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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.

Well CHUTE... Ingomar Open Rodeo 2018 Gets It Done!


Story By Linda Lou Crosby
PHOTOS: Hart Broesel
2018 Ingomar Open Rodeo video on Facebook: Chase Cameron, Linda Lou Crosby

Folks came to the 2018 Ingomar Open Rodeo to see a show, and they sure saw one. They came for great grub and they got it. And they came for a grand day of family fun and getting together, and that’s how it went. People from as far away as Minnesota were there to enjoy the show. There were a few calf escapees that spiced things up just before the rodeo began.

After all the broncs and the bulls were bucked, the ropers had thrown their loops, and the Buckaroo Bouncers had bounded across the arena to a cheering crowd, folks hung around to enjoy each other’s company, eat some barbecue and listen and dance to cowboy music under the stars.

Board members of the Community Foundation of Northern Rosebud County (CFNRC) attended the rodeo and President Darrell Grogan and Secretary Cheryl Schwartzkopf presented an official check for $2400 to Ingomar Rodeo Club President Howard Newman, and director Donald John Cameron, for the brand new, bright blue, Priefert roping chute. It worked like a charm during the event “I think we have had our other roping chute for 40 years,” added Johnna Newman, Ingomar Rodeo Club member. “And the old one has already been sold!”

As the CFRNC folks made their way back into the crowd to watch the events, many from the audience thanked them for the donation, adding that efforts like this really help small communities like Ingomar, boasting 15 residents – 7 are members of the Rodeo Club.

For the opening ceremony, Owen Badgett performed his new poem, “Fighters and Doers”, Morris Ware drove his team of Halflingers in a freight wagon built by Badgett, and sported the American and Montana flags, and the young Morgan Schiffer did a lovely rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

From the 2.8 sec. championship breakaway roping time posted by Jane Tlaggemeyer, to the final four winner of the Ranch Bronc ride Connor Dove, to the champion Team Ropers Jarran Rau and Will Roen, Kids and mixed pole benders, multiple 16 second range barrel racers – winner Crystal Taylor, to the top performing bulls that outwitted all their riders, the audience cheered great efforts and big winners alike. Former national bareback champion, ProRodeo Hall of Famer Deb Greenough was at his announcing best. Greenough also participated in the first ever Ingomar mixed Buckaroo Bounce event…where riders raced 50 ft across the arena towards the crowd on bouncing balls. Top winner of each of the four heats competed in the “Short Go” for $100 cash and a special trophy. “For $100 cash, I am in this event,” said Grenough. And although he made it to the final heat, he came in second to Jarran Rau. Grenough, who has been nursing a sore knee, sports a great sense of humor, “I think my knee got better. That bouncing loosened it up,” joked Deb.

“As always, without the wonderful sponsors the Ingomar Rodeo Club has, we could not do this, “ added Rodeo Club Secretary Alice Cameron, who was busy keeping tabs on entrants, winners and check writing in the bottom office of the crow’s nest. “Volunteers are a huge part of our success,” added Alice. This year’s volunteers (as always) did everything from timing the event, to taking tickets, to running the cook shack and the beer booth, to fixing fences.

Karen Coffee of Miles City, sent four cowboys over many evenings, after they had worked a full day, to help get the new chute installed and other parts of the arena ship shape.. A number of these guys also rode either Ranch broncs or bulls, or both during the rodeo. One of the group, Tristan Morgan commented, “This is the first time I worked on the arena that I will be riding bulls in.” This time the bulls won, but next time they better watch out…..A total crowd pleaser was Cassadra Omhr, who was the only woman to enter the Ranch Bronc riding event. She got bucked off, but won the crowd’s admiration and cheers for her effort.

“We had a big crowd,” remarked Alice, “and the best sponsorship ever. The weather was rodeo perfect.” As the banners came down, the Ingomar Rodeo Club began to set their sights on Labor Day weekend, for the 2-day Ingomar Ranch Rodeo. Day one, Sept 1st, ladies and kids; Day two, the Open event to win some good money, and the opportunity to compete in the NILE, and the Eastern Montana Ranch Rodeo Finals. Entries open Saturday August 4th, 8AM. Call Alice Cameron at 406-358-2255 to enter. More news coming on the Ingomar Rodeo Club Facebook page, along with some great photos from the Ingomar Open Rodeo. See you at the Ingomar Ranch Rodeo Sept 1st and Sept 2nd!!