What's A Cowboy Poet To Do?
Cowboy poets win money and
trophies and silver buckles! Just like in a stock rodeo where cowboys
ride their broncos out of the pen in a timed competition, the cowboy
poets in the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo came on stage to
compete with their humorous or serious poetry, penned by themselves or
reciting poetry of others, being timed, and being evaluated by a team
of 5 judges.
Contestants brought their best
poetry to the Parry Lodge Old Barn Theater for the August 17-18, 2012
competition. Poets from Australia, Mexico and several US States
competed this year. Some were “greenhorns” and some had competed in
Doug Keller (center)
Our own Doug Keller, Cowboy
Poet Laureate of Kane County, pert near set a record, winning trophies
in 3 of 4 "Silver Buckle" poetry categories. A poet from Texas,
Jim Cathey, was the overall big money
winner, placing first in three "Rising Star" categories, receiving a
silver buckle, and the All Around Cowboy Poet trophy.
A poet from Australia, Bob
Skelton, also won a silver buckle. The cowboy poet laureate of
Oklahoma, Francine Robison and Kanab poet
Hal Hamblin both just missed getting a silver buckle by a mere
half a point!
Dave Baird provided
airplane rides over Kanab as additional prizes for the winners.
Stella and Jim Cathey with Dave Baird
Three poets are also musicians:
Almeda Bradshaw, from Montana, plays
guitar and often "sings" her poetry; Dick
Warwick, from Washington, plays harmonica and guitar to
accompany his singing.
“Duke” Hunter, a Colorado
poet/ musician, plays bagpipes, and thrilled the attendees at Sunday
morning's Cowboy Church with "Amazing Grace." These and other poets
also performed at various Western Legends Round-Up venues, as well as
performing a 2 hour program at the Kane County Fair.
Sam DeLeeuw and Almeda Bradshaw
Judges for this year's event
were: C.R. Wood, cowboy poet;
Rod Miller, author and poet;
Stephen Armstrong, professor at Dixie State College; and Dennis
Judd, one of the original founders of Western Legends RoundUp.
Sam DeLeeuw, long-time cowboy poet
and winner of numerous awards, was the judge foreman.
Rod Miller, judge, also presented a workshop
The National Cowboy Poet Rodeo,
now in its 16th year, was founded by Sam Jackson. He and his wife
Rene'e look forward to many more years of producing the world's only
cowboy poetry rodeo.
Winners Bob Skelton, Jim Cathey, Doug Keller, and