One of my favorite things in the world is learning trivia and facts about how things came to be. Since my newest release is about a rodeo rider in the small Montana town of Marietta, book one of the Montana Born Rodeo series, here’s some fun facts and trivia about the rodeo!
Did you know:
The history of the rodeo dates back to the early 1700’s—when Spanish cattlemen, vaqueros were tasked with such ranch duties as roping, horse breaking, herding and branding. These early duties developed into the rodeo events we know today as tie-down roping, team roping and bronc-riding.
During the 1800’s cattle barons began to rival their competitors in Texas, California and New Mexico. After long cattle drives the American cowboys would hold competitions to see which outfit had the best riders, ropers and all around drovers.
Wild West shows cropped up—part theatre and entertainment and part competition. These attractions brought paying customers to the arena. When the likes of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West shows began to disappear, rodeos came to life. Paying spectators in small rural towns in informal settings came to watch the cowboys perform and compete. These annual stock shows and gatherings became known as the rodeo.
From 1890’s to 1950’s the popularity of the rodeo grew and gave cowboys a way to supplement their income. But safety to man and animal came into play and in 1929 the Rodeo Association of America was born.
Turtles in the rodeo? When a dispute broke out between cowboys and the rodeo promoters, about 60 cowboys formed the Cowboys Turtle Association named because they were slow to form, but eventually stuck their neck out. In 1945 they changed their name to the Rodeo Cowboys Association.
The buckle trophy? Many of the cowboys were also boxers, thus the favorite and most honored prize for the competitors became the champion buckle.
So now we come to present day rodeos and my current release, Claim Me, Cowboy. Here’s a little bit about Tyler and Summer’s story.
When Summer Nichols inherited half of the Circle W Ranch, she didn’t know her rodeo-riding, bad boy ex-boyfriend came with the deal. But sure enough, Tyler Warren, the man who broke her heart and left her in Marietta years ago, is back and living on the ranch again, claiming he wants no trouble. He’s certainly not back to rekindle their decade ago romance.
Ty only wants what’s rightfully his, and then he’s gone, but not even family secrets and Summer’s seemingly deep betrayal can keep him from remembering the good times he had with the preacher’s sweet, beautiful daughter, once upon a time. Summer is more woman than he expected…
Will Ty seize his second chance, uncover the real truths of the past, and claim Summer’s love again?
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