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Happy Trails with Dawni O’Bryan: Staying in the Horse Trailer

By Dawni O'Bryan

July 4, 2024

Cowboys and cowgirls travel many miles to places and competitions with their trusty equine friends in tow. Horse trailers have come a long way from the days of old of a half-top stock trailer. Rodeo rigs now include not only slanted slots for horses and a tack compartment, but they include a living quarters (LQ) for humans. These living quarters usually include a couch, a bed or two, a stove, a sink, a toilet, a shower, a refrigerator, and a microwave. There are also drawers for storage and racks to hold clothes. I had a friend traveling with me for a long 9-hour trip to the north country. We decided to spend the night in Laramie, WY and we were going to stay in the trailer. She phoned her child to let her know the plan. Her child was shocked and appalled that we were going to stay in the horse trailer. I think she assumed we were going to sleep where the horses rode. Most people don’t realize how nice these horse transporters have become. They are similar to a 5th wheel camper trailer that many folks take camping, only smaller. Of course, there is a wide price range depending on the level of luxury one is looking for. Keep in mind that a going hotel room is approximately $150 a night and cowboys are always looking to save money. The living quarters trailers are expensive, but the convenience is worth the cost. Not to be inappropriate, but if a person is driving between towns and there is someone a board that needs to use the restroom with great urgency, the driver pulls over, and that person runs to the trailer. Problem solved. Another great thing about staying in the horse trailer is that it allows the cowboy or cowgirl to stay with their horses. Pulling into a fairgrounds for the night and finding pens for the horses and then being able to stay right close to them offers much peace of mind. No one bothers the horses when the watchdog is right next to the pen. So, the horse-related events going on that involve more than one day, rest assured, there is camping with horses going on.

Damnera Ranch takes 1st place at the Alamosa Round-up Ranch Rodeo. L-R: Tyler Hainer, Colton Reed, Wyatt Wollert, Josh Weimer, Dakota Canfield, Trate Weimer.

The Alamosa Round-up held its ranch rodeo June 14th with Damnera Ranch winning first place. Damnera Ranch consisted of Tyler Hainer, Colton Reed, Wyatt Wollert, Josh Weimer, Dakota Canfield, and Trate Weimer. All of these cowboys (pictured) live in the Wiley, McClave, and Eads area. They competed in the wild cow milking, stray gather/trailer loading, ranch branding, and ranch bronc riding. Second place was Huffaker Ranch and third place was Rock Bottom. The Top Hand Award went to Dakota Canfield.

The Colorado Junior Rodeo Association held its weekend rodeos at the Burns Ranch Arena in Akron on June 8th and 9th. In rodeo #1, Stealy Lord of Lamar placed 2nd in the barrel race, split 4th/5th in the dummy roping, 4th in the flag race, and 2nd place in the goat tying. In rodeo #2, Stealy was 2nd in the barrel race. Cole Deforest of Lamar won the team roping in rodeo #1 with partner, Harley Ann Baas with a time of 8.5 seconds. On Sunday, Deforest was 2nd in the mixed team roping with partner, Riatta Grokett, with a time of 14.6 seconds. Slade Lord, also of Lamar, placed 5th in rodeo #2 in the breakaway (section 1) with a time of 3.1 seconds. In section 2 of the breakaway roping, he was 2nd place with a time of 3.3 seconds. Slade and partner, Easton Zeldenthuis, won the team roping with a time of 8.4 seconds. The next rodeo is slated for July 6th and 7th in Florence at the Pathfinder Park Event Center.

Kids love staying in the horse trailer, even if it is parked at home. It is like their own little clubhouse. Of course, there is much more maintenance with the LQ than the stock trailer. Water lines, air conditioning, heating, and generators are all part of the upkeep. I am not going to say staying in the horse trailer is glamping, but it is pretty darn good. Happy Trails.

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