Ride A Horse Feed A Cowboy
- September 1, 2017
- Tiffany Schwenke
The cowboy world has many giving and thoughtful individuals. Such people as Chanda Snook, her husband Clint, son Taylor, and son Austin, that produce an annual event in Hulett, WY called Ride A Horse Feed A Cowboy. This event is special. For 12 years now they have helped people with medical bills and in times of need.
The 2017 Ride A Horse Feed A Cowboy was one for the books! This event continues to grow, gaining more contestants, more spectators, more sponsors, and more added money! There was $1,500 added money in each event this year!
Ride A Horse Feed A Cowboy is a rough stock rodeo featuring barebacks, saddle broncs, bulls, and ranch broncs!! They bring back the top 5 ranch broncs for a wild ride where the cowboys wear funny costumes and it is a crowd pleasing, good time!!! The ranch bronc riding is sanctioned with WSRRA. Winners this year were… Bareback- Shawn Minor, Saddle Bronc- Jacob Kammerer, Ranch Bronc- Cheyenne Seymour, Bulls- No qualified rides.
In between events they auctioned off some very nice hand made spurs and elk hide wooly chaps to help out Guy Erb. Guy was recently in a car wreck and he is too injured to ride this year. Guy has ridden in the event for several years and always donated his winnings back to event beneficiary. Chanda explained “It is unfortunate that Guy can’t ride this year, but we are happy to do something to help him.”
This year’s event was a sea of purple. Cowboys and cowgirls sporting purple shirts as a sign of a special tribute to TC Holloway who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2001. At the time TC was only 24 years old. He was at the top of the PRCA Saddle Bronc standings. He was 1997 PRCA Saddle Bronc Rookie Of the Year. He had won many titles and buckles. You have to have a great talent to be that successful in rodeo and you could say it was in his DNA as he was a great nephew of six-time world champion saddle bronc rider Casey Tibbs.
The Holloway family has been a big part of this on going event from the beginning. This year the two judges were John Holloway and his daughter Roxee Holloway. Roxee’s son, Riggin Mortensen, was one of the pick-up men. Roxee has been a judge of this event since the beginning. A woman judge of roughstock events is quite rare, but she has also been a pick-up man for over 20 years and involved in rodeo all of her life. Pick-up man Cody Shaw told me “Roxee is more qualified to be a rough stock judge than most men.” Beings how saddle bronc riding was TC’s favorite rodeo event and one he shined in, the Holloway family presented the winner, Jacob Kammerer, with a purple star quilt which has great significance within the Souix Indian culture. The Holloway family also donated a bronze of TC riding a saddle bronc to the live auction.
This year’s main beneficiary was Rose Ann Olson, who has been diagnosed with HER2 Breast Cancer. Rose has been a huge supporter of this event for the past 11 years and has been an instrumental part of the community. The Snook family and all involved were happy to be able to relieve some of Rose’s medical expenses and financial burden during this trying time. All proceeds from the event’s live auction after the rodeo will go to Rose. So many great items were donated for this cause. There was a huge turn out for the rodeo, the auction, the BBQ, and the dance that followed. Nashville recording artist Paul Bogart was a highlight and his music was enjoyed by all in attendance.
Hope to see you in Hulett, WY next year, August 25th, 2018! It’s for a good cause and it is all good fun!
About Tiffany Schwenke
My family has been ranching and raising horses for over 100 years. We raise, train, and market AQHA horses at North Four Mile Creek Horse Ranch. We produce the annual event WYO WILD RIDE RANCH RODEO. I am a wife and a mother to 3 amazing...