Friday, August 16, 2013

The Kolden Report: Wild Horse Stampede! Wolf Point, MT July 2013

Hello, kids!

Nancy and Elizabeth, of River Valley Traders in the Fort Peck Hotel, have chosen to call it quits.  If you haven't stopped in to shop, best go  in the next few weeks or you'll never have the chance.    If you are interested in owning their store, you can contact them at rivervalleytraders@ymail.com.  Thanks to both of them for their efforts these past few years.   You will be missed!

Wolf Point hosts the "Grandaddy of rodeo", The Wild Horse Stampede, each July.  This year was no exception and here are highlights from the event.  Enjoy!

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EGADS!  (Think these fellows are in good shape?  Yep....)

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Cooter?  Is that you?  (But seriously.....riding these broncs takes skill and strength, both of which this cowboy certainly has).

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Pickin' up.  Notice how easy he makes it look to grab a cowboy from the back of a bucking bronc while galloping down the arena? ( I love the flowy chap fringe and horse's mane.)  


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Clay Nagle dives off a perfectly good horse to grab a running steer.  

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Flip.  

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Twist.







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Again, from the top.

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Diving off....

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The MISS!  (Poor fellow, looks like his shoulder took the brunt of the fall but I'm told he was not injured!  Lucky.)


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Cowboy "ejection".

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And he lands ON HIS FEET!  


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I'd yell too if a bronc was going over backward in the chute with me!

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This bronc kept rearing in the chute...this poor cowboy nearly got munched a number of times...

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FINALLY.

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Four in the air.  (NOW he gets a chance to ride!)

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How it's DONE.

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Unison.

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Tango for three.

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When cowboys comes to town.



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Why you should NEVER mess with a rodeo clown.

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Percheron Thunder!  This man is something else.  He rides two horses at once - STANDING- and none of them have any gear but a headstall.  Can you say "WELL TRAINED?"  This act was worth the price of admission many times over.  

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Wild Horse racers, working hard for the money.
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Cowboy chaos.

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In memory of Vicki Kolden Rhoads.  
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