The Tooke Legacy

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The Tooke family, of Ekalaka, Montana, has been producing quality bucking horses for more than half a century, and their hard work passed down through generations is being highlighted in a film Feek’s Vision being released at the 2018 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. For a story about Feek’s Vision for Tri-State Livestock News, Feek’s great-grandson Toby sent me more amazing photos than we could possibly squeeze in the pages of TSLN, so I wanted to share them here with you.

They’re incredible old photos that are well-documented by Thelma Tooke, Feek’s wife. Their son and Toby’s grandpa Ernest sadly just passed away April 3, 2018, so honoring the family and their legacy just feels right.

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Alvin Tescher, Doug Linderman, Feek Tooke, Jim Tescher, Bill Linderman, and Dean Armstrong at Dickinson, ND, in 1949.

 

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Gray Wolf in 1975 on the Tooke Ranch, sired by General Custer. Was inducted into the PRCA Hall of Fame for his contribution genetically in 2016

 

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Gray Wolf throwing Jim Tescher at the 1962 Miles City Bucking Horse sale. Tescher hadn’t been on the ground in two years.

 

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Snowflake at the Tooke Ranch in 1946

 

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Feek & Thelma Tooke shortly after their wedding

 

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Feek with King Larrygo fresh off the rail in Baker, MT, in 1943

 

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Ernest and Feek Tooke on the ranch in 1963 (photo credit Thelma Tooke)

 

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Feek Tooke at the 1968 NFR in Oklahoma City receiving an award for 1967 Top NFR Saddle Bronc, Sheep Mountain. He died after exiting the arena. (photo credit Unknown)

 

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Tooke bucking horses at the ranch being watched by one of Feek’s hands

 

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John Gee on Born to Buck, who was by Prince. Born to Buck was sold to Casey Tibbs, and appeared in his film with the same title.

 

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Tooke’s current standout saddle bronc, Four Roses

 

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Some of the Tooke horses today on the ranch outside of Ekalaka (photo credit by Bronc Riding Nation)

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About Savanna Simmons

I'm Savanna Simmons and I live north of Lusk, Wyoming, on the Four Three Ranch with my husband Boe and our sons, Brindle and Roan. I grew up evolving my horsemanship with clinicians like Ray Hunt, Joe Wolter, and Jack Brainard, but not within a...

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