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Dec 14, 2016
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I got my first glimpse into his world beneath those “Western Skies” when I was treated to a spur-of-the-moment day trip to the LeDoux family’s Haywire Ranch outside of their tiny one-horse hometown of Kaycee, Wyo., when I was in Casper watching my sons, Lane and Taylor, compete at the College National Finals Rodeo. From the banks of the Powder River that runs through it, it was easy to see the ranch-cowboy side of his song-writing inspiration that so perfectly complemented the rodeo cowboy that also was Chris. He didn’t imagine that life he sang about. He lived it.
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Oct 20, 2016
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I was raised not to judge a book by its cover. My parents and grandparents were functionally colorblind, so we always had friends of all shades and walks of life. Good people are good people, and the bad ones don’t come color-coded. It’s an optimistic outlook that looks for the best in everyone. And there’s no such thing as too many friends
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Sep 15, 2016
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I love a good rodeo road trip. The one I took the end of July—coming off of a few days of cowboy camping in the cool coastal climate of the California Rodeo Salinas—was fast and furious. But it was one fun weekend I’ll not forget. I had a chance to hitch a ride to Nebraska’s Big Rodeo in Burwell with Ote Berry, everyone’s ProRodeo Hall of Fame bulldogger friend, who was this year’s grand marshal. What a big time we had with our rodeo family—cowboy friends old and new.
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Aug 25, 2016
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Every cowboy dreams of strapping on a Salinas buckle. Like some of the other treasured trophies in our sport, you can spot one of the California Rodeo’s coveted classics from across a crowded room. Part of the prestige that goes with winning Salinas is all of its rich history and tradition. And the buckle isn’t the only tradition that makes this rodeo one of a kind.
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Jul 29, 2016
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After two weeks of living out of a suitcase between the Cowboy State’s College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, and the Silver State’s “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West” in Reno, I got comfortable in boxers and bare feet, and pulled up a chair on my porch to watch the Reno Rodeo short round—Saturday night live—on WranglerNetwork.com. After about the third event—and jumping up to pace every time an old friend’s kid rode or roped, like any aunt would—I realized I was texting high fives with the dads.
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Jul 11, 2016
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Bull riding megastar Sage Kimzey and I were exchanging notes about how much we appreciate our dads the other day. The next thing I did was pick up the phone and call his proud pop—PRCA clown-bullfighter-barrelman Ted Kimzey. I’ve been around awhile, so I’ve gotten to watch Ted work—a lot—including his second Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, in 1987, where Ted worked the barrel at the Thomas & Mack Center while guys like that year’s legendary World Champion Bull Rider Lane Frost and his three-time PRCA Champ of the World best friend Tuff Hedeman owned the arena during the bull riding event.
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Jun 10, 2016
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As we approach halftime of the 2016 world championship show, there are a few new sheriffs in town vying for the coveted all-around crown. We’re seeing stepped-up efforts to enter and excel in multiple events, and extra pep in the practice pen directed at second, third and fourth events.
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Jun 01, 2016
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I’ve heard cowboys say it over and over again over the years: “That first Finals is the hardest one to make. They’re talking about the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, and they all have their own variations on that statement. But generally speaking, the common theme to getting over the Top 15 hump seems to be experience—as in lessons learned—and the fact that guys basically exhale after being knotted up for so long with all focus on the brass ring of their lifelong cowboy dream. The world title is the ultimate. But you’ve got to get to the Finals first.
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Apr 05, 2016


Lewis Feild did it right. As a cowboy, husband, dad, granddad and friend, there truly was no better all-around great guy. Lewis left us way too soon—at 59 on Feb. 15—but he’ll live forever as treasured gold in our hearts and heads.
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Mar 17, 2016


The stars at night, are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas. And they’re all gathered here in the Lone Star State for the richest rodeo of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association regular season, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. I got to see some of the magic of the reigning and 11-time PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year for myself this year, and the event’s domination is no mystery to anyone lucky enough to attend this extraordinary event in any capacity.
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