Roger Thompson: Horsin’ Around 8-8-11
August 8, 2011
I haven’t been to the Cowboy Church in Cheyenne, Wyo., in a few years and decided to make the trip this year.
It had been a while since visiting with Susie McEntire – Reba McEntire’s sister – and I wanted to talk with her. Susie had been through some rough times with her first marriage to Paul Luchsinger and I was devastated when she and Paul divorced. I think he just couldn’t handle her fame because the grounds she filed on were physical and mental abuse.
However, Susie loves coming to Cheyenne as her family has made that rodeo as long as she can remember. First it was her grand father back when the rodeo was getting started. He won the steer roping one year and then it was her dad, who won it in her time and her first husband entered the steer wrestling a number of years.
I met Susie a number of years ago when she was singing at FCC Rodeo Bible Camps and we became friends. Susie has had a rough time with her marriage but kept singing good Christian songs and has become very popular. She seems to be married to a very fine man who spoke at the church service and I was proud of him. I am happy that Susie has found a good man and her children have grown up to be well adjusted. They still have the ranch in Atoka, Okla., to retreat to during slow times and work cattle on the ranch. She grew up as a cowgirl on the ranch and is still with it.
While at the services I didn’t meet up with many old friends but I did meet an old friend from Durango, Colo., that, to my embarrassment, I did not recognize at first. He and I had been good friends in the past so I apologized to him and tried to make it up to him but I think the damage was done. I think it was due to my age and the fact that I didn’t expect to run in to him at that point. But I did see some old friends and had a good visit.
After the service I found Susie and said my goodby’s telling her that with age she has become more beautiful than ever. I think that seems to embarrass her but it is true. No matter how beautiful I think Susie looks in a Photo shoot, she is still an attraction with her songs on stage at a Rodeo Bible Camp. She filled the South stands at Cheyenne.
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Prior to his retirement, Roger Thompson was a CHA certified instructor of advanced Western horsemanship and beginning English riding.