Happy Father’s Day!

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Inspired by an upcoming Father’s Day back in 2004, I wrote a cowboy poem to honor the impact and importance of dads in the lives of their children. It is titled, “I Knew Him” and was published back in 2004 in a magazine and on a cowboy poetry website. I wanted to share it again for Father’s Day, this year.

Empty saddle image by Lincoln Rogers, 2022. To honor and remember all the dads who are not with us today. I was blessed to be your son, Dad.

I Knew Him

By Lincoln Rogers – May, 2004

I wish I could tell ya I always was good,

Seldom in trouble and did what I should.

But that would be lyin’ as far as I know,

Like a claim of a win when I really got show.

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I remember a Cowboy who took me under his wing,

He spoke on many a topic of what life would bring.

His voice deep and rough always told what was true,

It was like bein’ in church amid the dawn and the dew.

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He imparted sage lessons about cow and horse,

And taught me of God to keep me on course.

He talked some of family, of kin and of pride,

While we sorted out cattle and rode side by side.

On the subject of women, he’d grow quiet and smile,

Said whatever men knew mostly missed by a mile.

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Though the brim of his hat gave him shade from the skies,

I saw his tan, creviced skin showing age ‘round his eyes.

Soon I noticed him hunching against the cold of the weather,

And the strength started fading from hands of hard leather.

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The day he stopped riding was the week he went Home,

But he’ll always be with me wherever I roam.

I’ll never forget him, of every memory I’m glad,

You may not know him… but I called him Dad.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. May you be the man God called you to be, using the strength He provides on a daily basis.

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

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A Conversation with 2022 Miss Rodeo Colorado

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With a degree from Colorado State University’s equine sciences program and working for the American Quarter Quarter Horse Association in her rearview mirror, along with a goal of obtaining a master’s degree on the road ahead of her, 25-year-old Ashley Baller is an accomplished, bilingual, first generation cowgirl from Parker, Colo., who earned the honor of wearing the iconic turquoise Miss Rodeo Colorado crown and representing the state of Colorado for the year 2022. I had the pleasure of talking with her about becoming and being 2022’s Miss Rodeo Colorado during a break in action at the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo. The Q&A with photos has been published on The Fence Post magazine’s website and will be in the upcoming print edition (Monday June 20). Click the link or the image to go to the article. https://www.thefencepost.com/news/a-conversation-with-2022-miss-rodeo-colorado-ashley-baller/

Galloping the arena of the Denver Coliseum during the championship round of rodeo at the 2022 National Western Stock Show in January was an honor for new 2022 Miss Rodeo Colorado Ashley Baller.
“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

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100 Years of the Greeley Stampede!

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The Greeley Stampede Rodeo is celebrating its 100 Year milestone in 2022. Originally billed as the Greeley Spud Rodeo in 1922 to honor the area’s potato farmers, the Greeley, CO event has been a long-running staple of the region. I spoke with Justin Watada, the Greeley Stampede’s General Manager, by phone about their upcoming 100th (running June 23-July 4, 2022) and the Q&A with historical photos from the early years, along with a number of my photos spanning 2005-2021, has already been published on The Fence Post magazine’s website and will be in this coming Monday’s print edition. Click the link or the image to get to the Q&A on The Fence Post’s website! https://www.thefencepost.com/news/gearing-up-for-100th-greeley/

Cowboy history and tradition are always honored at the Greeley Stampede and the Longhorn cattle are regular sights inside and outside the rodeo arena. In this photo, the Longhorns create a western spectacle for the fans before the start of the 2013 championship round of rodeo on July 4th.
“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

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Remembering Baxter Black

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Among the ranching, western and agricultural communities, Baxter Black’s columns and humor throughout the last 40+ years have been required reading. He put into plain words, with generous portions of humor, what was often thought to be difficult to communicate to those outside the agricultural community. As a large animal veterinarian, his credentials were always impeccable. And his columns and later books only upped the ante. Baxter Black passed away at the age of 77 in Benson, Ariz., on June 10, 2022. He will be greatly missed.

Black penned over 30 books and his syndicated column appeared in more than 100 publications across the country. He was a Christian and that faith and worldview infused all of his works.

Rachel Gabel over at The Fence Post magazine just put out a nice article about him and I wanted to share the link.

https://www.thefencepost.com/news/i-know-youll-miss-this-man-baxter-black-passes-away-at-77/

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

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Story & Photos From the 2022 Elizabeth Stampede

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My latest article with accompanying photography has just been published. It is about the award winning and record breaking 2022 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo celebrating their 35th year as a professional PRCA rodeo. The story and photos are separate from the big photo spread that has also been published! Click on the link or the image to go to the story and photos.

https://www.thefencepost.com/news/35n-and-thrivin/

Multiple WPRA world champion barrel racer Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi competing in the 2022 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo on Sunday June 05, 2022
“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

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20 Photos of Record Breaking Rodeo

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I had a photo spread of mine published on The Fence Post magazine’s website. It will also be in this coming week’s print edition. TWENTY photos from the 2022 record breaking and award winning Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo! Click on the link or the image to go to the published photo spread!

https://www.thefencepost.com/news/2022-elizabeth-stampede-rodeo-breaks-records-with-huge-community-support/

The Friday night Extreme Bulls competition at the Elizabeth Stampede sells out well in advance every year, because the fans are always treated to well-known bull riders and athletic beasts with bad attitudes.
“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

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Queens Aren’t Just in England…

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Some of the most popular people at a rodeo are the rodeo queens. They work hard inside and outside the arenas throughout every rodeo and they do a great job of being ambassadors of the sport to younger generations, as well as adults who aren’t familiar with rodeo and the western/agricultural way of life. I had the opportunity to have a conversation with 2022 Miss Rodeo Colorado Ashley Baller during a break between the Saturday afternoon and Saturday night rodeos at the 2022 Elizabeth Stampede in Elizabeth, CO. I will be turning it into a Q&A that will be published soon in The Fence Post magazine, but wanted to give a shout out to all the rodeo queens that will be working hard during the busy summer rodeo season.

2022 Miss Rodeo Colorado, Ashley Baller, carried the Colorado state flag in front of a sell-out crowd before the start of Sunday afternoon’s Red, White and Blue Rodeo at the 2022 Elizabeth Stampede (June 05).
“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

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A 41-Year-Old Bull Rider? What???

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41-year-old Ardie Maier of South Dakota arrived at the 2022 Elizabeth Stampede and promptly earned second place overall with an electric 82-point ride aboard a Summit Pro Rodeo Company bull named Jam Session during Sunday afternoon’s “Red, White and Blue Rodeo” in Elizabeth, CO.

41-year-old bull rider Ardie Maier of South Dakota got the Sunday crowd cheering as he notched a successful 82-point score aboard Jam Session to briefly take the lead in the standings during the 2022 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo. Maier was the runner-up in the PRCA bull riding at the Elizabeth, CO rodeo and earned $1,716.00 for his 8-second ride.

That’s right. You read it correctly. 41 years old and still riding bulls. And doing it successfully! John Wayne famously said “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway,” but there is no way. I can’t even imagine getting on a bull after the age of 40. But he could. Chase your dreams, people!!!

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

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I Can’t Help But Love It

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The Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo designates its Sunday afternoon performance as the “Red, White and Blue Rodeo” and it is a “Stars and Stripes” affair to honor local service men and women both past and present. They really do a nice job of showing honor and respect for those who have served in the military, as well as honoring the patriotic symbols that harken back to the founding principles of our country. They rocked the singing of the National Anthem by bringing out this Bald Eagle and holding it aloft while it flapped its wings during the closing lines of the anthem. It was an inspiring sight and environment and I loved capturing it with my camera.

A sold out Sunday afternoon crowd at the 2022 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo were
treated to the sight of our nation’s National Bird, the Bald Eagle, held aloft near
the end of the singing of the National Anthem before the start of action inside
the arena. The third and last PRCA rodeo performance on Sunday afternoon
is the Stampede’s Red, White & Blue Rodeo.

How cool is that?

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

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Wow! What a Great Time!

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Great rodeo to cover for publication! Fast horses, big action and awesome weather this past weekend in Elizabeth, CO. I am neck deep in working on photos and interviews, but will post items from the recent 2022 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo when I get a chance. Here is one image I have ready. Experienced Colorado barrel racer Kelly Yates won the barrel racing title in 2022.

Veteran Colorado barrel racer Kelly Yates powered around the first barrel and showed the sold-out Sunday afternoon crowd how it was done as she absolutely blazed through the pattern in a time of 16.08 seconds on her way to picking up the 2022 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo’s barrel racing title. The Elizabeth Stampede regularly has NFR competitors and former WPRA world champions show up to compete in the award winning rodeo, so a win in Elizabeth comes against stiff competition.
“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32

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