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2016


From the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo:

We are in full swing for the 2016 NCPR event. Check out the web site for entry forms and rules. The event is scheduled for August 4-6, 2016.

Headed by Dawn and Geff Dawson, the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo takes place in conjunction with the during the biggest free fair and rodeo in the Midwest (Central Kansas Free Fair and Wild Bill Hickok PRCA Rodeo).

The Dawsons comment, "Thank you Rawhide Portable Corral and Livestock Equipment for sponsoring this great event in 2016. Stay tuned for more information!"  

For more information, e-mail us at info@ranchcowboy.com.
 

 

Find 2015 Results and C.R. Wood's commentary below.

 

 

The unique National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo was conceived by poet Sam Jackson, with a foundation of "excellence through competition."

In 2014, Kansas ranchers Dawn and Geff Dawson announced they would head up the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo (NCPR).

In January, 2015, Geff Dawson announced:

The dates for the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo are July 30-August 1, in Abilene Kansas. This is the during the biggest free fair and rodeo in the Midwest (Central Kansas Free Fair and Wild Bill Hickok PRCA Rodeo).

There will be lots to see and do so you may want to spend more time than just the days of the NCPR. The deal is made with the fair board and they have welcomed us with open arms.

If you would like to come as a contestant or a spectator, contact Geff Dawson, geff@ranchcowboy.com or call 785-765-2357 and we will get you hooked up. You're not going to want to miss this event. We have several special guests coming to judge and entertain, and contestants can win thousands of dollars and prizes. Entries are open now.

See more below.

 

 

 


photo by Susan Parker; more about the 2011 event below
2011 Winners
Dick Warwick, B.J. Smith, Orvil Sears, Keith Ward
C.R. Wood, Paul Bliss

 

The National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo and its rules to govern are protected by copyright.

Read Andy Nelson's essay, I Am a Convert, about competition, inspired by the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, here at the BAR-D.

 


Poetry Rodeo

It takes a lot of cowboy-tuff to step out of a chute
Competing for a buckle and a chance to win some loot.
You scan the crowd with wary eyes, because deep down you know
That every word and every rhyme could cost you the short-go.

Five judges watch with pen in hand and timers sit close by.
It's time to start reciting, but your mouth is awful dry!
Your words spill forth to fill the room with hearty tears or laughter
While goin' for the perfect ride, to get the score you're after

As judges' scores are tallied you forget about your fate
because a friend is saddled up and riding through the gate.
Though some may win a buckle, or take home well-earned pay
We all go home much richer in the friendships forged that day.

© 2007, Diane Tribitt
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

 


Below:

The 2015 Rodeo

 

Utah's C.R. Wood took away the "Best of the Best" honors at the 2015 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo (NCPR), which took place July 30-August 1 in Abilene, Kansas.

First-place winners were:  Rising Stars Division, Poet Serious, Floyd Beard; Poet Humorous, Ron McDaniel, Reciter Serious, Rocky Sullivan; Reciter Humorous, Floyd Beard. Silver Buckle Division, Poet Serious C.R. Wood, Poet Humorous, C.R. Wood; Reciter Serious, C.R. Wood; Reciter Humorous, C.R. Wood. Shoot-out Event, C.R. Wood.

Rodeo judges were: cowboy poet and songwriter Jay Snider; poet, cowboy, and ranch manager Trey Allen; poet and NCPR veteran judge and co-organizer Ed Nesselhuf; Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss; and KFRM General Manager Kyle Bauer. Find more about each at ncpr.us.

Find information about all the competitors and complete results at the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo web site at ncpr.us and visit their Facebook page.

C.R. Wood shares his commentary, written originally for the Cowboy Poets of Utah (cowboypoetsofutah.org):

While the memories are fresh, I wanted to report the proceedings of the 17th annual National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, held July 31st and August 1st at the Shockey & Landes Convention Center in Abilene, Kansas, from my perspective. The Rodeo was the original idea of Sam Jackson of Kanab, Utah. After 16 years Sam sold the copyright to Geff and Dawn Dawson of Alma, Kansas. Geff and Dawn took a year off to make sure that, with the move, they did it right. They found solid corporate sponsors. They carefully selected the venue, and then they pitched the concept to the Board of Directors of the Central Kansas Free Fair, held every year in Abilene, as well as the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo Committee. Once these people got on board, the Abilene, Kansas Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, brought the local businessmen to the table.

The offshoot was that Geff was made Grand Marshall of Thursday’s, Central Kansas Free Fair Parade, which made it possible for all of the competitors to ride the Rattler Livestock Handling Equipment Float down the parade route handing out flyers to the parade-goers. It was great advertisement, and, a lot of fun for both the poets, and the people along the parade route.

Thursday evening, the competitors met at the convention center for a get-together, hors d’ouerves, and one of those feel-each-other-out jam sessions.

The distinguished panel of Judges were introduced, and what a select group they were: The Judge Foreman was Ed Nusselhuf, a 2-time winner of the NCPR. He has been to every event but one, either as a competitor, as a judge, or finally as the Judge Foreman. Jay Snider, well known poet, reciter, regular contributor to cowboypoetry.com and Silver Buckle winner in his own right, came to us from down in Cyril, Oklahoma.
Kyle Bauer runs the largest Farm Talk Radio station in the Midwest. He is an executive, a motivational speaker, and a lover of the Cowboy tradition, who is assembling material for a daily Cowboy Poetry segment on KFRM, A.M. 550 Farm Talk Radio, to be aired, daily, in Kansas, Nebraska, and northern Oklahoma. Lawton Nuss is used to passing judgment. He is the Chief Justice of the Kansas State Supreme Court, and a Western re-enactor, who, before being invested with judicial robes ran his own trial practice for 20 years. He knows genuine from fake.
A late addition to this distinguished panel was, Jack “Trey” Allen, Ranch Manager for the Moyer Ranch near Manhattan Kansas and groundbreaking wordsmith, known to every wannabe poet who has ever tried to assemble original thought into iambic pentameter.

The Rodeo began promptly at 8:30 Friday morning with 13 Rising Star poets going head-to-head in 5-minute “rides,” with the top 50% advancing to Saturday’s short go. It was impressive to watch this year’s judge’s panel work. Usually, it takes a couple of performers for judges to hit their stride, but not this group. They were right and tight, with the 1st evaluation, and their groupings held true for 50 subsequent performances, on Friday, and another 35 entries on Saturday.

I have kept every score sheet over my 4 years at the NCPR. I have reviewed them prior to going back to every Rodeo, and I have benefitted from the insights written on the back of these score cards, by these thoughtful evaluators. If, for no other reason than the critiques, these evaluations are worth the entry fees I paid to compete in the NCPR.

The personal highlight for me, was “Bullet Bob,” a Poet Humorous 6-minute presentation by Ron McDaniels of Sulfur Springs, Arkansas. Ron reached out and jerked the chairs from under every spectator in the audience. They laughed until they hurt, and then until they cried. It was a remarkable piece of work. Slim Farnsworth’s, “Directions” poem, and his “mule Train Wreck” reflected a polished sense of humor, and a mastery of the left hand turn. Slim also performed, “Who’s Ridin’ Brown Harlequin Now,” which, for me, was the most significant serious work, any of the Poets brought to the Rodeo. And, Ole Jim Cathey’s “Papa Hop” will always be a favorite of mine.

I missed the likes of Silver Buckle winners, B.J.. Smith, Terry Nash, Keith Ward, Steve Porter, Al Clark, Mike Dunn and, “Brooksie," but what a pleasure it was to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Oklahoma’s Poet Laureate, Francine Roark Robison, and the Poet Lariat of Kansas, Ron Wilson. Finally, if you ever want a short course in Nebraska outlaw history, make any excuse you can, to go listen to Marci Broyhill.

Now, here comes the editorial. An editorial is a statement of opinion. Everyone is entitled to opinions. They are like armpits. Most are hairy, and they stink. With that disclaimer, here is my opinion:

There are those who believe that poetry should never be brought down to the level of mere competition. They subscribe to the “Youth Soccer” school of performance. “There should be no losers. Everyone should get a participation trophy.” If that is your thought process, so be it, but consider this: Every time you send a bio packet out to Elko, or Heber, or Alpine, Sierra Vista, Santa Clarita, Lubbock, Fort Worth, or Prescott, you are in competition for stage time. Your performance is being compared to 50 other presenters just like you. What sets you apart? Your sincerity, your originality, your rapier wit, or polished stage presence? There is not a single one of those attributes which cannot be improved by two days spent in Abilene, Kansas watching other performers, just like you, run rapid fire across the NCPR stage.

According to Trey Allen, ”There is not a single thought, which has not already been reduced to rhyme, so you can’t expect your material, your personal, profound thoughts to be completely original.” He is right. However, you can strengthen your poetry with more colorful verbiage. You can apply Rod Miller’s consonance, assonance, alliteration, and comparison.” You can search for Baxter Black’s “perfect rhyme, perfect meter,” with a stronger conclusion to every piece you write. You can follow Waddie Mitchell’s advice, to, “dig past obvious, ‘horse of course,’ rhyming schemes,” to find a stronger way to convey your heart to your audience. Had you been in Abilene, 16 performers would have taught you how.

You can improve your stage presence through practice, and through modeling the positive skills of others. The negative skills of the doggerel writers can be as instructive as the “tough’s” great stage presence. Knowing what not to do, is at least as important as knowing what to do.

Silver Buckle winner, Andy Nelson, advises every attendee to, “check your EGO at the door,” and try what you see others do to see if it fits your style. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. When you learn to do what your competition does, and, to do it better, you will find yourself replacing them in front of successively larger audiences. Andy has parlayed his experiences at the NCPR into lots and lots of appearances, a syndicated radio show, and, not least, REAL INCOME!

It can be done. You too, can do it. The NCPR is an excellent tool to help you polish your skills. It makes fair poets good, and good poets better.

(By the way, both Andy Nelson’s and Rod Miller’s excellent editorials are posted at cowboypoetry.com. They are worth the read.)

Back to my opinion;

I believe there are [many] who should begin planning, now, to be in Abilene, Kansas. on the last week in July, 2016. The experience would fundamentally change you (plural) for the better. You will make new and lifelong friends. You will come away with at least three, new, specific, ideas to improve your poetry. You will laugh, cry and wish it would not, finally, end. And, you will come away re-energized with the magic of this creative endeavor we call “cowboy poetry.”

...

© 2015, C.R. Wood

Find Andy Nelson's piece here and a list of Rod Miller's essays here.

 


Earlier news:

Kansas ranchers Dawn and Geff Dawson will head up the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo (NCPR) and plan an August, 2015 event in the central U.S. From their announcement:

Sam Jackson, founder and long-time highly successful producer of the NCPR, has handed off the reins of this event to well-known Cowboy Entertainer and Midwest Event Producer, Geff Dawson. Sam Jackson had decided to retire and had planned on retiring the NCPR event as well—until Sam and Geff struck a deal to keep the NCPR event going. With Geff’s long-time event producing experience and his own successes at previous NCPR events, Geff was thrilled with the opportunity to continue the long-time traditions of cowboy poetry competition through the NCPR format that Sam Jackson created.

Watch for news and information on Geff’s plan to produce a top-level event
in the central United States to be held in July-August, 2015.

Dawson will strive to maintain all the same framework and format that Sam designed and built the event on. The event will continue to include Championship trophy buckles, cowboy prizes and great prize money to the winners. All this and more are in store for the 2015 event which will coincide with a major western event in the central part of the United States. Geff hopes that making the location more centrally located will encourage more fan and contestant participation from the central eastern parts of the U.S. as well as giving the western states folks a new place to venture to. Sam Jackson has agreed to be an advisor and to attend 2015 event.

Geff and his wife Dawn are excited about continuing the traditions Sam Jackson created with the NCPR as well as maintaining the long-working relationship with CowboyPoetry.com and its dedication to preserving the western art of cowboy poetry. Watch for more information on the website regarding the 2015 NCPR event.

If you are interested in being a part of this big event whether as a sponsor, contestant or spectator, please let us know by contacting Geff via his e-mail at geff@ranchcowboy.com or calling the ranch at 785-765-2357. Geff’s mailing address and contact information is set out below.

More information will be forthcoming so stay tuned to www.cowboypoetry.com and Geff’s website at www.ranchcowboy.com  for information.

Geff & Dawn Dawson
2 Bar D Ranch
33691 K99 Hwy.
Alma, KS 66401
785-765-2357
e-mail: geff@ranchcowboy.com

Update, November 2014

Dawn and Geff Dawson have announced that the event will take place in Abilene, Kansas, during the Central Kansas Free Fair and Wild Bill Hickok PRCA Rodeo, July 30-August 5, 2014.

Update, January, 2015

Geff Dawson announces:

The dates for the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo are July 30-August 1, in Abilene Kansas. This is the during the biggest free fair and rodeo in the Midwest (Central Kansas Free Fair and Wild Bill Hickok PRCA Rodeo).

There will be lots to see and do so you may want to spend more time than just the days of the NCPR. The deal is made with the fair board and they have welcomed us with open arms.

If you would like to come as a contestant or a spectator, contact Geff Dawson, geff@ranchcowboy.com or call 785-765-2357 and we will get you hooked up. You're not going to want to miss this event. We have several special guests coming to judge and entertain, and contestants can win thousands of dollars and prizes. Entries are open now.

Update, March, 2015

The National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo has launched a web site for the event: ncpr.us. The organizers comment, "You can view and print the rules and entry forms and watch for pictures and bios of the contestants as they are gathered up. Entries are rolling in so be sure to get your entries in as soon as possible as they are limited."

Update, April, 2015

Rodeo judges have been announced: cowboy poet and songwriter Jay Snider; poet and NCPR originator Sam Jackson; poet and NCPR veteran judge and co-organizer Ed Nesselhuf; Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss; and KFRM General Manager Kyle Bauer. Find more about each at ncpr.us.

Read an April 6, 2015 press release about the event from the Salina Post.

 

Like the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo on Facebook


The 2013 International Rodeo (postponed)

International Cowboy Poetry Rodeo—Bush Poetry vs Cowboy Poetry



 

... was to be held October, 2013 in  Morriset, NSW, Australia

and has been postponed.

The International Written Competition went forward. Find results here.

The 2012 Rodeo
....held August 16-18, 2012 in Kanab, Utah

Reports from Sam Jackson and Jim Cathey, with photos

2012 Results

The 2011 Rodeo

.... held August 18-20, 2011 in Kanab, Utah


Susan Parker's report with photos by Susan Parker, Jeri Dobrowski, and Stella Cathey

 


2011 Results
 

2011 Participants
 

2011 Judges
 



National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo on Facebook
 



2011 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo dedicated to the memory of Colen Sweeten
 

The 2010 Rodeo

Report and photos separate page

Winners, finalists and photos

September 17-18, 2010
Montrose, Colorado

Roster to date

2010 buckles and trophy plaques



The 2009 Rodeo

Report and Photos

2009 Rodeo DVDs

Results—Preliminary Report

Information and Announcement

"A Premier Workshop" by Sam Jackson

The San Juan Western Heritage Festival

2009 Participants

Live Broadcast

The 2007 Rodeo

Photos and results

A special "Thank You" to the riders and fans from MaryJo Grill

Smoke Wade's report and photos separate page

Slim McNaught's report and photos separate page

More photos and links separate page

The National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo logo competition and finalists

Sam Jackson receives award

The 2006 Rodeo

Winners
The participants

The 2005 Rodeo

 Stories and photos (separate page)
Winners and Judges

Western Legends Roundup Receives Official Recognition
Story and photos

About the 2004 Cowboy Poetry Rodeo

Story and photos (separate page)
Winners and Judges

Call for Poets and more info

The 2003 Cowboy Poetry Rodeo and Western Legends Roundup

Story and photos (separate page)


The 2002 Cowboy Poetry Rodeo and Western Legends Roundup

Reports About the Event (separate page):

The Poetry Workshop
The Competition 
2002 Purse Winners
What the Competitors Say About the Event
Western Legends Roundup Events and Evening Shows


The 2001 Rodeo
Commentary and results here at the BAR-D


What is Cowboy Poetry and How do You Write It?
articles by Sam Jackson with poetry and commentary 


Sam Jackson and his own award-winning poetry
 here at the BAR-D


Sam Jackson's essay about Competition among Cowboy Poets
 here at the BAR-D


Andy Nelson's essay, I Am a Convert, about competition, inspired by the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo
 here
at the BAR-D


The 2013 Rodeo:

From Sam Jackson (January 17, 2013):

Howdy cowboy poets and fans,

We figure to take a new twist with this year's rodeo (the 17th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo) by holding it in conjunction with the Kane County Fair in beautiful Long Valley (Mount Carmel, Orderville and Glendale) Utah, August 16-17, 2013.

The location is just over the hill from Zion National Park, the facilities are brand spankin’ new, the weather is mild and we’re right in the middle of a ranching, farming, community of mighty fine country folk.

The poets and guest will be staying at the East Zion Best Western Thunderbird lodge at Mount Carmel Junction, located approximately 6 miles from the fair. For those without transportation, there will be a shuttle running every hour.

A number of events will be going on up and down the valley over the two days:

A Cowboy Poetry Rodeo; animal displays and judging, plus all of the normal fair booths and goings on. There will be an antique car show; golf tournament; outdoor entertainment stages; a Friday night headliner show( staffed entirely by NCPR riders); a Saturday night stock rodeo and much more, I think they will eventtry to squeeze in a dance somewhere along the line.

Now for the “icing on the cake,” Hal Cannon (www.halcannon.com) will be spending both days entertaining and rubbing elbows with us. Suppose I don’t have to mention that Hal, by starting the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada back in 1985, is considered to be the father of the present day cowboy poetry movement in North America. So come on out and shake the hand of the man responsible for resurrecting this genre that is becoming so important to our American heritage.

Contact me for a rodeo entry form. I’d like to show our new sponsors (and others) that cowboy poetry at the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo is as good as it gets! Don’t want to compete? Drop on by anyhow, love to jaw with you.

                                                                                                               Best regards, Sam and the NCPR crew

PS: You can contact me at 435-899-1100 or at
last2camp@kanab.net

PPS: The International Cowboy Poetry Rodeo will be held October 17-19, 2013 at Morisset NSW Australia. Great chance for that once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Can’t afford air fair and can’t swim? Then enter the written competition and get your name up in Australian lights!
 


The 2013 International Rodeo:



  

UPDATE APRIL 15, 2013

The event has been postponed (though the written competition remains active). From Carol Heuchan:

My valued friends in U.S.,

I am afraid I have some sad news to relay. Our club's super secretary, Trevor Harragon, has been diagnosed with cancer and is in hospital
undergoing surgery. His future involvement with our club, and particularly our function on 18-20 October, will be doubtful. Although a lot of work has been done, there remains a lot more to do and I am unable to do it alone (our trusty treasurer moved interstate as well).

On top of that, while I have been on tour performing in US (and promoting the Rodeo) over the last couple of months, Trevor's unexpected ill health has, understandably, meant that he has been unable to follow up on sponsorship prospectus leads.
Hunter Bush Poets had a meeting last night and, with much regret, made the decision to postpone our International Cowboy Poetry Rodeo planned for 2013. We thank everyone for their support and sincerely regret the inconvenience.

HOWEVER, the International Cowboy Poetry Rodeo WRITTEN Competition will continue!
So get those entries in (form below).

And start saving to come to Oz next year.
 

The original announcement:

National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo organizer Sam Jackson and Australian poet and rancher Carol Heuchan have announced that the International Cowboy Poetry Rodeo—Bush Poetry vs Cowboy Poetry will take place October 18-20, 2013 in Morriset, New South Wales, Australia.

Tours are planned for American and Canadian participants the week before the competition begins. The event will include an international panel of judges, an opening night classics section, music, and a Bush dance, along with the competition.

Additional details are forthcoming.

See our feature about the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo
here.

For more information, contact Sam Jackson
at: 4675 E. Vermillion Ave., Kanab Utah, 84741; (435) 644-5446 evenings; 644-5444 days; 899-1100 anytime (just about); last2camp@kanab.net.


International Written Competition

Hunter Bush Poets Inc. presents… 

 2013 International Written Poetry Competition  

         Section 1 :  Serious       Entry $10 per poem

         Section 2 :  Humorous    Entry $10 per poem

                  Critiquing is offered for an additional $10 per poem

                                               Prize money and awards will be announced soon!

1.)    Poetry must have regular, consistent meter and rhyme. Qualified judges will mark for story, rhythm and correct rhyme (allowance being made for accepted U.S. or Australian pronunciation).  The degree of difficulty of the metric and/or rhyming pattern, the imagery, impact, appropriate use of vernacular, word use, grammar, spelling, punctuation, presentation, etc. may be taken into consideration as would be expected in a literary competition. Material which is deemed by judges to be inappropriate or offensive is unacceptable.    

2.)    This whole event is for Bush Poetry or Cowboy Poetry. For the purposes of this competition only, all poems must have a rural theme e.g. primary industry activities, animal husbandry, farming, the bush, the outback, mining, logging, droving, bushrangers, the West, ranching, outlaws, country life or country characters in various settings - cowboys, Indians, shepherds, loggers, miners, farmers, station hands, rouseabouts, jill/jackeroos, ranchers, rangers and other similar trades and occupations. Poems can feature ‘country characters in urban settings’ as well as ‘urban characters in country settings,’ - past present or future. 

3.)    Poems must be the original work of the author alone.

4.)    Poems which have won a first prize in a written competition or which have been published for monetary gain are ineligible.

5.)    There will be a limit of 120 lines (on the basis that judges tend to doze off.)

6.)    Poems must be typed (on one side only) in plain font (or handwritten), with no drawings, pictures, or identifying marks

7.)    Each poem will require a cover sheet stating the name of the poem, S for Serious or H for Humorous, the name of the author, and contact details. Each author will also need to complete an entry form listing poems and amount paid and full contact details. 

8.)    Entrants who would like their poem critiqued must mark the cover sheet of that poem accordingly and include the $10 per poem fee and suitable self addressed envelope (stamped for Aust., $3 to cover postage back to U.S.).

 

                                             ENTRY FORM                           ENTRIES CLOSE 18th SEPTEMBER, 2013

Name……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Address………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

………………………………………………………………………zip/post code………………….country…………

 

email address…………………………………………………………phone……………………………………………

 

Title/s of Poem/s      (mark H or S) ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

I have read the conditions of entry and certify that each entry complies.  Signed……………………………………….

No. poems entered…………...@ $10 each equals………

No. poems to be critiqued……@ $10 each (plus $3 to U.S.) equals……….                                                                                                                               

                                 TOTAL of Chq. or M/o to Hunter Bush Poets Inc., included $...........................

Postal address:  Trevor Harragon, Secretary ICPR,
6 Dalmeny Drive, Macquarie Hills. NSW  2285   Australia.                  enq:  tharragon@bigpond.com

 


The 2012 Rodeo

 

Find reports from Sam Jackson and Jim Cathey, with photos, here.

 

2012 Results

From Sam Jackson:

2012 NCPR Winners,   Purse -- $5,346            

Rising Stars Division:

            Poet Serious:                1st      Bob Skelton, (Australia)   $$  +  Silver Buckle

                                             2nd      Francine Robinson, (OK)   $$

                                             3rd       Jim Cathey, (TX)            $$

                                             4th       Almeda Bradshaw, (MT)   $$

 

            Poet Humorous:            1st      Jim Cathey                      $$   +   Silver Buckle

                                             2nd     Francine Robison               $$                   

                                             3rd      Del Gustafson, (WA)          $$

                                             4th     Duke Aiken, (UT,MX)          $$

 
            Reciter Serious:           1st      Jim Cathey                       $$   +  Silver Buckle

                                            2nd     Hal Hamblin (UT)                $$

                                            3rd      Bob Skelton                      $$

                                            4th     Almeda Bradshaw                $$


             Reciter Humorous        1st     Jim Cathey                         $$  +  Silver Buckle

                                            2nd     Dennis Hunter                     $$       

                                            3rd     Rus Westwood (NV)              $$

                                            4th     Hal Hamblin                         $$ 

Silver Buckle Division:

             Poet Serious:             1st     Doug Keller,  (UT)                  $$  +   Trophy

                                            2nd    Bob Skelton                          $$

                                            3rd    Dick Warwick, (WA)                $$

                                            4th    Dennis Hunter, (CO)                $$


             Poet Humorous:          1st    Doug Keller                            $$  +    Trophy

                                            2nd   Dick Warwick                         $$

                                            3rd    Dennis Hunter                       $$

                                            4th    Del Gustafson                       $$

 
            Reciter Serious            1st    Doug Keller                            $$  +    Trophy

                                           2nd    Dick Warwick                         $$

                                           3rd     Bob Skelton                          $$                   

                                           4th    Dennis Hunter                        $$


             Reciter Humorous       1st    Dick Warwick                          $$  +    Trophy

                                           2nd    Doug Keller                            $$

                                           3rd    Jim Cathey                             $$

                                           4th    Dennis Hunter                        $$

 All Around Cowoboy Poet         Jim Cathey      $ 1,274                    $$  +    Trophy
 


Winners Bob Skelton, Jim Cathey, Doug Keller, and Dick Warwick

 


 

 From National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo director Sam Jackson, May 25, 2012:

Howdy Poetry Rodeo fans;

To past, present and (future?) NCPR riders;

Just 80 days and counting to the 16th annual (inter) National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo (August 16-18, 2012) in beautiful downtown Kanab, Utah. Hope you are ready to “get-er-done.” The silver buckles and trophies are ordered and the prize money’s in the strong box just waiting for a good home.

Looks like any poets and musicians wanting to showcase their talents outside of the rodeo will have more opportunities this year than in the past. In addition to openings on the Western Legends outdoor stages during the day and the winners on the Saturday night headliner show, we have been invited to participate in the Kane County Fair taking place on the same week end just a few miles north in Orderville, Utah. Although we are still working out the details, it looks like they want NCPR poets and musicians to put on a Friday evening show (a paid gig for the performers) then following the show, everyone is invited to stay for the live music Western dance. Sounds like a great time and transportation will be furnished between Kanab and Orderville.

This year's rodeo looks to be one of the best groups ever with poets from across the USA plus a Bush Poet from Down Under and possibly riders from our friends to the North. However, we still have a few vacancies so if you know someone who might like to get in—or if you may want to add events to your schedule, get back with me soon.

Contact Sam Jackson at: 4675 E. Vermillion Ave., Kanab Utah, 84741; (435) 644-5446 evenings; 644-5444 days; 899-1100 anytime (just about); last2camp@kanab.net.
 


The 2011 Rodeo

 


Find additional photos by Jeri Dobrowski, including the group photo, at her gallery here, where copies are available.

 


photo by Susan Parker
2011 Winners
Dick Warwick, B.J. Smith, Orvil Sears, Keith Ward
C.R. Wood, Paul Bliss



Find Susan Parker's report with photos by Susan Parker, Jeri Dobrowski, and Stella Cathey here

 


2011 Results (unofficial)

Following are the top four scorers, in order, in each division. The top four in each division receive prize money, except in cases where fewer than four advanced to the final round:

RISING STARS DIVISION

Poet/Serious
 
Paul Bliss
  Almeda Bradshaw
  B.J. Smith
  Dick Warwick

Poet/Humorous
 
Dick Warwick
  B.J. Smith
  Tim Jenne
  David Nordquist

Reciter/Serious
 
Dick Warwick
 
Paul Bliss
 
Terry Nash
 
Almeda Bradshaw

Reciter/Humorous
  Orvil Sears
  Dick Warwick
  Paul Bliss
 
David Nordquist

SILVER BUCKLE DIVISION
(previous winners and those who chose to compete with them)

Poet/Serious
 
Dick Warwick
  B.J. Smith
 
C.R.Wood
 
Verlin Pitt

Poet/Humorous
 
B.J. Smith
  Dick Warwick
  Keith Ward
  C.R. Wood

Reciter/Serious
  C.R. Wood

  Keith Ward
 
Dick Warwick

Reciter/Humorous
 
Keith Ward

  Orvil Sears
  C.R. Wood


There was also a final "SHOOTOUT" competition, which anyone could enter. Each entrant recites an original humorous poem and an original serious poem. Entrants each pay $200 and the top two scorers receive prize money. Winners were:

C.R. Wood
Paul Bliss
 


 

August 18-20, 2011
14th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo   Kanab, Utah

From Sam Jackson:

Its fourteenth season will see the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo once again surrounded by the beautiful red rock hills of Kanab Utah.

The 2011 eventwill take place in the Old Barn Theater, August 18, 19th and 20th, in conjunction with the Western Legends Round-up festival.

This looks to be the biggest and best rodeo ever, sponsored by the Kane County Utah office on tourism, Ceba (Commission on education, business and arts), The Kane County Commission and private donors.

An additional note of interest: Kanab is centrally located among several major Southern Utah/Northern Arizona attractions making it and ideal place for a family vacation while attending the rodeo.

Zion National Park--- 30 miles
Grand Staircase National Monument---15 miles
Bryce Canyon National Park---75 miles
Lake Powell---70 miles
Grand Canyon, North rim---80 miles

Contact:

Sam Jackson
Producer, National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo
4675 E. Vermillion Ave.
Kanab Utah, 84741
 

(435) 644-5446 evenings

644-5444 days

899-1100 anytime (just about)

last2camp@kanab.net

 


2011 Participants

 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo (NCPR) organizer and poet Sam Jackson has announced the roster of participating poets for the 14th annual National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo. The event takes place August 18-20, 2011 in Kanab, Utah, in conjunction with the Western Legends Roundup.

The poets, who come from 12 states and 3 countries, are Duke Aiken, Paul Bliss, Almeda Terry Bradshaw J.V. Brummels, Marlene Bussma, Jim Cathey, Jan Corey, J.B. Gans, Del Gustafson, Hal Hamblin, Donna Hatton, Tom Hatton, Dennis Hunter, Tim Jenne, Mark Kerr, Susie Knight, Terry Nash, David Nordquist, Laurali Noteman, Verlin Pitt, Francine Roark Robison, Orvil Sears, B.J. Smith, Keith Ward, Dick Warwick, Loren Wendt, and C.R. Wood.

Respected poet and author Rod Miller will present a poetry workshop at the event, before the competition begins.

The National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, driven by the concept of "excellence through competition," is fashioned after a stock rodeo, "with an overriding goal of advancing the genre of cowboy poetry to a degree benefitting both performer and audience."

Participants updated 8/22


2011 Judges

National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo (NCPR) organizer and poet Sam Jackson has announced the judges for the 14th annual National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo:  Montana journalist, photographer, and Cowboy Jam Session columnist Jeri Dobrowski; Colorado poet, writer, and former Cowboy Magazine editor and publisher Darrell Arnold; Utah writer and poet Rod Miller; South Dakota poet, retired pastor, and long-time NCPR judge foreman Ed Nesselhuf; and noted Western writer and Kanab, Utah city councilman Ed Meyers, creator of the Writers of the Purple Sage series of writers' retreats.

 


Honoring Colen Sweeten


photo courtesy of Jeri L. Dobrowski

 

National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo organizer and poet Sam Jackson has announced that the 14th annual National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo will be dedicated to the memory of beloved Utah poet, Colen Sweeten (1917-2007).

With a long involvement in the Rodeo, including presiding over popular workshops, Colen Sweeten was the recipient of numerous awards and accolades; he was called "Western America's Will Rogers."

Raised on a southern Idaho ranch, he began writing poetry long before it was known as "cowboy poetry. He published four books of his poetry and his short articles and poems appeared in
Readers Digest and other publications. He made many radio and television appearances (including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson) and performed at many gatherings across the West. He attended all but one of the Western Folklife Center's National Cowboy Poetry Gatherings.

Among his awards and recognitions were a Fellowship in Literature from The Idaho Commission on the Arts; the
American West Heritage Pioneer Skill Preservation award from the American West Heritage Foundation; and the Esto Perpetua Award from the Idaho Historical Society.

A friend and a favorite to all who knew him, Colen Sweeten died August 15, 2007. He had an enormous repertoire of poems, stories, wisdom, and humor. He always had a kind and cheerful word for all, and as he often said, so many friends that he "wasn't even using them all."

Find some of Colen Sweeten's poetry in our feature here and tributes here.


The 14th National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, driven by the concept of "excellence through competition," takes place August 18-20, 2011 in Kanab, Utah, in conjunction with the Western Legends Roundup. The Rodeo will include a presentation by Colen Sweeten's son, Colen Sweeten III, along with a commemorative display. Additional related activities will be announced.

 

 

[photo of Colen Sweeten by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here.]

Posted 1/17
 

 


The 2010 Rodeo

 

  The thirteenth annual National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo took place in Montrose, Colorado, September 17-18, 2010. The top winners were:

Rising Stars:

Poet Serious: Dale Page, Indiana
Poet Humorous:
Dave Proust, Australia
Reciter Serious:
Steve Porter, South Carolina
Reciter Humorous:
Keith Ward, North Carolina

Silver Buckle (past winners and others who enter to compete with them):

Poet Serious: C.R. Wood, Utah
Poet Humorous:
Doug Keller, Utah
Reciter Serious:
Dave Proust, Australia (won after a tie, in a "rhyme-off" with Linda Kirkpatrick)
Reciter Humorous: C.R. Wood, Utah

Shootout (a winner-take-all competition, where poets recite two original poems, one humorous and one serious):

Dave Proust, Australia


photo by Smoke Wade
Winners Keith Ward, Dave Proust, Steve Porter, Doug Keller, Dale Page, and C.R. Wood


photo by Smoke Wade
2010 Participants

Winners and Top Finalists

Rising Stars, Serious

Dale Page, Indiana  105.5
Paul Harris, New Mexico 103.0
Susie Knight, Colorado 101.5
B.J. Smith, Alberta 99.5

Rising Stars, Humorous

Dave Proust, Australia, 108.5
Keith Ward, North Carolina 102.5
B.J. Smith, Alberta 102.0
Terry Nash, Colorado 97.5


Rising Stars, Reciter Serious

Steve Porter, South Carolina 107.5
Terry Nash, Colorado  105.0
Keith Ward, North Carolina  104.5
Jim Cathey, Texas  101.0


Rising Stars, Reciter Humorous

Keith Ward, North Carolina 105.0
Jan Corey, Arizona 101.5
Jim Cathey, Texas  101.0
J.B. Barber, Idaho 100.5


Silver Buckle, Serious

C.R. Wood, Utah  107.0
Linda Kirkpatrick, Texas 104.0
Doug Keller, Utah  104.0
B.J. Smith, Alberta 100.5


Silver Buckle, Humorous

Doug Keller, Utah  103.5
Dave Proust, Australia 99.5
Bette Wolf Duncan, Iowa 99.0
Jim Cathey, Texas  94.0


Silver Buckle, Reciter Serious

Dave Proust, Texas 109.5*
C.R. Wood, Utah 108.5
Linda Kirkpatrick, Texas 107.5*
Doug Keller, Utah 106.0

* Proust and Kirkpatrick tied at first at 109.5 and the final result was
decided in a rhyme-off


Silver Buckle, Reciter Humorous

C.R. Wood, Utah 107
Doug Keller, Utah 106.5
Jim Cathey, Texas 104.0
Linda Kirkpatrick, Texas 102


Shootout

Dave Proust, Australia  110.5
C.R. Wood, Utah   109.5
Dale Page, Indiana  108
 

See a report and photos here.


September 16-18, 2010
13th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo   Montrose, Colorado


San Juan Western Heritage Festival   Montrose, Colorado
 

From the organizations' joint media release, July 12, 2010:

The 13th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo returns to Montrose, Colorado, September 17-18, 2010. Held in conjunction with the San Juan Western Heritage Festival, events take place at the historic Turn of the Century Saloon, 117 North 4th Street. Along with the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, the Festival will feature  live entertainment—including a Saturday evening show with Jerry Brooks opening for top singer and songwriter Brenn Hill

 

The purpose of the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo is “Excellence through competition.” The announcer will, once again, be the well-known cowboy poet and events organizer Smoke Wade. The judging team will be led by 13-year National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo veteran, the one and only “Prairie Pastor,” Ed Nesselhuf and include Darrell Arnold, poet, author, photographer, and long-time editor and publisher of Cowboy magazine; the notoriously funny and talented cowgirl poet, Sam DeLeeuw; one of Western America’s most admired cowgirl poets and author, artist, and teacher Jo Lynne Kirkwood; and the man who started the Western Legends Roundup, one of Americas premier Western festivals, Dennis Judd. 

 

This year the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo takes on an international flavor with cowboy poets from 12 states, Canada and Australia competing for approximately $6000.00 in prize money, silver buckles, trophies and a year's worth of bragging rights. Poets compete, on stage, in a stock rodeo format. With numbers on their backs, judges, and a rodeo announcer, the poets spur their "rides," (their poems) as they compete in 9 different events, giving each contestant a golden opportunity to see how they really stack up against their peers. There will be a Friday night show featuring cowboy poets and musical acts.

 

Saturday, September 18, the top 50 percent of the competing cowboy poets advance to the final round. Following the finals, a Cowboy Poetry Shoot-out will be held, as top ranked cowboy poets compete for the title, "Best in the West." Poets interested in registering for the NCPR may contact Sam Jackson,  last2camp@kanab.net  (435) 644-5459 or (435) 899-1100.

 

A headliner and awards show will take place on Saturday evening featuring the winners of the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo along with popular western singer and songwriter, Brenn Hill.

 

While in Montrose, poets and families will enjoy the Western Colorado Experience, which includes Black Canyon; Ute Indian Museum; Western History Museum; Ouray—“the Switzerland of America”; and other attractions. Many will take home memories and local products from historic downtown Montrose.

 

The San Juan Healthcare Foundation is the major sponsor and the fundraiser proceeds will go to the Caring Friends Fund for patients at the San Juan Cancer Center. 

 

Roster, as of September 17, 2010:

JB Barber—Genesee, Idaho
Branden BrianLoa, Utah
Caib BrianLoa, Utah
Cathy BrianLoa, Utah
Scott Bumgardner
Houston Texas
Jim CatheyMarlin, Texas
Jan M. CoreyMesa, Arizona
Betty Wolf DuncanRunnells, Iowa
Del GustafsonDuval, Washington
Paul HarrisRociada, New Mexico
Dennis L. HunterGrand Junction, Colorado
Doug KellerKanab, Utah
Mark KerrIvins, Utah
Linda KirkpatrickLeakey, Texas
Suzie Knight
Evergreen, Colorado
Dick MortonMesa, Arizona
Jane MortonMesa, Arizona
Dale PageMonrovia, Indiana
Steve PorterFountain Inn, South Carolina
David ProustForrest Beach, Queensland, Australia
Joe RydenGreeley, Colorado
Bryan (B.J.) SmithDiamond City, Alberta, Canada
Keith WardVilas, North Carolina
C.R. WoodElsinore, Utah
 

2010 buckles and trophy plaques

 

Dan Geolfos, of Geolfos Silversmiths in Hotchkiss, Colorado designed and crafted the buckles, and worked with the Trophy Shop, in Delta, Colorado, for the beautiful trophy plaque design.
 

 


  National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo producer Sam Jackson has announced that the 2010 event will take place in Montrose, Colorado on September 17-18, 2010, in conjunction with the San Juan Western Heritage Festival.


From Sam Jackson, May 18, 2010:

Howdy Bard Pards (and other interested folks),  

 

Four months from tonight we’ll be sitting in the Turn of the Century Saloon in beautiful down town Montrose Colorado, as our favorite emcee,  Mr. Smoke Wade, introduces poets and musicians who will be entertaining at the Saturday night Headliner Show and I will be handing out trophies and checks for over $6,000 to the Rodeo winners.

 

The Turn of the Century Saloon is located in beautiful downtown Montrose Colorado just West of highway 50, only a couple of blocks from the main business district.  It is an absolutely magnificent Western facility that will add an authentic “Old West” atmosphere to our event. 

 

Don’t have a “hard” schedule as yet, but in general, beginning around 1 PM Thursday at the Saloon, riders can pick up their welcome packets and join in a workshop, after which, we will draw for “Ride Times” followed by an evening, NCPR hosted, “Get acquainted” party, catered by Pine Cone catering. 

 

The Rodeo’s first go-round will start Friday morning at 8 AM sharp, running until around 5, followed by a Friday night show featuring NCPR talent.

 

Saturday morning, same start schedule for the second go-round followed by the “Shoot-out,” the day ending end with the Saturday night Headliner show, once again showcasing the rodeo winners along with some musical talents. 

 

Sunday morning at am, Cowboy church, (location TBD)

 

The San Juan Western Heritage Festival will have their booths and other entertainment events located on the property along side the Saloon facilities. We should end up with an event enjoyable for the entire family and community.

 

Best regards from yer ol’ (and getting’ ol’er) corral boss, 

Sammy Jackson  

 

PS: Take a look at these web sites and the Black Canyon Motel is giving us discount rates again this year.

 

 

PPS:  Questions??? e-mail or give me a call at (435) 899-1100, 644-5444 (days) or 64-5459 (evenings)

 

Posted 5/24

 


The 2009 Rodeo 

Report and Photos

 

  We have a report (written with the assistance of Smoke Wade and with photos by Almeda Terry, Dick Morton, Dawn Dawson, Kent B. Broyhill, Smoke Wade, and Byrl Keith Chadwell) from the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo and San Juan Western Heritage Festival that took place in September, 2009 in Montrose, Colorado.

Find the complete results and photos in our report here.


photo by Dawn Dawson
Geff Dawson


2009 Rodeo DVDs

Professional video of the finals and a "Shootout" competition at the 2009 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo are available on three DVDs.

Find a report and photos from the event here.

The 2009 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo DVDs—all proceeds go toward the rodeoare available for $34 postpaid from: Sam Jackson, Producer; National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo; 4675 E. Vermillion Ave.; Kanab Utah, 84741; last2camp@kanab.net
 


Results—Preliminary Report


The National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo took place September 10-12, 2009 in Montrose, Colorado. The winners in each category were:

Rising Stars, serious original poetry: Al "Doc" Mehl
    Second place:
C.R. Wood
Rising Stars, humorous original poetry:
C.R. Wood
    Second place:
Al "Doc" Mehl
Rising Stars, serious reciter:
C.R. Wood
     Second place:
Duane Nelson
Rising Stars, humorous reciter:
C.R. Wood
     Second place:
Keith Ward

The Rising Stars category was open to first-time participants:

Silver Buckle, serious original poetry: Geff Dawson
     Second place: Slim Farnsworth
Silver Buckle
, humorous original poetry: Slim Farnsworth
     Second place:
Geff Dawson
Silver Buckle, serious reciter: Jerry Brooks
     Second place: Geff Dawson
Silver Buckle, humorous reciter: Slim Farnsworth
     Second place:
Geff Dawson

The Silver Buckle category was open to previous winners and all others.

The winner of a final "shootout" match was Geff Dawson.

The unique event was conceived by and is produced by poet Sam Jackson, who believes in "excellence through competition." The participants for the 2009 rodeo were: J.B. Barber (Idaho), Marci Broyhill (Nebraska), Jerry Brooks (Utah), Jim Cardwell (California), Jim Cathey (Texas), Keith Chadwell (Oregon), Jan M. Corey (Arizona), Geff Dawson (Kansas), Betty Wolf Duncan (Iowa), Slim Farnsworth (Colorado), Janice Gilbertson (California), Del Gustafson (Washington), Lee Kimberlain (Colorado), Al "Doc" Mehl (Colorado), Dick Morton (Colorado), Jane Morton (Colorado), Duane Nelson (Oregon), Orvil Sears (Washington), Cade Schalla (Texas), Don Sims (Wyoming), Bryan Smith (Alberta), Kip Sorlie (South Dakota), Almeda Terry (Montana), Keith Ward (North Carolina), and C.R. Wood (Utah).

The National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo was held in conjunction with the San Juan Western Heritage Festival.


 

Preliminary Information

The 2009 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo will be held September 10-12, 2009, in  Montrose, Colorado. The rodeo will team up with Tough Enough To Wear Pink and the San Juan Healthcare Foundation in the San Juan Western Heritage Festival to raise money for the local cancer center. 

From Sam Jackson:

The National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo will be held this coming September 10th,11th,12th, In Montrose Colorado.
 

              Win

Silver Buckles

Trophies

$6,000 in prize money

12 months of braggin'  rights                

                         Perform in the Headliner shows.

 Support a world class charity

 

             While

Vacationing in one of America's most spectacular western landscapes

 

All proceeds from the rodeo will be donated to the San Juan Colorado Health Care Foundation, to help in the fight against Breast Cancer.

 

For information on Montrose Colorado  www.visitmontrose.net

 

If interested in signing up or for more information, please contact:

 

Sam Jackson
Producer, National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo
4675 E. Vermillion Ave.
Kanab Utah, 84741
 

(435) 644-5446 evenings

644-5444 days

899-1100 anytime (just about)

last2camp@kanab.net

 


 

A Premier Workshop

The National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo (NCPR) is looking for a "Few Good Poets" who might like to enhance their writing, reciting and entertaining skills while winning a few dollars and gaining some pretty good publicity.

 

"Excellence through competition" is our theme and over the last dozen years has certainly proven its effectiveness. Among this year's (’09) featured performers at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko were ten who have competed in the NCPR, five of them silver buckle winners, and just about every one of them will tell you that competition enhanced their skills.

 

I realize that not everyone is up to poetry competition. I spoke recently with one fellow who carried a pretty dim view of poetry contests. "Well now," sez I, "If this were just a cowboy poetry contest I'd throw in with you, however the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo is much more than just a contest, it’s a premier learning experience,  the absolute best workshop you could ever imagine. The highest score, or who’s the best poet, isn’t what it’s about.  This competition is specifically designed to make 'fair poets good' and 'good poets better!' It's an event that allows the poet, by participating or just watching, to gain a host of new ways of improving their expertise.  Our unique approach is to pit the skills of one poet against those of another in such a manner as to further develop the talents of both, with an over-riding goal of advancing the genre of cowboy poetry to a degree benefiting both performer and audience.”

 

Now here’s a surprise: There are those among us who may not be (quite) so good as their wife, mother or hired hands would have them believe.  For that group, this is where "The hoof meets the trail" (my metaphor—you could tell?). This is where we find out how we stack up against our peers, where we get a good look at ourselves through the eyes of  folks not setting at our table. Yes, some feelings will get hurt,  a few to the extent they give up performing (or at least competing) but most say "Whoa—I can do better" and they do, but either way both the genre and audience come out ahead. Perhaps we could call the process a “Verbicide.

 

The vast majority use the experience to watch, listen, learn and improve, and by taking that approach, there are no losers! Those not scoring in the money have won something far more valuable: knowledge!  So if they are smart (and most cowboy poets are) they now have the tools for improving their writing, reciting, stage presence and total performance, putting themselves in greater demand  as entertainers, which in turn gleans a bigger audience, eventually bringing with them their friends and their friends' friends—Get the picture? 

 

© 2009, Sam Jackson

 

 


Media release:

San Juan Western Heritage Festival &
National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo


The San Juan Western Heritage Festival will be held September 11 and 12, 2009 at the Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive in Montrose, Colorado. The Festival will feature the 12th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, live entertainment, and western Colorado arts and specialty products.

Friday, September 11, highlights the world's only Cowboy Poetry Rodeo from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Thirty cowboy poets from 13 Western states and Canada will compete for $6000 in prize money, silver buckles, trophies and a year's worth of bragging rights. Poets compete, on stage, in a stock rodeo format. With numbers on their backs, judges and a rodeo announcer, the poets spur their "rides" (their poems) as they compete in 9 different events. There will be a Friday night show featuring cowboy poets and musical acts, many from western Colorado.

Saturday, September 12, the top 50 percent of the competing cowboy poets advance to the final round starting at 8:00 a.m. at the event center. Following the finals, a Cowboy Poetry Shoot-out will be held, as top ranked cowboy poets compete for the title, "Best in the West." Poets interested in registering for the NCPR may contact Sam Jackson, last2camp@kanab.net  (435) 644-5459 or (435) 899-1100.

A headliner and awards show will take place on Saturday evening featuring the winners of the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo along with country singer, Gary Lear and his Nashville Band. www.garylearmusic.com

While in Montrose, participants will enjoy the Western Colorado Experience (Black Canyon, Ute Indian Museum, Ouray - Switzerland of America). Many will take home memories and local handmade products. There will be a raffle on a Western quilt. And no rodeo or western festival would be complete without taking home a handmade stick horse made and painted by a local artist.

The San Juan Healthcare Foundation is the major sponsor and the fundraiser proceeds will go to Caring Friends Fund for patients at the San Juan Cancer Center.

For more information go to www.sjwesternfestival.com, fsmiles@bresnan.net, or call Francie Smiles, (970)-252-2814. 


2009 Participants

The participants for the 2009 rodeo have been announced: J.B. Barber (Idaho), Marci Broyhill (Nebraska), Jerry Brooks (Utah), Jim Cardwell (California), Jim Cathey (Texas), Keith Chadwell (Oregon), Jan M. Corey (Arizona), Geff Dawson (Kansas), Betty Wolf Duncan (Iowa), Slim Farnsworth (Colorado), Janice Gilbertson (California), Del Gustafson (Washington), Lee Kimberlain (Colorado), Al "Doc" Mehl (Colorado), Dick Morton (Colorado), Jane Morton (Colorado), Duane Nelson (Oregon), Orvil Sears (Washington), Cade Schalla (Texas), Don Sims (Wyoming), Bryan Smith (Alberta), Kip Sorlie (South Dakota), Almeda Terry (Montana), Keith Ward (North Carolina), and C.R. Wood (Utah).

Judges are Ed Nesselhuf (South Dakota), Chuck Hazlett (South Dakota), Verlin Pitt (Wyoming), Darrell Arnold (Colorado), and Sam DeLeeuw (Utah). Smoke Wade (Nevada) will be the rodeo announcer.


Live Broadcast

 

From co-host Tamara Boatright of Ralph's Back Porch:

Ralph's Back Porch will be at it again! Ralph and Tamara will be bringing us more live event coverage from the San Juan Western Heritage Festival and National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12.

Around the world folks can listen in as our favorites and friends compete for the silver buckle. Listeners can look forward to interviews and performances by Sam Jackson, Ed Nesselhuf, Darrell Arnold, Sam DeLeeuw, Verlin Pitt, Smoke Wade Jan Corey, Jim Cardwell, Cade Shalla, Marcie Broyhill, J.V. Brummels, Almeda Terry, Al Mehl, Jerry Brooks, Geff Dawson and a host of other talented individuals.
 
Their broadcast schedule will be:
 
Friday 1 pm - 4 pm MST (or 2 pm - 6 pm Texas time) Live show coverage with open mic
         7 pm - 9 pm MST (or 8 pm - 10 pm Texas Time) Headliner event with local Western Colorado Talent
 
Saturday 1 pm -4 pm MST (or 2 pm - 6 pm Texas Time) Live show coverage with open mic
             7 pm - 9 pm MST (or 8 pm - 10 pm Texas Time) Evening Show with Gary Lear and his Nashville Band
             as well as awards
 
To listen, go to www.ralphsbackporch.com the broadcast will be coming from the ustream box on the center of the page and volume can be adjusted there. Folks at home are encouraged to click the "chat" button to join other listeners in the worldwide chat room.

 


The 2007 Rodeo 

Some Photos and Results

The 10th annual Badger Clark Hometown Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering hosted the 10th annual National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, in Hot Springs, South Dakota, on September 28-29, 2007. The hospitality of event organizer MaryJo Grill, Chamber of Commerce Director George Kotti, and the entire community was extended to poets from 13 states. Poet Sam Jackson conceived the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, based on his belief in "excellence through competition."  Over $6,000 in prize money was distributed.


National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo contestants, officials, and others pose following conclusion of rodeo.
photo by
Jeri Dobrowski, obtain permission for reproduction rights
from Jeri L. Dobrowski, 1471 Carlyle Road, Beach, ND 58621 email  406-795-8168
To order, go to http://jeridobrowski.smugmug.com/gallery/3574291


Participants included Rich Bellert, Excelsior, Minnesota; Marty Blocker (Merriman, Nebraska); Marci Broyhill (Dakota City, Nebraska);
Scott Hill Bumgardner (Houston, Texas); Ken Chrissley (Powell, Wyoming); Ken Cook (Martin, South Dakota); John Crabtree (Newcastle, Wyoming); Van Criddle (Eugene, Oregon); Glen Enloe (Independence, Missouri); Slim Farnsworth (Paonia, Colorado); Kenny Hall, Tropic, Utah; Don Hilmer (South Dakota); Willard Hollopeter (Wood Lake, Nebraska); Doug Keller (Kanab, Utah); Paul Kern (Sandy, Utah); Linda Kirkpatrick (Leakey, Texas); Bonnie Krogman (Wood, South Dakota); Ron McDaniel, Sulphur Springs, Arkansas; Slim McNaught (New Underwood, South Dakota); Rod Nichols (Missouri City, Texas); Susan Parker (Benicia, California), Michael Robinson (Draper, Utah), Jerry Simmons (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns (Newcastle, Wyoming); Virginia Taylor (Lockney, Texas); Gordon Thomas, Genola, Utah; Diane Tribitt (Hilman, Minnesota); and Smoke Wade (Mesquite, Nevada). 

Judges were foreman Ed Nesselhuf of Burbank, South Dakota; Yvonne Hollenbeck of Clearfield, South Dakota; Jeri Dobrowski of Beach, North Dakota; Robert Dennis of Red Owl, South Dakota; and Verlin Pitt of Lander, Wyoming.

Among the top winners were Marty Blocker of Merriman, Nebraska; Ken Cook  of Martin, South Dakota; Slim Farnsworth of Paonia, Colorado;  Linda Kirkpatrick of Leakey, Texas; and Andy Nelson of Pinedale, Wyoming. Ken Cook, Slim Farnsworth, and Marty Blocker received silver buckles, and Marty Blocker, Linda Kirkpatrick, and Andy Nelson took home trophy statues.


Marty Blocker, Andy Nelson, Ken Cook, and Linda Kirkpatrick
photo by Jeri Dobrowski, obtain permission for reproduction rights
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Following are the top-four winners for each event, all of whom received cash prizes, ranked by aggregate scores for the event.


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Rising Stars Division  (those who have not won an event in a previous rodeo)

Poet Serious (original poetry)
1st place:
   Ken Cook
2nd place:  Marty Blocker
3rd place:  
Diane Tribitt
4th place:  
Rod Nichols

Poet Humorous (original poetry)
1st place:   Slim Farnsworth  
2nd place:  
Marty Blocker
3rd place:   Ken Cook and Ron McDaniel (tie)
4th place:   John Crabtree

Reciter Serious
1st place:   Marty Blocker
2nd place:   Rich Bellert
3rd place:  
Diane Tribitt
4th place:  
Susan Parker and Virginia Taylor (tie)

Reciter Humorous
1st place:   Marty Blocker
2nd place:  
Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns
3rd place:  
Susan Parker
4th place:
   Paul Kern

 

Silver Buckle Division (those have won an event in a previous rodeo and any other poet/reciter who choses to enter):

Poet Serious (original poetry)
1st place:  
Rod Nichols  
2nd place:  
Linda Kirkpatrick and John Crabtree (tie)
3rd place:  
Van Criddle
4th place:  
Slim McNaught and Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns (tie)

Poet Humorous (original poetry)
1st place:   John Crabtree
2nd place: 
Slim McNaught and Rod Nichols (tie)
3rd place:  
Slim Farnsworth

Reciter Serious
1st place:  
Linda Kirkpatrick
2nd place: 
Van Criddle
3rd place:  
Smoke Wade
4th place:
   Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns

Reciter Humorous
1st place: 
Smoke Wade
2nd place: Doug Keller
3rd place: 
Van Criddle
4th place: 
Linda Kirkpatrick

 

Shoot Out

Following the traditional National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo events, a first-ever "Shoot Out" was held. Each entrant paid a fee and performed a humorous poem and a serious poem. The first-place winner received 75% of the entry fees, and the second-place winner received 25% (rodeo fees were subtracted from totals):

1st place:   Andy Nelson
2nd place:   Ken Cook
 

Sam Jackson provided the following money-winner information:

National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo winners, Hot Springs S.D. 2007

 

Marty Blocker           Merriman, Nebraska                 $1,248             Silver Buckle/Best of the Best Trophy for overall
                                                                                                                      
high money, Rising Stars Division
Ken Cook
                 Martin, South Dakota                  657              Silver Buckle                         
Rod Nichols              Missouri, City Texas                    625             
Slim Farnsworth       Paonia, Colorado                        585               Silver Buckle
Linda Kirkpatrick       Leakey, Texas                           490              Trophy for high money, Silver Buckle Division
John Crabtree           Newcastle, Wyoming                  460
Smoke Wade            Mesquite Nevada                       358
Van Criddle              Eugene, Oregon                         300
Diane Tribitt             Hillman, Minnesota                      278
Rhonda Stearns        Newcastle, Wyoming                   217
Rich Bellert              Excelsior, Minnesota                    200
Susan Parker           Benicia, California                        137
Doug Keller              Kanab, Utah                               137
Ron McDaniel           Sulphur Springs, Arkansas             132
Slim McNaught         New Underwood, South Dakota      120
Paul Kern                 Salt Lake City Utah                      66
Virginia Taylor          Lockney Texas                            40
                                                                        ________

                                                                       $  6,050

10th Anniversary Shoot-Out

Andy Nelson             Pinedale, Wyoming                  $   840  and 1st place Trophy 
Ken Cook                    Martin SD                           $    280  2nd place


A special "Thank You" to the riders and fans from MaryJo Grill

 

Dear 2007 NCPR Poet "Riders" and Fans,

I would personally like to thank all of you for your participation in the 10th annual NCPR held this year in Hot Springs,  SD, in conjunction with our 10th annual Badger Clark Poetry/Music Gathering. What a wonderful group you were to meet and visit with  and how friendly and helpful you were to all of us.

I have received  so many emails and cards from many of you with "thanks" for our part, but we want to send a BIG "THANK YOU" to all of you. So many of you have made me feel like a part of your family and "family" was my main object of how I wanted YOU to feel when you arrived in Hot Springs.  I feel so rich and blessed in the friends that I gained and hope that we will all have a chance to be together again in 2008.

Congratulations to all the Rodeo winners!

Again, thanks to each and every one of you for your part in making  this event such a successful one.

                                                                                                     "Happy Trails Until We Meet Again"
                                                                                                     MaryJo Grill, Program Director


Photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here.
Yvonne Hollenbeck and MaryJo Grill

 


    See reports and photos by Smoke Wade and Slim McNaught and more photos and information on a separate page here.

[photo of Slim McNaught by Jen Dobrowski]

Updated 10/18


National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo Logo Design Competition

 

  

Sam Jackson, producer of the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, has announced the winners of the event's recent logo competition. The winners are: 1st place: Greta Merrick, Boston, Massachusetts, $100; 2nd place: Diane Tribitt<