Besides saddle bronc riders, there was bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, you name it. The Saturday night Ranch Rodeo event was called the “Big Loop”. Team ropers had to use loops that were at least 18 feet in diameter to head and heel their steer. There was also an event called wild cow milking, which was quite a challenge. And participants enjoyed the Rodeo Committee’s four new bucking chutes (added last year) and a just-built crows nest for the announcer at the arena.

Adios Buddy
“It was an awesome event,” said Nate Roskelley, an eastern Montana cowboy, last year member of a winning Ranch Rodeo team and this year’s coordinator of the Ingomar Ranch Rodeo event. “There’s a lot of history in Ingomar. It’s a cowboy town, surrounded by big ranches. Besides having fun, we wanted to relight that spark that has always made Ingomar special.” The group is already making plans to return next year. “We are making this an annual event,” added Nate. The Reid Ranch of Idaho was the overall winner, and they plan to return next year.

Over 600 people saw either one or both of the rodeos. The stands were packed. The snack bar sold every single burger and hot dog, and the historic Jersey Lilly was filled to the brim. The rodeos were put on by a dedicated rodeo committee of eleven. “That’s about the whole town,” added a visitor. Don’t miss it next year…last weekend in July for the Ingomar Rodeo, and Labor Day weekend for the Ingomar Ranch Rodeo. Photos from the events are featured in this year’s “Bred to Buck and Buckaroos” 2015 calendar. It goes on sale at the Jersey Lilly in Ingomar and online at campiou.com this October 24th. Photos in the calendar were taken by Hart Broesel.