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On the Road Again …

Hi everyone, you're on the Road again with Jim Thompson for the week of June 26, 2006!

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Just a quick note at the outset, about the Internet. Surely someone somewhere has been worrying about how this country would operate if terrorists sabotaged our Internet. We had just a minor skirmish in that battle with technology over the past weekend which aced out my column and notes for three months of columns. Pssst! Gone … just like that … along with it, the addresses of the nearly four dozen recipients of this weekly missal. Talk about frustrating. And this admittedly isn't life or death stuff, but what if our entire system was down? Imagine how much business would be affected, how many appointments missed, how many billings screwed up. Gosh, I hope somebody who knows how those ol’ gremlins work is ready to handle that. It'd make Katrina look pretty small by comparison.

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I think I may have already written this, but twice is better than not at all. I let you know about Ralph Taton and John Teigen losing their horses in Texas after a steer roping? Well, they got ’em back when the rustlers realized they were branded and couldn't sell ’em. Whew! They were found wandering on a football field in Decatur, TX.

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Have I mentioned that my company, Creative Broadcast Services Inc. produces a montly music show called Heritage of the American West? It’s broadcast on the third Wednesday of each month. We try to revive "cowboy" music, not country/western … plus cowboy poetry. We've been doing this for over eight years … and our 100th show will be November 15th and feature PRCA steer roping/singer Pake McEntire. Then in December for our Christmas show on the 21st, World Champion bareback riders, Bruce Ford and Marvin Garrett will be the headliners along with NFR and Cheyenne Frontier Days pick up man, Bill Larsen with some of his great cowboy poetry. I thought some of you with rodeo ties would want to plan for one or both of those.

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Jody Lillibridge sent me a copy of a recent True West Magazine with a great story about Jackson Sundown. He was a great Nez Perce bronc rider in the same era as Yakima Canutt. Since I've written so much about Yakima and his successful ride on Tipperary, Jody thought I'd enjoy the article. You might, too. It's in the March 1990 issue with Billy The Kid on the cover.

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Pro Rodeo judge Chris Horton, who broke his pelvis during the Fort Herriman Rodeo in Utah, on May 27, has returned to his home in Larkspur, CO, to face a long summer of healing. According to Chris' wife, Anne, he will be wheelchair bound for a minimum of 30 days and will have to wear the external fixture brace, which stabilizes his pelvis, for at least 8-12 weeks. As a result of the internal damage, doctors opted not to put plates in the pelvic region but instead decided to use the brace to stabilize and allow the area to heal on its own. The next steps doctors take will be determined by the healing process. Part of Horton's recovery will include three days of physical therapy per week.

He was flagging the steer wrestling, and was following the first one out, his horse began to buck. He was thrown up in the air and came down on the swells of the saddle near the saddle horn. The horse continued to buck until Horton was thrown off. He was airlifted to the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake

City, where doctors performed surgery the following day to repair the internal damage. Good luck, Chris.

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Ken Fitting writes that he's working on getting Lyle Sankey into the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Certainly worth consideration since he was a very versatile athlete and still a great teacher of young people. Kenny tells me that Lyle just had knee replacement surgery done in the middle of June.

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And this final, sad note … more later: Didn't know if you had heard that Nick Hudson passed away last night – gave in to the long battle with brain cancer. Nick will be missed by many in the rodeo world. Both of us were truly blessed with having the opportunity to work with him - what a true professional he was and will always be in our memories. Thought I should let you know – hope all is well with you.

— Olin Sims