So you think your job is rough? Try having your job description include staying as close as possible to charging bulls inside an enclosed arena while trying not to be hit or trampled. That would be the American Bull Fighting competition held at the 100th Greeley Stampede in Greeley, CO (July 02, 2022). My photo spread of the event is now published online. Cowboy mounted shooters were also on hand for a contest of their own. https://www.thefencepost.com/news/dodge-bull-at-the-100th-greeley-stampede/
I was happy my job description that day was taking photos!
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.
Bull riding, that is! The 10th annual Castle Rock Bull Riding & Bull Challenge took place with two performances in front of large crowds on Saturday February 12, 2022 in Castle Rock, CO. 100+ bull riders competed, along with 33 stock contractors bringing teams of 3 bulls each. Both the bull riders and the stock contractors were vying to earn a share of over $25,000 in prize money. My article and photos have been published online by The Fence Post magazine: https://www.thefencepost.com/news/a-decade-of-bull/
On the last weekend of the 2022 National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO, the cattle dogs showed their stuff. Watching top-notch working dogs in action is always a treat and this year was no different. My article and photos about the cattle dog competition are now online at The Fence Post’s website. Use the following link — https://www.thefencepost.com/news/dog-day-afternoon-2/ — or click on the photo to take you to the article.
Actually… it is both! Colorado Mead AND Colorado Honey.
My article with photography about Honnibrook Craft Meadery (in Castle Rock, CO) using premium Colorado honey from Lockhart Honey Farms for award winning success is now posted on The Fence Post magazine’s website.
I had the opportunity (and good fortune) to be able to talk with a couple of great Colorado guys who have started a Mini Bull contracting operation. Best friends Duncan Cornell and Cory Hazen are good family men and Christian guys who used to bull ride and now own Bijou Buckers Mini Bulls out of Simla, CO.
I was busy at the 125th Cheyenne Frontier Days in 2021. Although I could only attend for two days, I made the most of them, being able to put together stories about the CFD Museum, the chuckwagon cooking, and the championship round of rodeo.
The Fence Post magazine’s website has published more photography of mine from Cheyenne. Follow the link and take a look!
Good vittles! We all love good food, right? And authentic chuckwagon cooking is some of the best.
My article and photos about some of the chuckwagon participants at the 125th Cheyenne Frontier Days is published now on The Fence Post magazine’s website. Chuckwagon crews are great people, and great to talk with, as well.