Hat’s Memories

Dennis Webb manages the Rocker b Ranch in Barnhart, Texas. In one of those situations only understood by, but treasured by, grandsons and granddads, Dennis’ grandson Jake calls him “Hat.” In his narrative, and in his words, Dennis gives us the gift of sharing his best memories from his work as a cowboy.

What Makes a Cowboy?

A few weeks back I spent some time at a rodeo. And, while being a spectator and fan of rodeo is nothing new to me and many of my friends, this particular rodeo was a bit different. While there were a few professional cowboys competing that sunny, warm day, there were many more lawyers, doctors,…

Code of the West

There’s a lot of negative talk about this young generation coming up. The cowboy in the photo above, however, represent some of what’s great about this country by living a heritage every day built on promoting our agricultural roots, providing food and products to an entire nation, and keeping the hope and promise of the American…

Don’t Mess With Cookie

I got to thinking the other day about the people in my personal and professional life who are an absolute necessity for me to get my job done. Is it my since-retired assistant Barbara, affectionately nicknamed “Berber,” with her pleasant demeanor and can-do attitude? Perhaps it’s the talented staff and managers who are on the front line…

Ride For The Brand

In the old west cowboys lived by a code, the code of the west. This code was informal, unwritten, but well-understood by everyone who agreed to live the cowboy life on the open range. One of those unwritten rules, passed by mouth to ear from old cowboys to new ranch hands, was that the cowboy…

Spurs Are For More Than Just Looks

To most any person raised in the city, the cowboy’s jingling spur rowels might appear to be pure pretension, but the spurs to which they are attached are a very necessary part of his equipment. Not that the cowboy doesn’t enjoy the jingle mind you. In fact, long ago cowboys are known to have fastened…

Saddle Your Own Horse

There are likely no more important tools of the trade for the working cowboy than his horse and saddle. While there have been volumes written about horses (as should be the case), comparatively little is written about western saddles. While its purpose is to be a tool for a cowboy who spends all day, every…