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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Charlene Sands
Charlene Sands is a USA Today Bestselling Author of 35 novels, writing both western and contemporary romance. She's a lover of all things romantic, especially her bold, rugged, heartstopping "real good men" heroes! She's the recepient of the National Readers' Choice Award, the Bookseller's Best Award and the Cataromance Reviwer's Choice Award. When not writing, she spends time with her "hero" husband, enjoying Pacific Beaches and drinking iced mocha cappucinos!

Charlene loves to hear from her readers.
Drop her a line at www.charlenesands.com or write her at PO. Box 4883, West Hills, CA 91308
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Updated: September 9, 2015 — 11:25 pm


  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. Hi Charlene, congrats.

    This is a lovely prize and I hope to win it. 🙂

    dlsmilad @ yahoo.com

  3. Congratulations on your new book!

  4. Congrats on your new book. fab prize

  5. Congratulations on your new book, love the cover!

  6. Congrats on your latest book! Good luck all for the contest too !

  7. Hi Charlene,

    ? the cover!


  8. 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. 😉

    1. Oh, yes, those muscles get to me every time. You dated a bull rider? Now that’s a story in itself, I bet.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

    1. Thanks Janine,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the story…it was a fun one to write!


  11. 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!

  12. I would love to win, congrats on the new book…it sounds great!

  13. Congratulations on your new book. Wonderful news. Enjoy!

  14. Congrats. on the new release. Many best wishes.

  15. Congrats on your new book. What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks.

  16. I love the storyline and wow…check out the arms on that guy on the cover! 🙂

  17. What a great giveaway. I love anything to do with a strong cowboy!!! Thanks for the chance to win this!!!

  18. 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!

  19. Love those Cowboys! Congratulations, Charlene!!!! Thank you for this great contest?

  20. I think I would have one upset cowboy on my hands because I could eat that entire bag of twizzlers by myself 🙂

  21. I’m ready to lasso a cowbow—and eat some twizzlers, too. Thanks for the contest.

  22. 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 🙂

  23. Congratulations on your new release, I’ve got it on my wish list and I can’t wait to read it.

  24. 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!

  25. COngrats on the new book.

  26. Great looking prize package – I’d love to win it (Twizzlers are my favorite!)

  27. Awesome of you!! Thanks!

  28. happy book release

  29. Congrats on the new book! Love a good cowboy story!

  30. Congratulations on your new release!!!

    added to my TBR. and thanks for the chance

  31. 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.

  32. I have enjoyed reading your books. Have a nice day!

  33. 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!

  34. Love your books and am looking forward to adding this one to that list!

  35. Sounds like a good one! 🙂

  36. Love the cover and the book sounds great. Congrats on it’s release.

  37. 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!

    1. 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!

  38. 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!

  39. Love your books. Thanks for the opportunity!

  40. Congrats on the new release.

  41. Congratulations on your upcoming release, Charlene! I have a deep soft spot for rodeos and cowboy and am so looking forward to reading this book. 🙂

  42. Love the excerpt and can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win and good luck on the release.

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


  44. 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! 🙂

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

  46. I just love the book, and the giveaway! There is something for everyone!

  47. 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.

  48. Congratulations on your new release!! Whoohoo! *throws confetti* 🙂
    Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!!!!

  49. Your book sounds like one I would enjoy reading.

  50. 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 🙂

    1. Btw, I love the turtle info!

  51. 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.

  52. 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!

  53. Charlene, your new book CLAIM ME COWBOY blog sounds awesome. You are such a good writer I always enjoy your books. Thank you for the chance to win.

  54. Cant wait to read it.

  55. The Buckle Trophy. I knew it usually was but I had no idea why. Thanks for the info.

  56. 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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