Hounds eighth, Zias fifth in Cowboy Jamboree

CNJ staff STILLWATER, Okla. — Junior Isaiah Samoei and sophomore Adrienne Montoya led Eastern New Mexico University’s cross country teams to solid finishes on Saturday in the Cowboy Jamboree, hosted by Oklahoma State. The Greyhounds, competing in the university men’s division, finished eighth with 282 team points. Oklahoma State took the team title with 46 […]

Fort Sumner cowboy signs to rodeo at Mesalands

CNJ staff Kit Pettigrew of Fort Sumner signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on the Mesalands Community College rodeo team for the 2011-2012 season. The Mesalands Rodeo Team competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Last year, Mesalands claimed the Grand Canyon Regional Championship title.

Even world champs have bad days

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eight-time PRCA all-around champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, competed during the PRCA Pioneer Days Rodeo Thursday in the tie-down roping and team roping events. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer Trevor Brazile has had many good nights en route to Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association records of $4 million in […]

Local cowboy has inspiring story

Our search for a person who can inspire us to greater achievement in our chosen endeavors often ends close by or just down the road. Meet such a person — B. J. Pierce. He won’t tell his age, but some quick calculations say he’s past the 70s. He doesn’t look it, and he surely doesn’t […]

McGee: Cowboy hats take getting used to

Grant McGee I got to thinking about cowboy hats the other day. Well, I should make myself clear; as a long-time resident of The West I know that they’re not “cowboy hats,” they are simply hats. This was shared with me by a real working cowboy from Chaves County, Cowboy Mike. Let me back up […]

Real cowboys carry telltale scars

By Glenda Price: State columnist If you see a couple of fellows walking down the road, both wearing cowboy-type garb, how will you know which one is the for-real cowboy? Here are a few hints: The real cowboy will be bow-legged and will limp a bit. As he gets closer, you notice one arm seems […]

To be fearless cowboy way of life

Glenda Price When a cowboy gets the worst of a horseback wreck he straightens his hat, dusts off his britches and gets back on the horse. When someone asks, “Are you hurt?” he laughs, points to his body part that hit the ground first — usually his rear end — and says, “Nah … landed […]

Life of cowboy’s wife hardly idyllic

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist The cowboy rides up horseback, leading a good-looking sorrel mare that’s his gift to you, and the two of you ride off into the sunset and live “happily ever after.” That’s the way it happens in the movies and the romantic novels. Excuse me. Here is a typical morning […]

Cowboy humorist says he appreciates rural way of life

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cowboy poet Baxter Black can’t stand spaghetti, but he greatly appreciates a rural, Western way of life for the values of its people. “That includes work ethic, independence, entrepreneurism, family, loyalty, patriotism,” he explained during a telephone interview Monday. “I could keep going and say belligerence, cantankerousness, etc. There’s […]

Cowboys work while ranchers play

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist The terms cowboy and rancher are not interchangeable. The cowboy knows the cattle. He can tell you which cow missed having a calf this year, and which cow lost her calf to coyotes. He knows how to tell if a cow is barren (never going to give birth to a […]

Hounds win team title at Cowboy Jamboree

CNJ staff STILLWATER, Okla. — Junior Richard Kogo of Kenya finished sixth and freshman Jacob Lozano of Hobbs was eighth Saturday, leading the Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team to a six-point victory over Colorado College in the college/junior college division of the Cowboy Jamboree, hosted by Oklahoma State. Kogo covereed the 8K […]

Author found success after struggle

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist I grew up to be 16 on a small farm, driving a tractor, pulling a one-way and plowed all day and dreamed of being a cowboy. My hero was none other than Zane Grey and yet not a cowboy, but the best writer of the west. Recently I’ve had time […]

Band made lasting impact on genre

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist “Shenandoah was one of the first groups to rebel against the urban cowboy image of the ‘80s and lead the way to the new traditionalism of the ‘90s.” (Shenandoah website)

Bowling cowboy way more fun

By Glenda Price This may come as a surprise to many, but cowboys participate in other sports — now and then. However, they bring their own special protocol to those “other” sports. We were in a cowboy bowling league for awhile. They all agreed to substitute bowling shoes for their trusty boots during the games, […]

Ranchers’, cowboys’ wives life not as idyllic as most believe

By Glenda Price Life as a rancher or cowboy’s wife is idyllic, “they” say. I, personally, would like to know who “they” are, and whether they ever have stumbled along in those wifely boots. The romantic stories show and tell about the husband and wife working as a compatible team: helping a heifer birth her […]

No bond stronger than man, boots

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Every real cowboy I’ve ever known hated wearing what they call “hand-me-down” boots — the ones purchased in a western wear store “off the shelf.” My dad’s bootmaker lived in Tucumcari. Whenever Dad needed a new pair he called his bootmaker, and in a month or so they came in […]

A cowboy’s New Year’s resolution

by Glenda Price My friend Jubal is a wise cowboy. He’s spent a great deal of time in the boonies, for a while on his homestead in west central New Mexico and later in various line-cabins on big ranches. He doesn’t run off at the mouth, as they say, but when he does speak all […]

ENMU squad pleased with home rodeo

Freedom New Mexico Junior cowboy Cole Jackson helped the Eastern New Mexico Greyhound rodeo team secure a third-place finish at the weekend’s College Daze Rodeo at Portales’ Lewis Cooper Arena. “Really and truly, I thought the boys team had a good rodeo,” first-year ENMU rodeo coach Albert Finn said. West Texas College took first place, […]

How to spot a real cowboy

By Glenda Price You can tell a lot about a cowboy by his clothes — how old he is and where he came from and whether he’s a ranch hand, a rodeo cowboy or an imposter. Stuffing your pants inside your boots does help when you’re horseback and not wearing chaps. Leather grabs leather, you […]

Cowboy hat remains constant icon

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Luis Saena steams a cowboy hat so he can adjust the brim for a customer at Joe’s Boot Shop. Saena began cleaning and selling hats when he was 7-years-old. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer There are few items that signify the history of the Southwest or that carry the […]