Author Archives: theflayedhorse

it’s a goat rope

Its Saturday afternoon and we’re at the women’s rodeo where ladies are competing against passive goats instead of bucking bulls. We watch them goat tying, and as ever there are a list of exacting rules. It is a test of … Continue reading

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Bees, bees, a whole truckload of bees…

Driving along I-15 in Utah yesterday I came across a crashed truck and 25 million escaped bees. The bees were being driven from South Dakota to California to pollinate almond trees. Since 1940 the number of managed bee colonies in … Continue reading

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Roy Rogers and Trigger

Last night as I was leaving the rodeo, the cowboy raised his hat and called out after me ‘Happy Trails’… the catchphrase of Roy Rogers. Throughout the 1940s and 50s Roy Rogers presented a highly romanticised ideal of the West … Continue reading

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Dale Evans and the coyote

On a cold day in downtown Billings I am browsing in a thrift store and uncover this book, first published in 1956. A western morality tale where Dale Evans, wife of Roy Rogers and Queen of the West, teaches little … Continue reading

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the wolf

Its late in the day and I am standing on a deserted stretch of Route 89 filming an abandoned house. Wandering away from the camera, I see a grey wolf limping around the side of the building. I hold my … Continue reading

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the bunny derby

After the serious business of judging was over, the fun began. As light relief from trying to reach perfection, the bunnies raced each other in heats of two, aided by the delicate breath and eager hands of their owners. And … Continue reading

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the standard of perfection

The cowboy called to invite me to the fairground where his sister was competing in the Fur and Feathers Show. Inside the barn an excited crowd had gathered clutching their pet rabbits. The rules of the American Rabbit Breeders Association … Continue reading

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