Round Up Them Doggies

Back in the late 1800’s when rodeos first started they were called Cowboy Reunions or Cowboy Competitions. They were rarely called rodeo until after the turn of the century. Plain ol’ cowboys came from all around to compete in these. They were fun and they allowed cowboys to get together, let off some steam and renew acquaintances, hence the name of the affair.

Every August here in Wichita Falls we host a similar kind of thing that we call the Texas Ranch Roundup. It’s where all the competing ranches sign up for events that feature just ordinary, everyday cowboys. There are no professionals allowed.

Some of the participating ranches are the Waggoner Ranch founded in 1851, the Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company established in 1883, the JA Ranch (1876,) the Tongue River Ranch (1898,) the Moorhouse Ranch (1900,) and the Spade Ranch. The area has a rich and storied ranch history that is imbedded in our way of life and we’re very proud of our heritage.

But, back to the Texas Ranch Roundup. Each event awards points for the top hands and they go toward a combined total at the end of the rodeo. The ranch with the most points at the end is declared the winner. No money is involved; simply braggin’ rights. But those cowboys are very serious about winning. They’ll risk life and limb just to be able to be called The Best.

The events are things cowboys normally would do around the ranch. There is no bull riding event because cowboys don’t generally ride bulls when they’re at work. Here are a list of the events of the Roundup:

Bronc Riding


Steer Wrestling

Wild Cow Milking

Calf Doctoring


Team Penning

Chuckwagon Cook Off

Arts and Crafts

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In GIVE ME A COWBOY, the new anthology I have coming out in February with Jodi Thomas, Phyliss Miranda, and DeWanna Pace, all our stories take place during rodeo week on the Fourth of July Independence Day celebration in 1890. All four stories are set in Kasota Springs, Texas and because they’re sort of interconnected they were challenging as all get-out to write. The heroine of mine is the mother of Phyliss’s heroine so you can imagine the difficulty of coordinating our stories.

My story, Texas Tempest, is a humorous adventure between a tough gritty gunslinger and a lovely widow who’s seriously husband-hunting. Tempest LeDoux simply has the worst luck in keeping a man. In rides McKenna Smith and they’re immediately thrown together because of the rodeo.

Of course, McKenna has no desire to become another notch on Tempest’s bedpost. He’s content with the freedom of single life.

But Tempest doesn’t play by anyone’s rules. Life has given her a raw deal and she’s fighting tooth and nail to get a husband that won’t up and die on her. She’s already buried five good men and that’s five too many. Now she’s looking for someone tough enough to become husband number six and stick around long enough to help her mend a broken heart!

When the tall lonesome gunslinger named McKenna Smith rides into town, Tempest knows he’s the one for her-if only she can rope him!

With their annual Fourth of July Rodeo about to start, she’s terrified he’ll get it in his stubborn head to sign up for the bronc riding since he has quite a reputation for taming the beasts. She’s terrified he’ll get killed before she has a chance to convince him to give up his dangerous ways. Fortunately, love and fate have a mind of their own. All it takes is a little Texas Tempest to get things going the right way toward a happy ending.

GIVE ME A COWBOY will arrive in bookstores in February. I know that’s months away, but I hope everyone will mark the release date on your calendar. It’s already available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble’s websites for pre-order.

So ladies, round up those doggies!  Have you been to a rodeo?  Do you have a favorite rodeo event? Do you like reading western romance books that have rodeo themes? Or maybe you have other events in your area that showcase your history and would like to tell us about it. I’m all ears. I’m giving away a copy of “Give Me a Texan” to one lucky winner.

And don’t forget to register for our Sizzlin’ Summer Stampede of Prizes that’s in full swing!! There’s a link on the left side of the screen.

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Here in the Texas Panhandle, we do love our cowboys. There's just something about a man in a Stetson and jeans that makes my heart beat faster. I'm not much of a cook but I love to do genealogy and I'm a bit of a rock hound. I'm also a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of historical western romance. You can contact me through my website and I'd love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. HAPPY READING!

56 thoughts on “Round Up Them Doggies”

  1. Hi Linda!! Oh I’ve never been to a Rodeo or a Cowboy Round Up (I love staying that, makes me think of rounding them up around me, LOL). I’m up on the East here so as far as I know, I’ve never seen any advertising of anything like this. I do love to watch on TV when they have them. I especially love reading stories set on ranches, both contemps and historicals. Its just imagining the scenery and all they do. I have visited a ranch of a friend but it was when I was a teenager and it was smaller that what I read in books.

    Love the blurb of your gunslinger coming out in Feb. I shall be patient waiting for it! Its a sexy cover too! MeKenna sounds like a stubborn one when it comes to love! I love it already!

  2. I have never been to the rodeo. I do like reading books about the rodeo. I did happen to catch the rodeo on tv the other night and watched some of it. Texas Tempest sounds great!

  3. I’ve never been to a rodeo but I definitely would given the chance! At least I can read about them in western romance books!

    “Give Me A Texas” was an awesome book! A definite must read for all of you fillies! Since I have that book, I wouldn’t mind you “[Giving] Me a Cowboy!” 🙂 🙂

  4. Hi Linda,

    I LOVE the rodeo. I’ve been to a few, but have to travel to see them. I guess I like bronc riding and bullriding the best. But those clown stunts amaze me too.

    Your cover is hot,hot, hot. I can’t wait to read that story!!

  5. Oh and let me add, I love the whole atmosphere surrounding the rodeo. It’s fun to walk around the pens and see the animals. I love the little shopping fair that usually accompanies them and I love seeing cowboys walking around. It’s glorious!

  6. I have never been to a rodeo, but I do think it would be fun. We don’t have rodeos where I live, so for now I will have to enjoy them through books and movies.

  7. Hi Caffey!

    It’s great to finally blog with you here! I keep missing you. I hope you’re doing well and are still able to read.

    Liked your comment about a cowboy roundup and picturing real cowboys being lassoed. Too funny. The Ranch Roundup is quite an affair here in town. Lots and lots of cowboys coming in off the ranches. And with their cowboy boots, denims, and Stetsons they’re a sight to behold!

    Thanks for your comments and always for your support. Have a great day! 🙂

  8. I have never been to a rodeo, that I can think of. But I have been to some pretty amazing ranches. I been able to see baby cows born and have even been able to put my hand in one right before that baby came out. That was a neat experience. I been able to see baby horses come into this world at a horse ranch. I love the parade every year, because of the horses that walk through it and think that it is neat that horse back riders still tell you where to park at the county fair. I so love reading western romance books. My husbnads best friend rode in the rodeos and it is really interesting to hear his stories. Thanks for the great post

  9. Hi Pamela,

    Ah, another rodeo fan! I agree that watching barrel racing is exciting. Love how the horses come so close to the barrels in their tight little formations. And, barrel racing gives the cowgirls something to do besides watching the men.

    Thanks for commenting. Always good to see you here.

  10. Hi Amy,

    You’ve missed a treat by not getting to attend a rodeo. I will say it’s something we look forward to every year. Every town around here has some kind of rodeo so I have lots of opportunities to go and ogle the cowboys. 🙂

    Thanks for looking forward to Texas Tempest. I loved writing that story. The relationship between McKenna and Tempest really sizzles.

  11. I love Western romances set on a ranch with the cow herding, trail rides, cattle branding and taking the cows out to pasture.
    I live where there are smaller rodeos all around me- indoor and outdoor ones. My favorite event is the steer wrestling.
    Give Me a Cowboy will be a must have book for me.

  12. Hi Kathleen,

    You’re right. I think a rodeo background in a story definitely adds something special. Rodeos bring out the best in handsome hunky cowboys. There’s something about trying to tame the beast. lol You can rope ’em, you can ride ’em, but you have heck taming ’em.

    I’m glad you liked Give Me a Texan. And since you liked that one, I think you’ll love Give Me a Cowboy. Wish I had some early copies of it, but I don’t. Not yet. Try to be patient. 🙂

  13. Charlene,

    You’re a girl after my own heart. There’s just something about a rodeo that draws me. There’s excitement in the air and the cowboys…the cowboys are REALLY nice to look at. They still tip their hats here and say ma’am. It seems like they’ve stepped straight out of a book. And the cowboys have such a loyalty for the brand they ride for. It’s so neat.

    Glad you like the new cover for Give Me a Cowboy. I think it’s another good one. And did you know it’s the same guy who posed for Give Me a Texan? He just turned around and gave us his backside. Love his broad shoulders. 🙂

  14. Here in Houston, the question more likely is who
    hasn’t been to a rodeo! Rodeos here range from
    the annual Houston Rodeo & Live Stock Show (the BIG show!) to area/Future Farmer events. With the
    Rodeo, we have 6/7 trail rides that actually travel via horseback/wagons for varied distances
    to be here for the show, big-name entertainment @ each performance, and a major BBQ cook-off. These are all in addition to the actual competitions
    and the live stock displays. My high school drill team got to participate as ushers and were part of
    the display in our cowgirl uniforms and we got to
    march out into the arena. As the only Hispanic
    officer in the group, I got to meet Pancho of the
    “Cisco Kid and Pancho.” This was way back in
    the day in 1954.

    Pat Cochran

  15. Hi Cheryl C,

    Boy, you’re missing out by not having rodeos where you live. I think we tend to take them for granted here in Texas because they’re so common. I really like the Ranch Roundups better than the professional rodeos because the cowboys come straight off the ranches and they’re real, honest to goodness cowboys. Nothing pretentious about them. And they have so much pride for the ranch they ride for. It’s quite a serious competition.

    I agree that rodeos make great backdrops for our heroes and heroines. I love reading books that use the special atmosphere of a rodeo.

    Thanks for coming by to comment. Always wonderful to see old friends here. 🙂

  16. Hi Rebekah,

    My gosh, girl! You’ve really done some amazing things. I’ve never even seen a baby calf or colt being born much less stuck my hand inside and felt it before it entered the world. I’m just astounded because that would be a neat experience.

    Yes, I’m sure your husband’s best friend could spin quite a few yarns about his experiences in the rodeo. I’d love to sit and listen to him talk. Bet I could pick up some great ideas for stories. 🙂

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Hope your day is just wonderful.

  17. Hi RobynL,

    I love when I find a new western romance book that has either a rodeo or a trail drive in it. The both lend an element of danger and excitement to the story. I’ve never written a book yet about a trail drive. Hmmmm. Maybe that’s something to think about.

    Glad the cover and blurb for Give Me a Cowboy has enticed you. February isn’t long off. I do think Texas Tempest it’s one of my best stories.

    Thanks as always for your support for the P&P site and our blogs! Couldn’t do it without all you ladies who make P&P part of your day. 🙂

  18. Hi Pat,

    I certainly agree with you. When you live in the rodeo capital of the world, it’s rare if you meet someone who hasn’t been to one. Same up here where I live. They’re really common. But, I never get tired of them. It’s always fun to go watch the battle of man over beast. The cowboys are so skilled at what they do.

    Wow, you got to meet the Cisco Kid’s sidekick! Bet Pancho was something. He was funny on the TV show. You have something to tell your grandkids.

    Hope you have a glorious day! 🙂

  19. I have seen a few events, but have not been to a Rodeo from start to finish. It is amazing what they do!!! 🙂

  20. Dear Linda, OMG, I love that backside. Great cover…and February will be here before we know it. I’ve only been to one rodeo but I loved it. I think I also like the bull riding the best.

  21. Hi Colleen,

    I bet you saw the best part when you went to the rodeo. That’s the cowboys. They do know how to cut a figure in their tight jeans and Stetsons. Lord help! I agree it’s pretty amazing what they can do with animals and ropes and determination.

  22. Hi Crystal B,

    Bull riding and barrel racing seems to be the favorite events for most people. Sure takes a lot of time to learn how to do both. And it takes skill. My favorite kinds of rodeos are the ranch ones because they cut their teeth on taming wild animals. Some of the professional cowboys have never seen a ranch. Not that I’m criticizing them. I have the utmost respect for anyone who gets in the arena with one of those angry bulls. They’re huge!

  23. Hi Tanya,

    I thought that cover would get some attention! Nathan Kamp sure has a muscled back. And front. I’m just thrilled that we’ve gotten some hunky covers. Helps sell books I think. Yep, February is right around the corner. Won’t be long before life gets really hectic again.

    You know, I think most people’s favorite event is the bull riding. Don’t know if it’s the danger or the skill it takes. It’s really exciting though.

    Wishing you a great day. Try to stay cool! That’s a full-time job in Texas these days. 🙂

  24. I love rodeos. We attend the July 4th Oldest Rodeo in rhe World held in Prescott, AZ. It has been held annually since 1888. My son lives there and is involved in some of the festiviies they have. Prescott was the first capitol of Arizona when it was a territory.
    For those of you interested in the history of the West, check out the fighting that went on between the New Mexico territory and the Arizona territory as to who would be admitted to the Union as a state. New Mexico won out and was admitted on Jan 6 and Arizona on Feb 14 in 1912. And a woman was involved in getting Arizona admitted.
    I like reading a good western since I grew up reading them-my father was a fan of Louis LAmour an Ernest Haycock so there were always books to read. And if it is a western romance, all the better.

  25. I have never been to a rodeo but do watch on tv and love everything about ranches and cowboys.

  26. Hi Joye,

    What interesting information! I loved hearing about the feud between NM and AZ. I didn’t know that. And, I also didn’t know a woman was involved in getting AZ admitted to the Union. I’ll have to go check that out more. Sounds like a good story just waiting to be written! Thank you for sharing that tidbit.

    Nor did I know Prescott holds the oldest rodeo in the world. The things I’m learning today! You’re right in the heart of rodeo country so I imagine you’re an old hand at attending the events. That’s neat. Have a great day!

  27. Hi Connie,

    Maybe one day you’ll get to attend a live rodeo and experience the excitement, the thrills, and the cowboys who can be hard as nails one minute and tender the next. The cowboys from around here still tip their hats and say ma’am to the ladies. I love rodeo time!

    I’ll bet you have interesting things taking place in your area that are just as good as rodeos. Not everyone has access to same things.

    Thanks for commenting and supporting the Fillies here at P&P. We love you ladies! 🙂

  28. Have you ever actually tried to lasso something?

    It’s devilishly hard.

    And I’m talking a non-moving thing while you’re standing on the ground. Add a running calf and a galloping horse and fuggedabouddit.

    those guys are GOOD.

  29. Hi Linda!

    Your cover is gorgeous. Tempest sounds like she was a lot of fun to write. Definitely sounds intriguing to read!

    I’ve been to the rodeo at the Calgary Stampede. Their skills amaze me. The wild bronco riding is always scary to watch–I have to peer through my fingers. Those cowboys sure are brave!

    It’s nice to be back at Petticoats and Pistols after 2 weeks away!

  30. Hi Mary,

    Yep, it’s sure hard to lasso something. Ask Felicia. She’s crabby as all get out because her rope gets all tangled up when there’s a hunky cowboy around! She’s too funny.

    But maybe she’s trying to rope ’em while they’re moving. Definitely a difference than when they’re standing still. But like you pointed it, there’s really an art to roping. And cowboys have it mastered.

    Hope you have fun no matter what you do! 🙂

  31. Hi Kate,

    Glad you’re back home. Wildflower Junction was plumb lonesome while you were gone. Wish we could’ve gone with you. San Francisco sounded just beautiful and lots of fun.

    Thanks for the comments re the cover of our new anthology. Yes, my story was really a lot of fun to write. Tempest LeDoux was quite a woman. Almost too much for McKenna Smith. She gave him a tussle tell you for sure.

  32. Kate,

    I have to tell you I just finished reading Klondike Doctor. Elizabeth and Colt were hilarious when they were fighting. I laughd so hard. It’s such a satisfying story from the start to the end.

    I also have Klondike Wedding and about to start it. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Luke. He was sure gloomy in Klondike Doctor. Hope he finds a good woman who makes him smile.

  33. Now, Mary, you’re not supposed to drool on the computer screen. You can’t see the horses in the background if you don’t keep your screen clear! You did see the horses, didn’t you? lol 🙂

  34. Hi Cheryl,

    I hope you’re feeling better. Things aren’t any fun when you’re feeling puny.

    I like reading interconnected stories, but they sure are hard to write. They call for lots of collaboration. Thanks for the compliment in regards to my stories. I’m glad you like ’em. I hope this one pleases my readers.

    Thanks for making my day!

  35. Linda, I’m touched. Thank you! Yes, Luke was such a sourpuss, wasn’t he? LOL. Had to find him a suitable woman to argue with, too. Hope you enjoy their story! Your February novella makes me want to write a romp! 🙂 And lol, I had to go back and look for the horses on the cover, too!

  36. Mary, Mary, Mary you’re too funny! And I’m giggling like a school girl. He’s wearing a nice looking hat too. 🙂

    When Hilary Sares at Kensington sent us the cover she said she wanted to lick the computer screen. Doesn’t take much to get us romance writers and editors hot and bothered. He is kinda nice to look at.

  37. Hey Linda – it looks like a fascinating book.

    I love rodeos – you all might remember the post I did about the chariot racing we see up here. Those and the chuckwagons are my favourites. But then you plop me down on a wooden bleacher and tell me to stare at the dirt and eat the dust and I’m happy. 🙂

    Up here, the girls mostly do the barrel racing, pole bending, etc but I was watching MacLeod’s Daughters (MD’s)- an Australian show on Vision – last night and they had the girls cutting cows. We have that here where they work as teams and have to cut some numbered cattle out of a group and head them into a corral.

    But on MD’s, there was one girl and one cow in the corral and the girl had to cut the cow out of the corral, through a gate, around some obstacles and into a smaller corral. It was like barrel racing using real cows instead of a dumb ole barrel. I loved it.

    btw if I might take advantage of the fillies here, RobynL – anitamaedraper at hotmail dot com

  38. I have been to a number of rodeos. My favorite event is saddle bronc riding.
    I enjoy reading books that have a rodeo theme.

  39. Hi, Linda, I haven’t ever been able to get to a rodeo, but I’ve been reading about them, and they do sound really exciting! Especially those cowboys 😉

  40. Hi Linda! I am thrilled I got to visit! Doing so much better, thanks!!
    I keep imaging those ‘horses’ that i see in movies that are in bars where people can ride and see if they hang on! I haven’t been in a bar in years but I think thats the closest we’d have to a rodeo here on the east, LOL. I got to take a trip to Texas someday!!

  41. Hi, Linda–Wow, what a hot cover. Love it. I haven’t been to a live rodeo since I was a kid, but I always get hooked on the bull riding events on TV. I usually root for the bull, but my goodness, those cowboys are cute!

  42. Hi Maureen, I hope you get to attend a rodeo one day. I think you’ll really enjoy it live.

    Hi Anita Mae, thank you for stopping by. And I’m glad like the cover for our new anthology. You and I must be kin. Yep, plop us down on some bleachers and let us eat dust and we’ll be happy. I’ve never seen girls cutting and penning cows before. I think that would be neat to see. And as you said a lot more interesting than barrel racing.

  43. Hi Estella, you sound like a rodeo pro. Bronc riding is one of my favorite events too. I can’t believe they stay on those horses sometimes. And sometimes they don’t. I hate it when the cowboy’s foot gets stuck in the stirrup and the horse drags him. I’d be terrified if that happened to me.

    Hi Fedora, you got that right. Rodeos are really exciting and fun. And when you get tired of watching the events, you can always watch cowboys. In fact, it should be an event by itself. lol I’d like to see a prize given for that one! Ha!

  44. Hi again Caffey, I’m so glad you’re doing better. What a relief I’m sure. You’ve gone through a lot. Hey, I love your idea of putting horses in bars and having people pay to see if they can stay on! That’d really be a fun thing to watch. Especially if the person was drunk. Here in Texas they do have mechanical bulls in bars that you can try to ride. I rode one back in my younger days and had so much fun.

    Maybe some day you can take a trip and come to Texas. And go to a rodeo. You’d love it.

  45. Hi Elizabeth,

    Not so strange that you root for the bulls when you watch a rodeo on TV. In the Professional Bull Riding Assn. the bulls actually earn points just the cowboys. Then at the end of the year they announce the top bull. I thought that was pretty fair.

    Glad you like the cover for the new anthology. I think it’ll get a lot of mileage. 🙂

  46. ohhh Linda..I missed this yesterday!!!! Im so sorry!

    and boy oh I ever love the cover for your new anthology…AWESOME and in my opinion, a bit different! It’s not very often we get a hind shot of those hot cowboys!!! Im so excited to be able to read your sounds wonderful!!! for rodeos..I’ve been to a few small “hometown” rodeos and LOVE them!! I have not been to one in many years though and would love to go again sometime soon and take my girls..I think they would enjoy it as well!

  47. Hi Melissa,

    I was wondering where you were yesterday. I missed you. I hoped you weren’t having more trouble commenting.

    Thank you so much for the compliment about the cover for the new anthology. Love hearing readers’ oohs and ahhs. I think you’re right. I don’t see too many covers showing the model’s back. Something different. I hope you’ll like my story. It was lots of fun to write. I hope McKenna Smith turns out to be as sexy as I tried to make him.

    So you’re a rodeo girl. That’s great. I can’t think of any better entertainment. Yes, you’ll have to take your girls when they get a little older.

    Thanks for commenting even if it’s a day late. I don’t mind.

  48. I just moved to Nj and I have twins 16 months. I am looking for indoor playground for babies close to bergen county. i checked but could not find any:(…

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