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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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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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bull riding

I met a cowboy who invited me to watch him bull ride. These men compete not against each other, but against the bulls who are champions in their own right. Angry bulls who sometimes take their revenge. These proud and … Continue reading

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