The view from the roof at the 1978 Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo.
One week last spring, the MC Ranch buckaroos moved 1,600 head of cattle almost 70 miles. For those Oregon cowboys, the drive was nothing extraordinary because they’re horseback every day, six and seven days a week, all year long. They’re living proof that the range-riding cowboy is not dead.
During the time of wild, unorthodox exhibition rides in rodeo, Jesse Stahl made his contribution by riding a bareback bronc backwards.
The future is shaky for old-west style ranching. Former Bell Ranch wagon boss Gary Morton is caught in the web of that uncertainty, and is, in a sense, a victim of the times.