Paty Jager: Rodeos and Cowboys


Thank you for having me back here at Petticoats and Pistols. I enjoy hanging around with like minds.

I have a confession to make…while I live in the west, grew up riding a horse as much as walking, and one of the best small town rodeos is held in the county where I lived…I can count the amount of rodoes I’ve attended in my lifetime on my two hands.

But that didn’t stop me when I decided my hero in my next contemporary western would be a bareback rider. Luckily for me four time and reigning world champion bareback rider Bobby Mote lives in Central Oregon. I contacted him and asked if I could interview him and his wife to learn the life of a rodeo athlete. We e-mailed back and forth and finally came up with a time when he would be back in the area between rodeos.

I arrived at his rural house just as he was finishing up his run and exercise routine. Yes, did you know that rodeo cowboys actually have a set routine of strength and flexibility training they go through during the rodeo season. That’s how they can survive some of those falls that make me queasy.

Bobby explained how to stay on a horse and what his hectic season/routine was like and then his wife, Kate, let me in on the family aspect of the rodeoing and some facts about the National Final Rodeo that only participants would know.

After over an hour of visiting and questions, I wandered around the living room browsing at the glassed in belt buckles and trophies this young man has amassed over his rodeo career. My conversation with him changed a whole lot of misconceptions I had about rodeo cowboys.

Do you have any misconceptions? Tell me what you think about when you think of a rodeo cowboy and I’ll not only see if I can answer the question but you’ll have your name put in the drawing for my newest release, Bridled Heart.

My January release Bridled Heart is not only about the rodeo lifestyle but about a woman who has finally found control over her past and looks toward a brighter future.


Blurb: A specialized placement schedule and self-imposed vow of celibacy keeps ER nurse, Gina Montgomery, from getting too close to anyone.  Music is her only solace and release from a past laced with abuse.  But when that music draws the attention of a handsome bareback rider, her chosen solitary life-not to mention her vow-gets tested to the limits.

Holt Reynolds let his younger sister down when she needed him most.  With the similarities to his sister far too evident in Gina, he can’t get the woman out of his head or her poignant music out of his heart.  But how can he find a way to free her bridled heart before the past resurfaces to destroy their one chance at happiness?


This book is available in e-book and print at The Wild Rose Press or any e-book and print outlet. Click Here to order.



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36 thoughts on “Paty Jager: Rodeos and Cowboys”

  1. I love the cover of your book. It makes me smile.
    I always picture Ty Murray when a book is about cowboys or rodeos.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful story, Paty, and your cover says it all.
    Love it that you researched by interviewing a champion cowboy. I haven’t been to a live rodeo since I was a kid, but I can get hooked on TV bull riding. Those guys are yummy!

  3. When I think of a rodeo cowboy, I think of a man who is a hard bodied, tough and brave person who fights with large animals. I think it must be a tough and challenging life but one they perform with excited and competent attitudes.

  4. Jeannene, Early on in their career they ride even on the off season to better their skills. When they are at Bobby’s level they only get on a horse during the competitions. In between they exercise and watch videos of past rides and the horses that are in the string for their section of rodeos.

    The companies that outfit rodeos with stock have new bucking stock that needs checked for performance. The young riders who are learning can go to their ranches and ride their stock to practice.

  5. Joye,

    It is a tough life. Their bodies are bruised and broken, their lifestyle that of a vagabond during the season, and if they don’t make it in the money…they paid to take that abuse. But when they triumph over an animal…they are the gladiators of long ago.

  6. Love your cover, love your subject, and love those Wrangler-clothed hunks. And they are HUNKS, in capital letters. 🙂 Interesting that they can practice on upcoming horses to be included in a string. And, like football players, watching video of your opposition, that’s the horse!, is certainly educational for the next time a rodeo cowboy climbs aboard for a hurricane ride. Thanks, Paty. I always learn something from you. 🙂

  7. Living in Texas I attend the Mesquite Rodeo ever so ofen. I sit up close so when the cowboys ride by and fling dirt in my mouth, I get the clear smell and feel of it all. I enjoy the rodeo clowns who actually have a very dangerous job of keeping those bulls coraled and in a good humor. I’ve written a few contemps and now I’m into historical western romance genre.

    Cowboy’n is an old profession and a honored one

    Love and blessings

  8. Have actually attended more rodeos since we moved to Tennessee than we did while on Colorado and California. It is obvious who the pros are following the circuit and who the local dreamers are. Everyone has to start somewhere and some of them will improve to make it on the circuit.
    About the clowns. Under appreciated by many, they have an athleticism and nerve that rivals the riders. Do you know if many of them started out as riders or do they train to go straight to the clown position?
    Like the sound of your book. Nice that you interviewed the wife to get her perspective on that way of life.

  9. Rita, I agree the cowboy life is an old and honored profession. And I agree the clowns have the hardest job. Good luck with your historical westerns.Thanks for stopping in!

  10. Patricia, browsing the internet it looks like rodeo clowns can either have been a past rodeo rider but switched to clowns early on or they are just adrenaline junkies who learn the rodeo clown trade.
    Thank you for stopping by.

  11. Paty, welcome back to the Junction. We always love it when you come to visit. There’s nothing we like better than talking about cowboys and rodeos. Love the cover of your new book. That dog is just precious. I’m going to have to check it out. When I think about a rodeo cowboy I think tough. The sport is certainly not for the faint of heart. Those guys earn every nickel of their money.

  12. Love that cover! 😀
    The only rodeos I have been to are a couple of small ones that were at our state fair… will admit that I read about more of them in books than I have actually watched…

  13. Hi Linda,

    Thanks! I enjoy visiting this blog and chatting with everyone. I agree, rodeo is a tough sport and you sometimes wonder, especially when you talk to the, why on earth they want to put their bodies through such torture. Because even if they aren’t bucked off, the jarring and whipping of their bodies is tremendous.

  14. Thanks Colleen! I’m actually not a fan of rodeos. I cringe and my stomach squeezes when someone is nearly stomped or banged into the fence. I can’t stand that, so I rarely watch.

  15. Hi Patty,
    I have watched a lot of rodeos over the years. My family does team roping. They rope everything that moves. All the little kids carry ropes with them wherever they go. It is so cute. The girls (one niece and granddaughter) barrel race. We pack mules during the summer. There isn’t the endurance like the bareback or saddle bronc or bull riders have. Just keep the arm warm and healthy! We have watched Bobby Mote ride. That would be awesome to talk to him. Thanks.

  16. Mary J.,
    You sound like a busy family. I have a grandson who my daughter thinks may rope. Every time he sees a rope or string he’s swinging it over his head like a roper.LOl

    Bobby is a really nice, quiet, humble person.

  17. I don’t think I have any misconceptions about rodeo cowboys. I grew up going to rodeos every summer.
    They work just as hard at their sport as a footall, basketball or baseball player does.

  18. Tracy, Yes, it was a lot of fun. Especially the thrill of getting an e-mail from Bobby when we were setting up the interview. How many can say Bobby Mote e-mailed them via his blackberry to set up a meeting?;)

  19. HI Paty, always good to see you here in Wildflower Junction. I really enjoyed this post and learning about your new book. The cover is precious…dog, boots. I’m in heaven. I have been to a few roders, and I agree, they’re kind of hair-raising for us weenies. At our local fair, they have little kids “mutton busting.” In spite of the helmets et al, looks kinda scary to me.

    Thanks again for spending the day here. oxox

  20. Wow, sounds like you had an awesome visit with Bobby! Way cool! Growing up in Kansas, I’ve attended a lot of rodeos and had a nephew go to state for High School rodeo. I also attended the ‘world’s toughest rodeo’ in Mpls several years ago. They’re lots of fun. Congrats on another great book, and another great blog post!

  21. Hi Paty,
    I’ve only been to one rodeo in my life, in a tiny prairie community in Saskatchewan. I was amazed by the athleticism and nerve of not only the cowboys, but the kids who barrel raced, roped and did tricks on horseback. It’s a special memory.

  22. Jennie,

    I think a rodeo is something everyone should attend at least once in their lifetime. My in-laws are from the Netherlands and any time someone visits from there my MIL takes them to a local rodeo. They love it!

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