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Bulldogging Baby

Baby Doll Combs (record). Ball O’Flash (record).

Baby Doll Combs, owned by steer wrestler and Rodeo Champion Willard Combs is thought to be the best Steer Wrestling horse, or “bulldogger” that ever rode the circuit.  During her seven peak years of rodeo competition from 1953 to when she died in 1960 she earned over $400,000 in prize money, which in today’s dollars would amount to around $2,965,000. In 1957 Willard Combs won the Championship Steer Wrestling title on Baby Doll, and that year, the cowboys who took second, third, fourth and fifth in the standings were also riding Baby Doll.  Famous Rodeo Cowboy, Bill Linderman said that Baby Doll knew bulldogging better than some of the cowboys who were riding her.  When she died at a Kansas Rodeo in 1960 from a ruptured spleen, Willard Combs had her shipped back to his ranch in Oklahoma to be buried.  Standing at the graveside, when she was laid to rest were many of the cowboys who had ridden her.   Baby Doll was inducted into the PRCA Hall of Fame in 1979 with their very first class of inductees and is remembered as one of the greatest Rodeo horses of all times.


Bulldogging Baby

western wearBaby Doll Combs, owned by steer wrestler and Rodeo Champion Willard Combs is thought to be the best Steer Wrestling horse, or “bulldogger” that ever rode the circuit.  During her seven peak years of rodeo competition from 1953 to when she died in 1960 she earned over $400,000 in prize money, which in today’s dollars would amount to around $2,965,000. In 1957 Willard Combs won the Championship Steer Wrestling title on Baby Doll, and that year, the cowboys who took second, third, fourth and fifth in the standings were also riding Baby Doll.  Famous Rodeo Cowboy, Bill Linderman said that Baby Doll knew bulldogging better than some of the cowboys who were riding her.  When she died at a Kansas Rodeo in 1960 from a ruptured spleen, Willard Combs had her shipped back to his ranch in Oklahoma to be buried.  Standing at the graveside, when she was laid to rest were many of the cowboys who had ridden her.   Baby Doll was inducted into the PRCAHall of Fame in 1979 with their very first class of inductees and is remembered as one of the greatest Rodeo horses of all times.


Come the White Horse

horse rescueSay the word thunder and an image of skies flashing and clouds crashing come to mind, but around here, in Bronco Country, say the word Thunder and an eleven year old white Arabian, and the mascot for the Denver Broncos comes into view.  It is only natural that Denver would name their team the Broncos, which refers to “bronco busting,” which is when a cowboy deliberately seats himself on the back of horse that does not in any way want him there.  The goal is to stay on the horse for eight seconds, not a long time, unless you’re being tossed in the air by a twelve hundred pound animal that is literally frantic to land you in the next county.  This image works both for Colorado and the Broncos because we are all about taking chances, thundering hooves, muscled chests and flaring nostrils, and when we think of Thunder we think of the white, sleek Arabian that races out of the portal on a Sunday afternoon to the roaring crowds of Sports Authority Field.  Thunder represents that undying belief that lives in the heart of every Bronco fan, that regardless of last week’s outcome, we are winners and we will again be on top, because that is what we do in Colorado.  We change the plan, get creative, believe like a bunch of kids, plant both feet firmly on the ground, work it like we mean it, knowing that tomorrow is another day and we’ll be there, ready to win, and happy to shout about it.  Saddle up, Thunder, we are ready to ride!


Shall I Pour?

western wearYou have to wonder if the Wild West might have been different if there had been access to better coffee.    When you started and ended your day with a coffee made from grounds, boiled over a fire, in a sock and a tin pot of water until just the smell could cause an ulcer, you figure it had to affect your sunny disposition.  Imagine if they’d had a nice French pressed cup of only the best Allegro blend, strong but not bitter, and never inky, Billy the Kid might have thought twice about shooting the barber who gave him a bad haircut.  A good cup of coffee can make the difference in public reactions on many levels.  Throwing someone through the picture window of the local pub doesn’t seem quite as necessary when one has been properly caffeinated and thoroughly prepared for the worst, by the ingestion of a powerful dark roast with just a hint of the outdoors.  In a recent viewing of the movie True Grit, I found myself wondering what a thorough cleansing and a mug of Sumatra might have done for Jeff Bridges.  Matt Damon needed some sort of assistance, but I am afraid even a well-brewed espresso wouldn’t have been enough.


The Real Runway Week

cowgirl boutiqueSo the National Western Stock Show is in Denver as it is every year at this time and though they would like us to think it is all about the livestock and the roping and wrangling competition, we know it is actually about the fashion.  You will never see so much true country beauty in one place and it all looks glorious.  There is a chic that only a real cowgirl can wear, because regardless of how many barrels she has rounded or how many torsos she has curried she still looks great – fresh and a little wild.  The right jeans are imperative because they must be the perfect combination of fit and fashion, no drooping allowed, with a belt that really grabs the western spirit to top it off and a shirt or jacket with fringe and some boots that will equip the wearer to stomp the life out of badger are in order.  The real key to the outfit however is the hat.  The cowboy hat, worn by a true cowgirl is a thing of beauty, perfectly shaped and full of sass.  Pine Country Feed has something for every taste, offering only the highest quality of head wear, and a lot of must haves. Stop in before your trip to the Stock Show and round up the best western fashion in these hills!


Cowboy Love

We have often wondered what it is about the legendary American cowboy that is so appealing to the world of 2011.  They were people covered with calluses and basically held together by dirt, they rarely had money, many of them drank too much, they smelled of sweat both human and equine, they thought of spitting as a conventional past time and guns were their favorite accessory, and yet we love them and sometimes wish we were one of them.  It is something about their grit, their willingness to keep going when the herd has run amuck, their quiet way of owning the room, their “not afraid of hard work, get it done” attitude that we think of as American fable.  We want them to win, to get the girl, to love their horse, to kill the bad guy – and we want to believe that they do it all with the best of intentions and a heart of gold, because they belong to the roots of who we are.  They are fully American and totally bigger than life and that makes them the center of our dreams and the thing we love to believe in.  Just a bunch of guys who wrestled cows and rode the range and we can’t get enough of them.


Practically Fabulous

The cowboy hat, though in large part, a fashion statement was originally developed and designed with the working cowboy, or ranch hand in mind.  When the west was being settled there were any number of hat designs in use, bowlers being the most popular.  The first cowboy has as we know it today was designed and manufactured in 1865 by John Batterson Stetson.   He called his hat “Boss of the Plains” and it became the identifying accessory for the man of the American west.  It had a wide brim, front and back to protect the eyes and the neck from sun and rain.  They were made with four inch crowns to provide insulation from both heat and cold, they were light weight and waterproof.   The hats were known for their rugged durability, standing up to any kind of punishment and they came to be a status symbol, an investment as it were to the working cow hand, and a fashion standard for men in the east.  Early on the name Stetson became synonymous with the cowboy hat but even after the surge of the west its fame grew.  In 1912 the battleship USS Maine was raised from Havana Harbor where it had sunk in 1898.  A Stetson hat was recovered from the wreckage and after it was cleaned of debris, mud, and plant growth it proved to be undamaged and still waterproof.