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Bigger & Better


Winning the Open Futurity and a $9,113 paycheck, trainer Cody Smith, Calgary, Alberta rode “My Stylish Ride” a three-year-old by Hydrive Cat and out of Stylish Good Girl by Docs Stylish Oak for owner and competitor, Connie Down-Cicoria, also of Calgary.

A boost in added money saw this year’s Big Sky Futurity and Aged Event held August 11-16 at the Majestic Valley Arena in Kalispell, MT reach a record payout to owners and riders.

Due in part to continued and increased sponsorships from Switchback Cutting Horses, Montana Ranch of Bigfork, and Crazy Mountain Cutting Horses, the show saw a  28% increase over 2013 figures,  with a total added purse of $49,000 for this year’s event.

Six days of aged event competition was kicked off by a well attended NCHA weekend show on August 9 and 10.


My Stylish Ride and Cody Smith Futurity Champion

Winning the Open Futurity and a $9,113 paycheck, trainer Cody Smith, Calgary, Alberta rode “My Stylish Ride” a three-year-old by Hydrive Cat and out of Stylish Good Girl by Docs Stylish Oak for owner and competitor, Connie Down-Cicoria, also of Calgary.

Originally purchased as a two-year-old from NCHA Hall of Fame Rider, Greg Smith, Star, ID, the mare was “solid from day one”, according to Connie.  “She’s a sweet mare and I am excited that this is our very first Futurity win at Big Sky, we’ve attended this event from the beginning, but this is our first three-year-old win”.


Mister One Time Jack owned and shown by Van Greenwell NonPro Futurity Champion – Randy Holman, Montana Ranch of Bigfork awards championship buckle to Van Greenwell, Kathy Greenwell, and Scott Martin.

The Non-Pro Futurity Championship title and $2,754 payoff  was earned by Van Greenwell, Paul, ID and “Mister One Time Jack” a gelded son of One Time Pepto and out of Mataguay by Freckles Playboy..

Van purchased the pretty roan gelding in April from Richard Jordan, Parma, ID.  “This horse could really stop and use himself, he’s just gotten better and better,” Van commented.


Cats Smart Ricochet ridden by Mike Giannini for owner Ronald Wheeler wins Open Derby Championship

Derby Open Championship was won by “Cats Smart Ricochet” ridden by Mike Giannini, Blackfoot ID for owner and breeder, Ron Wheeler, Quincy, IL.

The stallion son of Smooth As A Cat is out of Play Like A Ricochet x Smart Little Ricochet who was also shown by Giannini with much success.

With a $7,500 paycheck, the Big Sky Derby win puts the stallion over the $40,000 mark in earnings, adding to his list of titles that he accumulated his futurity year where he won Wyoming, Western States, and Utah Futurities.


Reys Your Freckles and Les Jack NonPro Derby Champions

The Non-Pro Derby Championship and $4,066 paycheck went north to Canada with Rocanville, Saskatchewan cutter Les Jack and his mare “Reys Your Freckles” by Dual Rey and out of Bet on Freckles x Bet on Me 498.

“We bought her mother at the Oxbow Dispersal and at the time, Lindy (Burch) advised us to breed her to Dual Rey – and I listened!”  Les commented.  “I did make the NCHA Non-Pro Futurity Finals on her, too, and placed fourth. She’s been a good little mare”.


Dual Reys Ms Bobbi and Josh Sleeman for owners Sarah and Judd Sherman 5/6 Open Classic Challenge Champions

Classic Challenge Open Title and $8,568 first-place payoff was won by “Dual Reys Ms Bobbi” shown by Josh Sleeman, Yelm, WA for owners Sarah and Judd Sherman, also of Yelm, WA.

Sarah had specifically wanted a filly by Dual Rey and researched and purchased the mare as a yearling at the Western Bloodstock Invitational Yearling Sale in Fort Worth in 2009.

Out of Smart Bobbi Sock x Bob Acre Doc, the mare now has NCHA earnings of  $28,339 and has been a finalist in Calgary, Utah, and Idaho aged events.


Catty Dual and Jann Parker 5/6 NonPro Classic Challenge Champions

Classic Challenge Non-Pro Championship title and $5,508 payoff was won by Jann Parker, Billings, MT aboard “Catty Dual” a five-year-old gelding by Wild Haired Cat and out of Maybellena Dual x Dual Pep.

“When we bought this gelding in June, he was bought for Bill to rope on.  I hauled him to a weekend show and it worked, so I entered him in Kalispell.  The roping is going to have to wait – he’s mine for awhile now”, Jann said.

Special events included a “draw party” hosted by One Time Pepto and Jeffrey and Shari Matthews, where the finals competitors drew their own positions for their respective finals.

Big Sky’s 2014 “Bridleless” Championship went to “High Brow Tuesday” and trainer Tom Campbell, Twin Bridges, MT for owner Helen Larsen, Powell, WY .  The stallion son of High Brow Cat is a full brother to Hydrive Cat with $39,000 in LTE.

Pro-Am title was won by “Sues So Smart” shown by Brian Anderson for owner Bambi Gress, Ennis, MT.

Entry breakdown includes Futurity Open 31;  Futurity Non Pro 4; Derby Open 32; Derby Non Pro 14; Classic Challenge Open 38; Classic Challenge Non Pro 26.

Earl Bascom Honored On National Cowboy Day


Earl Bascom pictured with his bronze “Old Time Bronc Rider”

The name of an old time Canadian cowboy has been placed into the national spotlight.

Out of the many great cowboys and cowgirls from across America, the cowboy artist and rodeo champion Earl Bascom was chosen to be honored as part of the National Day of the Cowboy celebration.

The National Day of the Cowboy has been celebrated for the past ten years throughout North America. The commemoration is held annually on the fourth Saturday of July in honor of the cowboy and the cowboy way of life – cowboy culture.

Earl Bascom posthumously received the prestigious 2014 Cowboy Keeper Award in honor of his international contributions in the promotion and preservation of the pioneer and cowboy culture.

Bascom was born on a ranch in Utah but raised on a ranch in Canada.  His father John W. Bascom, was a true character of the Old West being a frontier lawman and rancher who furnished rodeo stock for local stampedes.

Cowboying and rodeoing was a way of life for Earl Bascom and his brothers Raymond, Melvin and Weldon.  They rodeoed throughout the west.


Bascom rode saddle bronc at the 1932 Calgary Stampede

Earl Bascom competed in the three rough stock events of saddle bronc, bareback and bull riding. A rodeo pioneer often called the “Father of Modern Rodeo” and the “Father of Bareback Bronc Riding,” Earl Bascom is considered the world’s greatest inventor of rodeo equipment.

The rodeo equipment that Bascom designed and made includes the modern bareback rigging (1924), modern rodeo bronc saddle (1922) and the bucking chute (1919).  He and his brother Weldon produced a rodeo in Mississippi in 1935 which has been noted in rodeo history as the first night rodeo held outdoors under electric lights.

These rodeo innovations, all of which helped shape the sport of rodeo from its early beginnings, are still used today at rodeos around the world, almost 100 years later.

In 1933, Earl Bascom’s name was placed in the rodeo record books for setting a new world record time in the steer decorating event.

After graduating from the Brigham Young University with a degree in fine art, Bascom followed the example of his cousin Charles Russell and became an internationally known cowboy artist.  He spent the last years of his life recording his many cowboy experiences into works of art and bronze.

Bascom was declared by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Artists Association to be the first professional rodeo cowboy to become a professional cowboy artist and sculptor.


“Broncs Wait For No Man”

During his art career, Bascom was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts of London, England, being the first cowboy to ever be so honored since the society’s beginning in 1754.

Earl Bascom even threw his hat into the Hollywood arena as an actor in the western movie “The Lawless Rider” and other film media, riding horseback alongside of the famous cowboy actor Roy Rogers.

When it comes to cowboy culture there probably is not anyone more cowboy than Earl Bascom.

During his lifetime he was an open-range cowboy, a bronc buster, cowpuncher, rodeo cowboy, rodeo champion, rodeo world record holder, rancher, trail drover, horse trainer, stagecoach driver, blacksmith, saddle maker, spur maker, bit maker, rodeo equipment designer, rodeo producer, rodeo announcer, rodeo clown and bull fighter, trick rider, freighter, wild horse chaser, dude wrangler, Hollywood western movie actor, as well as a cowboy artist and sculptor.

He took part in cattle drives out of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and across the Texas plains, drove bands of horses through the Teton Mountains, over Milk River Ridge and along Kicking Horse Creek in Montana.

“Once when I was working on the 5H Ranch outside of Lethbridge, I helped in the gathering of horses off the Canadian prairie.  7,000 horses were gathered all in one bunch a mile wide.  You’ve never seen a prettier sight in all your life,” recalled Bascom

In 1994, on the Shahan Ranch near Uvalde, Texas, Earl and his son John took part in the historic longhorn cattle drive over the hills and through the streets Alamo Village where actor John Wayne once roamed, commemorating the 500 years of the American longhorn.


Earls father John, and his brothers.

Bascom personally knew and talked to pioneers and homesteaders, outlaws and lawmen, gunslingers and bootleggers, prospectors and gold miners, Mormon Battalion soldiers and Civil War soldiers, Indian Chiefs and Indian War fighters, muleskinners and pony express riders, squatters and sheepherders, cattle rustlers and horse thieves.

“The life of a cowboy, I know,” Bascom said of his life which stretched from 1906 to 1995.

It’s no wonder that Earl Bascom has been called the “Cowboy of Cowboy Artists.”

The National Day of the Cowboy is a celebration for the heritage of the cowboy, promoted by a non-profit organization that works to preserve North America’s cowboy and pioneer heritage.

Being honored on the National Day of the Cowboy is a befitting tribute to one of the great cowboys of Canada and North America – Earl W. Bascom.

Roller Coaster Ride For Rombough

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Lee Rombough knows plenty about nerves. But the nerves he’ll feel walking into Rexall Place in Edmonton in November will be much different then the ones he’s been dealing with during the 2014 Pro Rodeo Canada season.

“I still have some nerve issues with a lot of shooting pain going up my arm,” says Rombough of the lingering affects of a broken arm suffered during the Dawson Creek, BC, Stampede Spring Rodeo. “I try to mentally block it out. I only have to rope for ten seconds and then I’ll ice it on the drive to the next one.”

The Sexsmith, AB, cowboy has not only secured his spot at his first Canadian Finals Rodeo, he’s now taking aim at the season leader award after winning the Jasper Heritage Rodeo in Jasper, AB, this past weekend. It was his third win of the season with victories at Wrangler Canadian Pro Rodeo Tour stops in Morris, MB, and, ironically, at the Dawson Creek Stampede earlier this month.

“I’ve never been in Rexall Place. I always stayed at home and worked all winter. I’d like to go in a little higher so I can watch a few.”

With the $1,492 won in Jasper with an 8.0-second run and another $796 from the Pincher Creek, AB, Pro Rodeo, the 29 year-old Rombough has unofficially pulled within less than $2,000 of current season leader, Matt Shiozawa of Chubbuck, ID.

“I missed about 14 rodeos,” offers Rombough. “I sat at home and really thought about why I do this, why I love it. Stayed at home with my kids enjoying the family life but now I’m back on the road. My wife and family are really excited (about going to the CFR).”

There will be a full compliment of five non-Canadians in the tie-down roping event at this year’s CFR. But which five American ropers will make it, may not be decided until late next month. Randall Carlisle of Baton Rouge, LA took a big step towards being one of the group with a $2,742 weekend. The 27 year-old won the Cranbrook, BC, Pro Rodeo with a 7.9-second run and placed 2nd in Pincher Creek with a 7.8-second trip.

There’s another entrant in the Canadian All-Around championship race. Ky Marshall has joined the list after a 7.9-second tie-down roping run in Pincher Creek was good for a 3-4 split to pay $1,122. It was the 3rd roping cheque of the season for the Bowden, AB, cowboy, to go along with $22,674 in bareback earnings.

Barrel racer, Nancy Csabay was number one in the Canadian standings in early June. Now she’s trying to hang onto the final CFR spot. The Taber, AB, competitor kept those hopes alive by placing at three weekend rodeos. Her cheques totaled $1,898, which will unofficially move Csabay into the 13th in the CFR standings.

Scott Schiffner has helped his chances of adding to his record of 13 Canadian Finals’ appearances in the bullriding. The two-time Canadian champion won $1,800 from Cranbrook and Pincher Creek to increase his season earnings to just under 16-thousand dollars. That’s enough to unofficially move the Strathmore, AB, cowboy past the injured Ty Pozzobon into 11th in the new Canadian standings.

Other big winners from the weekend included steer wrestlers, Dustin Walker ($2,786) and Dallas Frank ($1,735); saddle bronc rider, Dustin Flundra ($2,124); barrel racer, Sydney Daines ($1,635); tie-down ropers, Morgan Grant ($1,572), Clint Arave ($1,665) and Dale Skocdopole ($1,103 TDR, $804 TR); bullrider, Billy West ($1,576) and bareback rider, Russ Hallaby ($1,725). Of the three weekend rodeos, only Pincher Creek featured novice and junior events. Lane Cust topped the novice saddle bronc riders with a 73 score for $496 and Buck Moen had the identical score in novice bareback for a $434 cheque. In steer riding, Norman King’s 77.5 earned first place money of $535.

Next up on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule is Lethbridge, Alberta’s Whoop Up Days August 21 – 23, 2014.

Calgary Stampede Invitational 4H Rodeo


Calgary –Enjoy two afternoons of free and unique rodeo action, featuring aspiring young cowboys and cowgirls, August 23 and 24 at the Agrium Western Event Centre. About 70 4-H members, aged nine to 20 years old, will compete in the Calgary Stampede’s annual Invitational 4-H Rodeo, held on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24. […]

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Peach Schnapps Summertime Dessert

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I wish I could take full credit for this fantastic dessert, which has become an instant classic in our household. But alas, I can’t as it my mom’s creation! This is pretty much an adult dessert, but presented in Mason jars, it’s an easy take-along for horse shows or rodeos. Ingredients: • Fresh peaches • […]

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Sticking To The Plan


Rodeo fans in Dawson Creek, BC, and La Crete, AB, can expect to see Britany Diaz compete in their hometowns in 2015. “I have not gone to any place that we have not won money at in the last few years,” says Diaz of her strategy mapped out before the start of the 2014 campaign. […]

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Jonathan Field Giveaway


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Last Month in Pics & Schleich Winner!


If you caught My Stable Life’s post last week – Schleich Giveaway – you’ll know I have been remiss in announcing the winner of a Schleich Quarter Horse and western tack accessory outfit. I’m also a few days late posting my last month in photos – so I thought I’d do both with today’s post! […]

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