Naw, they don't go to real rodeos like Ellensburg. What you did see FH was several of my distant cousins. I couldn't identify any of them because I have never met them or even know all the related names. Two of my great uncles left Texas in the late 1800s, one settled in Arizona, and the other in Washington. They were both big-time ranchers and part of the bunch that started the rodeos in those areas. They each had about 15 children, mostly girls. Several cousins in regional rodeo Halls of Fame. Somehow none of my family history or my own, made me anything other than a small-time cattle raiser and now a former one with a worn-out body living on the outskirts of town.Today is the final performance at Ellensburg.
I think I saw Cody-n-Nancy in the stands.
Well, Rufus is a biblical name and great for a dog, but I prefer to use the only real biblical dog name and that was Lazarus's dog Moreover. It is in the Bible, the book of Luke I think, "Moreover the dog licked his sores."There are some interesting stories I have heard second hand about Mike Beers learning to rope. I do know that his dad owned a truck stop at Biggs and did very well. He built an indoor arena up above Rufus for Mike to learn to rope at. A good string of horses, plenty of steers, and hired a guy who was a rodeo bum but a real good roper to head for and teach Mike. Practice practice practice. Being mounted and run a couple hundred head a day will make a young man into a roper.
Our older dog is named Rufus. Named after that town along the Columbia. Good name for a dog and it is Biblical. There is some minor character in the Bible named Rufus. I don't remember where I saw it but it is in there.
I would call him Mo. If you shorten Rufus to Ruf, then your dog can say its name ... "ruff ruff."Moreover, here Moreover....... come Moreover I think Rufus is a better dog name.
In the very early 70's I went to a bareback bronc riding school in Madras. There was a young kid there whose name I think was Mike Beers. If I ever run into Mike I am going to have to ask him if that was him. If it was he made the right decision to pick up a rope.
I do call the dog Ruf most of the time. Except when I call her Rufus the Dufus.I would call him Mo. If you shorten Rufus to Ruf, then your dog can say its name ... "ruff ruff."
hands-on contact with the animal, like bulldoggers, bronc and bull riders, or even mutton busters.
There is also the classic. Do you know the difference between a large pizza and a team roper?MC said "I have always found rodeo team roper guys the most arrogant of all the rodeo performers."
I think you are onto something there. I announced team ropings for years, even USTRC ones/finals.
I have a joke I like to tell. St. Peter was at the pearly gates letting people in...or not. Guy goes up and St. Peter asks him what his IQ is. Guy says "120". St. Peter says "you must be a doctor. Welcome to Heaven." Next guy up, St. Peter asks him his IQ. Guy says "110." St Peter says, "you must be a lawyer. Welcome heaven." Third guy up, St Peter asks, "what's your IQ?" Guy says "70." St. Peter says "do you head or heel?"
Of course there is the proverbial joke, "what do you call a basement full of team ropers?"
Answer: A whine cellar.
And then "How many team ropers does it take to change a light bulb?"
Answer: "they won't change it. They will just sit in the dark and whine."
We have friends who are team ropers and friends who are bronc riders. Guess which ones are the most fun to be around...
Hope you enjoyed the jokes.