Tuesday, June 16, 2015

First of TP&B

Summer time means play time!  At least some of the time.  A side job we have to raise and provide heifers for sorting and roping events.  We have several throughout the summer- some with fairs, others with the Team Penning and Branding Association.  The best part about taking them out there is that we get to join in the fun.

There are always a handful of regulars that go to these things.  You have your older generations that are still trying to live the dream and the hobby cowboys that don't do it full time but jump in where they can on the weekends. At the end of the day, the cowboys that eat, sleep, and dream EVERYTHING cowboy come out for the roping.  I love watching those cowboys and horses that know what they are doing.  They move effortlessly.  They don't make a lot of noise and don't draw a lot of attention.  They move together with their horses, already knowing what to do.

It was a party for the Eliason family in Blackfoot for the first TP&B.  Everyone came down to do a little cowboying and enjoy the company.  This is the kind of fun our family has on a day off!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2U Branding... Doing it Carter Style

I love branding season!  I love to help, I love to take pictures, I love the company, I love the food... I love it all!  When we ran out of branding days for our ranch and the association, I invited myself down the road to our friend's branding.

The Carters have a small herd that they run mostly because they love the life.  They have other work but at the end of the day they always come back to ranching.  Its important to them to raise their 4 boys learning how to work and connecting with the heritage that runs deep in this valley.

Its been great to become better friends with this family.  The Rancher went to high with Cowboy Cody Carter and has some great (maybe not entirely always appropriate) memories with him.  They have moved on from high school rodeo to real ranch cowboys, making a living to provide with their families.

.... That all sounds kinda mushy... Maybe it is when you think about it, but really its awesome and fun.  And that is exactly the kind of day we had out with the Carter crew to their branding.  They had cowboys that could rope and... some that weren't so great.  They had cowboys that didn't hardly say a word and others that didn't ever stop (seriously, the guy never closed his mouth- the proof is in the pictures!).  There were a few injuries throughout the day but all in all, a successful day branding!