Cowboy home needs strong freshener

I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with a roundup of cowboy friends. (This means that you fed the horses and caked the cows before breakfast). Tales were told, goats were cooked, music was played and it went on for days! But the background in my grand memories of this long weekend was the […]

Cowboy hat worn well

I don’t know you but I know that hat. I wore a hat just like it. Back in the days when men were men. You bet the pot and played to win. And if you lost you tried again. You bet your life I know that hat. A cowboy gave that hat to me. Back […]

Wedding woes call for desperate measures

Baxter Black It was a chance for Kurt to shine. He was father of the bride. Kurt is a seasoned, tough-hided, bow-legged Wyoming cowboy. He was not the kind of person you would ask to help you select the bridesmaids dresses or the pattern on your china. But his daughter knew that, so she asked […]

Cowboy pays homage to rodeo champ

Baxter Black “Alone at the Top,” was how the Pro Rodeo Sports News Magazine described the crowning of Trevor Brazile, World Champion All-Around Cowboy, for the 8th time, a world record. It took Sir Edmund Hilary seven weeks to climb Mt. Everest, Admiral Peary twenty-three years to find the North Pole, Freckles Brown was forty-six […]

Cowboy contemplates Christ child’s cattle

Baxter Black Have you given any thought to whether there were any cows in the barn on Christmas Eve that night two thousand and ten years ago? All Luke says is there was a manger. It doesn’t take much Bible reading to inform us that cows have been domesticated for centuries. Why, Adam even named […]

Sibling rivalry refines with age

Russell Anglin Sunday marked one of those rare instances when my nuclear and extended families could get together and relax for a minute or two. Having somehow awoke at a reasonable time Sunday morning at my grandma’s house, I had the chance to join my step dad, little brother and grandpa as they made their […]

Cowboy experiences full day’s work

Baxter Black “… and the old man gave his orders: “Boys, go at them from the jump, no use to go for fancy riding now.” That great line from “The Man from Snowy River” by Banjo Paterson crossed my mind as I started into the thorny brush and wicked mesquite thicket on a steep slide […]

Yoga positions not for public exhibition

Baxter Black It was one of those surreal moments in a cowboy’s life that you’ll recall in vivid technicolor years later when you’re living in the senior center trying to balance your checkbook on the TV remote. Like the time you roped with Fred Whitfield, or got into vet school, or wrote your first alimony […]

Mosquero Cowboy Camp schedule

Bring your own chair (BYOC) Friday • 7 p.m., Campfire meal • 8 p.m., Cowboy Service Saturday • 6 – 8 a.m., Cowboy Breakfast • 10 a.m,. Horse Shoe/ Corn Toss /Ground Roping Contests Competitive Games for All Ages/ Under Tent Music • 11 a.m., Goat Roping 12 a.m., Campfire meal 1 P.M. Under the […]

Car trouble leaves cowboy trapped

By Baxter Black: On the edge of reason It happened to Brett, a country boy in college on a rodeo scholarship. His folks sent him off to college in a well-used 3/4 ton pickup with mud and snow and a grill that looked like the gate on a Russian prison, a 16-foot stock trailer the […]