Horsin’ Around 8-10-09
August 10, 2009
I feel like you are tired of hearing me talk about Cow Sort contests. However, I want to tell you about some friends of mine who started the sport this year. I have been competing and enjoy a Cow Sorting Contest for several years. It gives my horse a chance to show off what he can do when working cattle. It is also something I can compete in without costing too much in entry fees. However I did learn after the last contest in Cheyenne that my bay horse is getting as old as I am and just can’t make the turns to compete the way he did in years past, so I am looking for another horse.
But I don’t want to talk about my problems, I want to talk about my friends, Kevin and Sherry Teppo. I am not sure when they moved to this area but they live in a nice house located close to Mad Jack Hanks. They kept a few horses around but were not spending time riding them. When they invited me up for dinner one evening the conversation turned to competition and I explained a contest Dave Wolf produces called cow shoring and how much excitement it was creating among the horse people. As I explained it they became interested and when the next one came around they showed up and took a liking to the event.
Neither had an experienced horse nor did they know much about the event but they enjoyed the work. Then Sherry found a 4-year-old, Dock Bar and three time Quincy Dan gelding and bought him. He took to the event like he had been doing it all his life. Then Kevin bought a 7-year-old gelding that was three times Dock Bar and Smart Little Lena. After that they really got interested in the competition.
Before they came to Colorado, Kevin was a top sergeant in the Marine Corps until he injured his back and had to retire. The doctors told him he would never walk again but he was determined to do so even though he has no feeling in one of his legs and has to go to the VA hospital for continuous treatments and evaluations. Together Kevin and Sherry spent a summer working in a cow camp back in the wilderness.
Sherry taught horsemanship before they married and knows horses and blood lines as well as anyone I have been around. She is tough and fits with Kevin. So when they became serious about the Cow Sort they made a good team. They entered the cow sort as beginners along with me. I met them in Cheyenne this July and we all were trying to place high enough to make it to the Cheyenne Rodeo.
The pair won their beginner class; five top teams were selected in each division to compete at the Cheyenne Rodeo.
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Prior to his retirement, Roger Thompson was a CHA certified instructor of advanced Western horsemanship and beginning English riding.