Happy Trails With Dawni O'Bryan
The Mountains States Circuit Finals were held in Loveland at The Ranch Events Complex October 22nd and 23rd. To qualify for these finals the contestants have to be in the top 12 of their declared circuit.
Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Chris LeDoux all sang a version of the song, “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.” The lyrics say, “I grew up a-dreamin’ of bein’ a cowboy, Lovin’ the cowboy ways, Pursuin’ the life of my high-ridin’ heroes, I burned up my childhood days.” It makes one ponder what the cowboy ways really are. The cowboy ways align pretty close with the code of the West.
The town of Dodge City and Western State Bank Expo Center plays host to the Young Guns Rodeo Series. According to one of the founders, Scott Vander Hamm, what started out as a small gymkhana to help kids keep roping and riding over the winter months has blossomed into a huge event that sports over 225 contestants in a plethora of events. As you can tell from the photo, there is a herd of them.