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We invite folks to send in reports about gatherings.

Following are reports about events that 
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2005 Reports


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Elko (Nevada) January (separate pages)

Wichita (Kansas) January

Tuscon (Arizona) January

Fort Worth (Texas) January   (separate page)

Lander (Wyoming) February

Sheridan (Wyoming) February

Alpine (Texas) February

Moab (Utah) February

Lordsburg (New Mexico) February

Sierra Vista (Arizona) February

St. George (Utah) February

Lewiston (Idaho) February (separate page)

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January 2005
16th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering  
Arvada, Colorado

story and photos by Yvonne Hollenbeck

January 13-16, 2005 - ARVADA, COLORADO

Sixteen years ago a group of entertainers gathered at the Arvada Center in Arvada, Colorado (nestled just Northwest of the City of Denver), to help the State Folklorist, Bea Roeder, kick off the first Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering.  Little did they know that what began as a few folks literally "singing to the choir" was to turn into one of the largest cowboy poetry gatherings in the nation.   In 1992, Liz Masterson was named coordinator of the event and it moved from the education department to the Performing Arts Department of the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities.   Each year more venues are added; more and larger rooms are opened up to accommodate the fans; and each of the past three years folks are turned away from the center due to capacity crowds.  This year was no different, however, all this could not be achieved without the production crew which consists of Masterson, Anita Brauch, Maryanne Patterson, and newcomer Becky Wilcox, plus a huge slate of hard working volunteers.

The Arvada Center is one of the nicest facilities for performing arts and humanities in the world and its donors were treated to an exquisite banquet on Wednesday evening, January 12, followed by a "taste" of what was to come in the following days.  Hosted by Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn, additional entertainers were Pop Wagner of St. Paul, MN; and cowgirl poets representing three countries: Doris Daley of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Melanie Hall of Queensland, Australia; and
Yvonne Hollenbeck of Clearfield, South Dakota, USA.

Cowboy singers Duane Dickinson, Bill Barwick, Liz Masterson, 
Pop Wagner and Dave Stamey

Thursday through Sunday evening was then jam packed with entertainment, with five simultaneous sessions going every hour and five sold out theatre performances which included the following entertainers:  Milton Taylor and Melanie Hall of Australia; Cowboy Celtic and Doris Daley of Canada, as well as Branson transplant, Eli Barsi.  American entertainers were Deb Carpenter, Lyn Messersmith, Dave Stamey, Andy Wilkinson, Ann Sochat, Chuck Larsen, Jean Prescott, Duane Dickinson, Andy Nelson, Jill Jones and the Lone Star Corale, Bob Huff, Liz Masterson & Sean Blackburn, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Pat Richardson, Sid Hausman, Buckshot Dot, John Nelson, the O'Brien Family Band, and Jon Chandler and the Wichitones.  Hosting the five major performances were Bill Barwick, Pop Wagner, Liz Masterson, Echo Klaproth, and Tim Nolting.

 "The Good Ol' Boys" Pat Richardson, Duane Dickinson
 and Dave Stamey. 

In addition to the theater entertainers, folks were pleased with the talents of more featured performers like Floyd Beard, Back At The Ranch, Patty Clayton, Sam DeLeeuw, Zeb Dennis, Sid Hausman, D. W. Groethe, Bill May, Ed Nesselhuf, Al Mehl, Francine Robison, Chuck Pyle, Barry Ward, and without a doubt, the funniest entertainer of the event, Ole Svensen.  Ole, who claims to have hailed from the border country between Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada, also claims to be an identical twin cousin to Sean Blackburn, although no DNA testing has been done.

Ole Svensen

This year's Arvada Center's  Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering was dedicated to the  memory of Howard Parker who was a favored performer at each year's gathering and who died at his ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska this past July.   After a little time off, the Arvada Center crew will begin planning the 17th annual event.  Watch the website for dates.

(See Jeri Dobrowski's report and Yvonne Hollenbeck's photos from the 2004 Arvada gathering here.)

January, 2005
Kansas Day Cowboy Poetry and Music  
Wichita, Kansas


story by Jim John

The first annual (yep, folks are already talking about a second one) Kansas Day Cowboy Poetry and Music show out here to benefit the Wichita Children's Home was well attended (one hundred plus folks) and a good fundraiser. The performers and audience had a great time.

The Home Rangers, a band who describe their music as "moograss" (cowboy music and bluegrass) was a big hit as well as the poets, Max Kirkes and
Kansas Jim (that's me). We also had the Rector of Good Shepherd Church, nicknamed T. Texas Haney (he's from Texas Tech) and his young'uns doing some poetry and music from down Texas way and Lee Miescher, in period costume of the 1880's singing and playing guitar and mountain dulcimer. Our emcee for the evening was John "Hooter" Myers, a well-known local personality and former disc jockey. (He announces air shows and does a great show as Douglas MacArthur in other circumstances).

We have had Baxter Black and Waddie Mitchell, in Wichita with shows sponsored by KFDI radio and Shepler's, but this was the first show with all local talent and it came off well. 

January, 2005
Family Arts Festival
Tuscson, Arizona


story by Bill Black

On Sunday, January 17, 2005, at the Family Arts Festival, Cowboy Poetry and some Western skills got into the entertainment sections.

In the Kids' Fest area, the Cactus Cowboy Corral Lariateers had three of their members displaying skills in trick twirling while teaching about rope and roping.  This group may be familiar to some visitors to the site who have seen them at events in Arizona, Kanab last summer and at the NM Farm & Ranch events.

The poetry portion was provided by Catherine "Lilbit" Devine and Bill Black.  Bill also acted as MC for the Kids Fest stage during the afternoon presentations.

This was the Fifth Family Arts Festival with more than 160 arts and educational organizations and presentations.  Seven stages were active from 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM over a four city block area.  The area also included exhibits and other activities for the family featuring the international aspects of the Tucson community

February, 2005
Third Annual Lander Wyoming Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Lander, Wyoming

story and photos by Jean Mathisen Haugen

additional report by Linda Rexwinkle


The Third Annual Lander (Wyoming) Cowboy Poetry Gathering was held February 12, 2005 at the Best Western Inn at Lander.   An audience of around 100 was present Saturday night for the Pre-Show kicked off by the "Mountain Laurel" band of Lander, including Lynne Hendrickson Lucas, Gerry Sowers Jean Mathisen Haugen, Ed Delong, Marilyn Grey, Susan Sowers and Ray Heerman--several songs written by Delong and Haugen were featured.   

Cowboy Poets of Wind River President, Garland Kennington practicing a poem

Jamie Parker-Frank of Thermopolis, Wyoming. opened the show with a great rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" with a cowboy prayer from Cowboy Poets of Wind River President, Garland Kennington.  Performers included  13 year old champion fiddler, Spencer Busch and his father, of Riverton, Wyoming, The Badwater Cattle Co. of Malad, Idaho; Lynne Hendrickson Lucas, Karl Brauneis, Gerry Sowers, and many others.  

The Badwater Cattle Co. from Malad Idaho performing--Gene and Sandie Jones

A raffle featuring a print donated by musician and artist, Tom Lucas; local painter Jim Sable; and a pen and ink by Jean Mathisen Haugen helped raise funds for future events.  The fourth annual Gathering is planned for the same weekend in February next year (second Saturday, February 14, 2006) at the Lander Community Center on Buena Vista Drive.  Y'all come!

Linda Rexwinkle of NE Oklahoma wrote to say:  

Phil & I recently attended the 3rd Annual Lander Cowboy Poetry Gathering after seeing it listed at It was the first time for him to go to Wyoming. 

The gathering was a great time. The open mic during the day had several very good performers. I enjoyed listening to them all and the day was just too short. 

The evening performance was even more enjoyable with performers like Karl Braunies, Jamie Parker Frank, Roger Dowdell, Jean Mathisen Haugen, and Candy Whitt. I enjoyed the music by Bad Water Cattle Company and the fiddle playing by Spencer Busch. I think it was a special delight to have the local mountain music player there. 

The atmosphere was as great as the scenery. Lots of fun. We met a lot of really great talented people that would definitely recommend this gathering to anyone who enjoys cowboy poetry and music. I was amazed at how a small town has been able to keep its downtown and country feel. 

We are looking forward to attending again.

February, 2005
13th Annual Sagebrush Cowboyography Cowboy Roundup  Sheridan, Wyoming

story and photos by Deb Sustrich 

Sheridan Wyoming was for the 13th year the location for the annual Cowboy Roundup sponsored by the Sagebrush Cowboyography Association.   Situated in the heart of ranch country, Sheridan is recognized around the world as a center of traditional ranching culture with loads of history and heritage. Easy accessibility, accommodations and ambience make it the ideal place to set aside a few days the second weekend in February to celebrate the western way of life, through music, poetry and crafts.

Bill Sustrich, Sheridan, Wyoming is crooning his cowboy tunes while stage
dummies Earl (the one with gray whiskers) and Fred (the "young" guitar
player") listen intently.

Each year in conjunction with the Sagebrush Cowboy Roundup, a Cowboy Kidz Poetry Contest is held.  This year a total of 378 poems were submitted for the 9th Annual Cowboy Kidz Poetry Contest held in Sheridan Wyoming.  The contest encompassed 5 Wyoming schools: Cottonwood Elementary in Wright, Rawhide Elementary in Gillette, the Arvada/Clearmont Elementary Schools, Big
Horn Elementary in Big Horn and Tongue River Elementary in Ranchester.

The contest which began in 1997 was the brainchild of Deb Sustrich, charter member of the Sagebrush Cowboyography Association.  This year's program had each participating school hold their own poetry contest to determine a Champion and Reserve winner in the Poetry division as well as a Champion and Reserve Champion in the Performance division, as well as 1st - 3rd  place winners in each grade and participation awards for every student that participated in the contest.

Champion and Reserve Champions from each school then competed in a contest held Friday, Feb. 11 at the Wyo Theater in Sheridan to kick off the 13 Annual  Cowboy Round-up.  Retired school teachers, Shiela Sales from Decker, Mt. and Sue Archibald of Buffalo, Wyoming judged the following students to determine the Best Poem and Best Performance winners.

Drew Worman, "My Horse Bill," Grade 2, Mrs. Baumgartner
Addie Gerstner, "My Dad's Horse Willy," Grade 1, Mrs. Baumgartner
Mason Rockafellow, "10 Years Gatherin'," Grade 5, Miss Larson

Big Horn Elementary
Eddie Atter, "The Cowboy Thief," Grade 2, Mrs. Kadera
Elianna Paninos, "I Like to Ride My Pony," Grade 2, Mrs. Sexton
Chace Lemmon, "Messy Messy Cowboy," Grade 2, Mrs. Kadera

Cottonwood Elementary
Loren Tate, "Grandpa Ted's Old Cowboy Hat," Grade 6, Mrs Butler
Newt Starr, "By Gosh By Gum By Golly," Grade 4, Mrs. Neely
Sterling Moore, "The Storm," Grade 6, Mr. Perleberg
Jordan Banks, "The Rusted Fence," Grade 6, Mrs. Butler

Rawhide Elementary
Sarah Newton, "Dust Storms," Grade 4, Mrs. Claus
Taylor McInerney, "Indian War," Grade 5, Mr. Schliske

Tongue River Elementary
Buster Volmer, "Gettin' the Runaway Yearling," Grade 5, Mr. Scott Schroder
Shayna Caywood, "I Can't Rope," Grade 5, Mr. Scott Schroder

A Championship Trophy, Award Certificate, 3 complimentary tickets to the Bar J Wranglers performance and a one night stay at the Comfort Inn in Sheridan were awarded to the Champion Poem winner Newt Starr for his poem "By Gosh, By Gum & By Golly".  The same awards were presented to the Champion Performance winner, Mason Rockafellow for his performance of his poem, "10 Years Gatherin'." A 5th grade student of Ms. Jamie Larson, Clearmont Elementary in Clearmont, Wyoming, Mason is the son of David and Stacey Rockafellow. Newt and Mason were also invited to share their poems and performance with the audience at the Wyo Theater as an "opener" for the Bar J Wrangler's performance on Feb. 11, 2005.  Needless to say the first time performers were a big hit.  Honorable Mention in the performance division went to Drew Worman with his poem "My Horse Bill."

The Annual Sagebrush Cowboy Roundup has, since 1995, presented a Scott Redington Award.  This award is a beautiful hand tooled leather notebook cover in memory of Scott Redington, former cowboy poet, rancher and Ag Teacher at Sheridan College which is awarded to a cowboy entertainer that upholds the ideals, values and western way of life that Scot lived and loved.  This year's award went to cowboy poet, Bud Comly of Shepherd, Mt. Bud is a rancher, retired game warden, cowboy poet and picker.  Bud and wife, Joan, travel far and wide to participate in cowboy poetry gathers and spread the word thru cowboy church services.

Another annual event held since 1994 is the "Shoot-Out" contest.  Cowboy poets get one line and one hour from which to compose an original poem and then perform it in for an audience and 3 anonymous judges.  A beautiful traveling trophy is awarded to the winner as well as cash prizes for 1st thru 3rd place.  The 2005 line given to the contestants was "The scene was quite perplexing and I'm sure I will be scarred." And the winner is 3 time repeat champion, Margaret Wilhelm from White Sulphur Springs, Montana with a poem she has yet to title. Second and third places went to Bill Cheney, Casper, Wyoming and Jim McAllister, Geyser, Montana. respectively. 

Hours of open sessions for cowboy poets and musicians to perform and an evening performance by the Bar J Wranglers of Jackson, Wyoming made for a great weekend of "cowboy entertainment" in Sheridan, Wyoming, "the west at its best".  Everyone is looking forward to next years gather on Feb. 10-13, 2006, hope to see you there!  For information about the next gather visit
our website.

February, 2005
19th Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering   (Sul Ross) Alpine, Texas

story and photos by Linda Kirkpatrick, additional photo by Waynetta Ausmus

In spite of the cold damp Thursday evening, performers gathered at the CF Ranch located between the small west Texas college town of Alpine and historic Ft. Davis for the kickoff Bar B Q of the 19th Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering.  Sponsors
and performers get this afternoon to make new acquaintances and visit with old friends before the beginning of the Friday morning festivities. Everyone always looks forward to this evening and our hats off to the folks at the CF Ranch!

Andy Hedges, Oscar Auker, the Milner Family
photo by Linda Kirkpatrick

Folks gathered at the Friday morning Chuck Wagon Breakfast even though it was  cold and there was hint of rain in the air.  Participants and guests always enjoy the camp breakfast and hot cowboy coffee.  Then it is off to the campus of Sul Ross State University for the Kick Off Open Mic session. Approximately 18 poets and musicians from "fer and near" performed for a crowd of about 300 people.  It was exciting to see many first timers to a cowboy gathering in the audience.  The open mic session was followed by the Howdy! Let's Get Started -Welcome given by Sul Ross State University President, Dr. R. Vic Morgan.  Master of Ceremony for this opening event was Joel Nelson with Headliners Rolf Flake, Mike Beck and Echo Roy-Klaproth.

At 2:00 the fun began as everyone scattered to find their favorite poet or musician at the different sessions around the Sul Ross campus.   There were around 50 performers scheduled into the different sessions throughout Friday afternoon and all day Saturday.  The Friday Night Stage Show was hosted by Craig Carter with Headliners Rolf Flake, Jill Jones and Randy Huston.

Cowboy Singer Don Cadden
photo by Linda Kirkpatrick

Saturday morning began with, of all things, snow!  In addition to the regular session's schedule, the Trappings of Texas had its Grand Opening and the Gear Auction was conducted by Auctioneer, Henry Ogletree.  The Iron Works Sale followed at noon.

The Saturday Night Stage Show was hosted by Chuck Milner with Headliners Mike Beck, Ray Owens and Echo Roy-Klaproth followed by a Saturday night boot scootin' cowboy dance with Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys.

Texas Poets Lanny Joe Burnett and Linda Kirkpatrick
photo by Waynetta Ausmus

Sunday welcomed the warm sunshine (in Texas the weather is totally unpredictable). The Cowboy Church Service was sponsored by Michael's Mountain Ministries with Karen and Brad McGuire conducting the service.


Retired Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson of Alpine introducing his new book, One Ranger. Each year at Alpine he has a session where he tells tales of the Texas Rangers.
photo by Linda Kirkpatrick

Other participants were: Mary Abbott, Apache Adams, JB Allen, Sally Bates, Rick Brumley, Kip Calahan, Ivan Cates, Bob Campbell, Doris Daley, Sam Dawson, Ray Fitzgerald, Jeff Gore, Audrey Hankins, Andy Hedges, Don Hedgpeth, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Chris Isaacs, Jill Jones, Kay Kelley, Linda Kirkpatrick, Karen McGuire, Hallie Milner, Cody Milner, Glenn Moreland, Paul Patterson, Jean Prescott, Mike Querner, Randy Rieman, Nessye Mae Roach, Chris Roach, Matthew Skinner, Ann Sochat, Michael Stevens, Rod Taylor, Washtub Jerry, Andy Wilkinson, and Jim Wilson.

Everyone is looking forward to the 20th Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering on February 24 through the 26, 2006.  The Committee wants to extend a special invitation to everyone to come help them celebrate 20 years of cowboy poetry in Alpine, Texas!  Mark your calendars now for this special event!

February, 2005
Moab's Western Stars  Moab, Utah 

story by Rod Miller, photos by Rusty Salmon


Seeing Red and Loving It: Moab's Western Stars

Along about late January, winter along the Wasatch Front gets oppressive. A color scheme that spans the spectrum from pewter to slate gray grows monotonous. Thick, fetid air laden with auto exhaust turns every third exhalation in to a strangling cough. The sun is but an occasional hazy presence emitting little light and totally devoid of heat. So forgive a measure of my exuberance for Moab's Western Stars, a mid-February opportunity to be some other place for a few days. If nothing else, a visit to Moab will add a little color to your winter. A lot of color, for that matter, from the fiery cliffs that enclose the Spanish Valley in a thousand shades of red to a sky so blue we won't see the likes of around here until June. But that's just the scenery -- there's a lot more to see on Western Stars weekend.

In only its second year, Western Stars is growing faster than a colt of comparable age. Held over the long President's Day weekend, Moab Poets & Writers hosted three evening shows and more than three full days of events ranging from lectures to workshops to music and poetry sessions to art shows to chili cookoffs. Eager crowds from southeastern Utah and western Colorado applauded it all appreciatively while wagon boss 
Rusty Salmon and her able assistants kept the whole fandango in motion, worrying over every detail and catering to every guest's request.

Brooksie (Jerry Brooks)
photo by Rusty Salmon

Friday night's show in Star Hall was a popular event last year with both the poets and the audience, and this year was better still. Classic cowboy poems and original compositions were recited by a number of poets, including area residents Robert Mitchell and Fred Newman, and guest poets from one end of Utah to the other including Todd Nail, Jolynne Kirkwood, Val Carter, and
others. Reciting legend "Brooksie" (Jerry Brooks) rounded out the evening with the audience in the palm of her hand as usual. Musical interludes came courtesy of the Back Porch Band, Bar M Wranglers, and Ken Stevens.

Val Carter and Todd Nail
photos by Rusty Salmon

Among all the other activates sprinkled across Saturday's schedule at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center (MARC), those poets and others, including Kenny Hall, took their turns in open mic sessions. A handful of gluttons for punishment attended my workshop "All Kinds of Rhymes and Some That Don't." That evening's show and beef feed rattled the rafters at the Bar M Chuckwagon, where poet Brenda "Sam" Deleeuw was in rare form and the Bar M Wranglers harmonized in Western song.

Brenda "Sam" Deleeuw
photo by Rusty Salmon

Following a break for church services Sunday Morning, it was more of the same all afternoon at the MARC -- lectures, demonstrations, chili, square dancers, and more music and poetry. Somewhere in there, I blabbed my way through an otherwise useful hour with a "Herding the Words Through a Poem" workshop. The evening show at the MARC featured Stan Tixier and Michael Robinson.

Blue sky, red rock, songs and stories, poems and paintings -- with the spirit of the West shining bright in them all. If there's a better place to spend a February weekend than among Moab's Western Stars I have yet to hear of it. I only hope to be invited back for year three in 2006. Otherwise, I might have to resort to one of those fake sunshine lights, a bottle of oxygen, and rose-colored glasses to make it through the longest short month of the Wasatch winter.

February, 2005
12th Annual Bootheel Cowboy Poet Fiesta  Lordsburg, New Mexico

story, by June Hill

The 12th Annual Bootheel Cowboy Poet Fiesta was held in the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum, Lordsburg, New Mexico, on Saturday, February 12, 2005.  The Fiesta, a museum fundraiser, was well attended by an enthusiastic crowd of followers.  They were royally entertained by Mike Dunn, Mesa, Az., Doc Jordan, Scottsdale, Az., Jim Dunham, Prescott Valley, Az., Bill Cavaliere, Playas, N.M., Jan Richins, Cotton City, N.M., Ralph Smith, Safford, Az., Rusty Tolley, Animas, N.M., and host Hook Hill, Lordsburg, N.M.  Energetic "truth-tellin" comedian Steve Hill, Silver City, N.M., kept things rolling as Master of Ceremonies.  Free hamburgers and sodas at intermission were included with the price of admission.

The museum is a non-profit organization run by volunteers.  All performers for the Bootheel Fiesta donate their time and talent.  In plain language, they come and perform for free.  Over the years, headline performers from all over the Southwest have graced the Bootheel Fiesta with their presence.  This year was no exception.

Hook Hill is the museum board chairman.  He and wife, June, are the organizers of the event.  For information concerning the 2006 event, Hook can be contacted at 505-542-9258 or E-mail at

February, 2005
Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering 
Sierra Vista, Arizona

story, captions, and photos by Yvonne Hollenbeck
additional photos by Robert John Hebert, Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering p


The number thirteen is certainly not unlucky for Bob Fusco and Steve Conroy, co-chairmen of the Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering held February 4 thru 6, 2005 in Sierra Vista, Arizona.  Not only did they once again play host to record crowds of enthusiastic fans, but featured a large number of the nation's most talented western entertainers.

2005, Robert John Hebert
One of the organizers and one who is partly responsible for the continued success of the
Cochise County Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Sierra Vista, Arizona, is the great cowboy poet, Bud Strom.

Without a doubt, this Gathering provides perhaps the finest youth program, called the "Western Heritage Program,"  that can be found in America today. This program, which celebrated its tenth anniversary, featured 2800 poems written by students in every school in the area plus an organized group of home-schooled children.  The school children are introduced to Western history and poetry writing and winners receive scholarships for their endeavors.  Winners present their poems during the featured performances and not only the audience, but the performing artists and entertainers all agree that this produces some of the finest poetry and presentations of the gathering.  On Friday, over 44 of the participating artists performed in 25 different schools.  This was the first year the home school families formed and organization and participated.


2005, Robert John Hebert
Arizona Governor Jane Hull, and the youth poetry winner.   
Each year a collection of award-winning cowboy poetry written by students is compiled into a booklet, Saddlebag of Poems, and is offered for sale at the Gathering.

Another amazing feat at this Gathering is the dedication and enthusiasm of the many volunteers that are involved, from hosting entertainers in their homes to the well organized production.

2005, Robert John Hebert
Stopping by to enjoy some of the gathering
and also to entertain at the Sunday brunch,
was everybody's favorite, Baxter Black.

Headline Artists for 2005 were Kip Calahan; Daughters of the Purple Sage; Jack DeWerff; Peggy Godfrey; Audrey Hankins; Andy Hedges; Hook Hill; Brenn Hill; Yvonne Hollenbeck; Jill Jones and the Lone Star Chorale; Suzi Killman; Steve Lindsey; Liz Masterson & Sean Blackburn; Jon Messenger and Call of the West; the O'Brien Family Band; Jean Prescott; Pat Richardson; Maggie Mae Sharp; Bud Strom; and Tom Weathers, with at least thirty-five equally talented performers making up the talented list of participating artists, including:  Mary Abbott, Tiffany Jo Allen, Sally Bates, Ron Brinegar, Buckshot Dot (Dee Strickland Johnson), Call of the West, Dean Cook, Due West Trio, Jim Dunham, Mike Dunn, Rolf Flake, Lessa Greenwood, Larry Harmer, Sue Harris, Fred Jones, Doc Jordan, Nona Kelly Carver, Ken & Lynne Mikell, Janice Mitich, Joyce Mitich-Taylor, Jane Morton, Tim Nolting, Tony Norris, Ann Owens, Ray Owens, Mike Querner, Gregory Scott, Lindy Simmons, Jim & Nancy Sober, Ann Sochat, Gail Starr, Way Out West, and Jim Wilson.

Program art was provided by the very talented Larry C. Scott.

2005, Robert John Hebert
Crowd favorites Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn

photo by Yvonne Hollenbeck
Sean Blackburn, Pat Richardson, and Doug Floyd

2005, Robert John Hebert                             2005, Robert John Hebert
        The ever-popular Ray Owens               Gathering favorite Nona Kelly Carver

photo by Yvonne Hollenbeck
Jane and  Pat Richardson

photo by Yvonne Hollenbeck
Jean Flake

Yvonne Hollenbeck and Pat Richardson

photo by Yvonne Hollenbeck
Maggie Mae Sharp and Roger Stone


photo by Yvonne Hollenbeck
Glen Hollenbeck and Jean Prescott

On behalf of all the folks in attendance, we tip our hats to the folks that produce this gathering, and suggest you mark your calendars for 14th Annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering which will be held on February 3 - 5, 2006.  For more information, call (520) 459-3868 or visit

February 2005
Cowboy Poets of Utah Flood Victims Benefit St. George, Utah


  story and photos by Jo Lynne Kirkwood


The Cowboy Poets of Utah held a benefit for the flood victims in southern Utah on February 12th, 2005, at the Fine Arts Center on the Dixie College Campus.  Kenny Hall put it together, and did a great job.  

Jo Lynne Kirkwood and the Red Rock Wranglers (Ann Goddard, Roy Holcomb, Laura Morris, Chris Williams). Laura's family (fiddle player) lost a large part of their farm to the flood.

Barbara Hall 

Curly Syndergaard, Brooksie (Jerry Brooks) Sam DeLeeuw, Barbara Hall, Doug Keller, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, and the Red Rock Wranglers 

On the 23rd of February I took my architecture class to St. George for the Parade of Home tour. From the balcony of a million dollar house, I took these two photos. There were seven destroyed homes in this area, and five of them vanished completely. Washed down the river.

Contact Jo Lynne Kirkwood for information about the Cowboy Poets of Utah.


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