To bravery and skill and monumental tasks, to competition and necessity and getting the job done. Those were the days of heady exploration, of building a country of home on the range. Those were the days of cattle drives and opening up the land. The days of ranching, homesteading and the cowboy.
Those were our yesterdays. But still, in the quiet of the land, in the rolling countryside, in the far off place where only the dirt roads go, lies the key to our past and our splendid present, the future still holds this truth. The land of the cowboy, where steer wresting and bronco busting fills a part of their daily lives.
Rise to the songs of the livestock rustling, of the wind blowing through the fields and the quiet of dawn. The world sleeps at this hour, but the morning sun is rising and the daily chores must be done. Oh lonesome cowboy, of song and spirit, the day calls to you to earn your daily bread. Come out to the pasture, a new day is calling, come out to a day’s work of home on the range.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nht3bMUebzI mini bronc at the Edson Stampede
The chickens proudly display their treasure, a new gift of food to their delighted owner. Chuckling and prancing their days work is done, as a new egg lies gleaming in the early morning sun. The cattle line up in their stalls eagerly waiting, their milk has come and it must be taken. Their gift, their treasure, more food for the farmer. The family farm where no one starves. The fields grow tall with grains for bread and a days work of harvesting lies just ahead. The fruit tree ripens and sends it’s gifts to us, the bounty of the harvest lies in the basket. A forage through the garden reveals the tasty lettuce, the carrots and spinach awaiting the platter, a days work is done when the weeds are pulled and the ground is bursting with delicious, nutritional plants. No more the hungry, no more the worry, the life of the farm is wholesome and ready.
At the end of the day, when the sun still shines brightly, brings a time for rest and relaxation. A time for the energizing sport of the days of yesteryear, a time when the cowboy and ranching and riding filled their lives. Livestock herding and breeding and taming the wild. That horse out yonder, who must be rode, that sport for dollars and it makes sense, if you know their custom and their culture, the rodeo is a must.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3M4xhx42tc Saddle Bronc Ride at the Calgary Stampede 2015
Ride, you sportsmen, ride. Break that wild horse, who must listen. Tame the beast to be your own and ride, for your life, you cowboy, ride! It is not just sport, it is not just a test, it is the taming of the wild as the horse must be ridden and taught to do a job. From here, the training persists and the quiet of the country fills with the joy of yet another day in the saddle.
written by Dr. Louise Hayes
October 10, 2015