What do Rodeos, Turtles and Buckles all have in common? By Charlene Sands

Charlene Teaser2One 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.

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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?


Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/Claim-Cowboy-2015-Montana-Rodeo-ebook/dp/B014Q6D6E0/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1441163820&sr=1-2&keywords=Claim+Me%2C+Cowboy

Kobo   http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/claim-me-cowboy

Itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/claim-me-cowboy/id1035425290?mt=11

GooglePlay http://play.google.com/store/books/details/Charlene_Sands_Claim_Me_Cowboy?id=JaV2CgAAQBAJ&hl=en


Post a comment here and be included in the Claim Your Cowboy Celebration!  Everything you need to claim your own cowboy including a The Longest Ride DVD, Enticing lotions, Bling, Pumpkin Pie candle, and Rope to lasso him in (licorce).   The party starts on Facebook today where you could win this great prize!  Winner announced on FB (www.facebook.com/charlenesands) on September 18th…release day for Claim Me, Cowboy.

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63 thoughts on “What do Rodeos, Turtles and Buckles all have in common? By Charlene Sands”

  1. Congratulations on your soon to release book Charlene! I would love to be entered to win your giveaway. It looks wonderful!

    May you have a wonderful blessed day!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  2. Congrats on the new book, Charlene! The muscles on that cowboy….*whew*
    When I was young and living in Lubbock we’d go to the rodeo. What a blast! I met a C&W singer but I can’t remember his name. lol! This was the 70’s.
    I also dated a bull rider. 😉

  3. Congrats on the new book. Would love to win this prize pack though I’ve already lassoed my cowboy and will soon celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary. Thanks for the chance.

  4. Congratulations on your new book coming out. I just finished an ARC through Tule Publishing yesterday and I have to say it is perfect. I couldn’t ask for more in a book. I know everyone will love it as much as I do. I also love your giveaway. I will keep my fingers crossed for this one.

  5. Congrats on the release of CLAIM ME COWBOY. I’m anxious to find out what happened 10 years ago to send Ty packing and leave Summer heartbroken. Sharing a ranch will definitely force them to confront their past.

    I like your licorice tie-in prize package. I’ve never watched the Longest Ride movie. I enjoy all of your treats: candles, jewelry, lotions and a writing journal.

    It will feel like Fall here 60*s today and rainy. Perfect weather for packing my daughter’s belongings, she’s moving into her new house on Monday.

    Best wishes Charlene!

  6. Congratulations on your upcoming release, it sounds good! What’s not to like about cowboys and a second chance at love? Id love to be entered in your contest. Thanks!

  7. Congratulations. I love learning and trivia and what better way to learn than from a great story (where the author has already done the research 🙂

  8. I love the rodeo trivia you shared, Charlene! Congratulations on the release of Claim Me, Cowboy! I am eager to read Ty and Summer’s story and appreciate the fantastic giveaway opportunity!

  9. I didn’t know rodeos went back that far in time. I haven’t seen a rodeo before other then at a fair one time. Sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Congrats on this new book! I like the sound of it… what a great prize pack… have not seen The Longest Ride yet… thanks for sharing!

  11. OMG, Charlene! I LOVE this cover. Wow, it’s really sexy. Huge congrats! Loved your post too about the buckles. Very interesting. I noticed you’re giving away a copy of The Longest Ride. That was such a good movie. I saw it at the theater and then I bought my own copy when they came out. Scott Eastwood is one hunk of a sexy man!

    • Hi Linda,
      Yes, I loved that movie too! I agree about Scott Eastwood, there are times, when he looks so much like Clint, and others, he’s just his own man. He’s in the new Taylor Swift video too, and it’s yummy. I love trivia about any subject and always wondered about the belt buckle. I’m glad you like the cover, I am in love with it!

  12. You had me at “Turtles” LOL…. I couldn’t fathom how that related to the rodeo. Sure sounds like cowboy reasoning once you explained it. Best wishes for your release. Love the cover!

  13. The book sounds fabulous, Charlene! I’m looking forward to the rodeo returning to Marietta. 🙂


  14. Oh my goodness! Claim Me Cowboy sounds like a really good read. I loved to read the history about the different things related to the rodeo. How cute those cowboys were with their “Turtle Association”! I can just see those half cocked smiles on their handsome, rugged faces. 🙂 And I never in my life would have guessed the belt buckle idea came from boxing. LOL “Who’d a thunk?”! Thanks for the enlightenment! 🙂

  15. Ever since seeing my first western movies (like with John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Jimmy Stewart etc) I’ve had a thing for cowboys!

  16. I took my daughter to her first rodeo this summer and she’s hook. “Buttercup” thw large angry bull left quite an impression on her.

  17. Congrats on the upcoming release! I love second chance love stories so this book sounds great to me. Thanks so much for sharing it and for the great giveaway 🙂

  18. I love these posts, always learn little things that are so interesting. And what an enticing excerpt! Congrats on the release and thanks for the great giveaway.

  19. That bit about the turtle association was definitely a bit of cowboy trivia that I had never heard before. Will have to share it with my grandson, who has a couple of aquatic turtles as pets!

  20. congrats on the new book; I love cowboys and rodeos and have attended a few rodeos indoors and outdoors. Consider me entered please.

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