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DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE

When I first read this code, I had visions of cowboys riding out into blizzard conditions to search for stranded cattle or lost calves, risking their lives fighting off cattle rustlers, or any number of the tough duties that comprise being a cowboy. Though all these jobs had to be done, this code more accurately portrays what you stand for, and how much you will risk to keep it in tact. One of my favorite movies Open Range, is a great example of standing up for what is right. Boss and Charley have been grazing cattle for over 10 years. They have a run-in with a rancher that hates free grazers, and tells them to move on, or they will...

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ALWAYS FINISH WHAT YOU START

Cowboys do not tolerate quitters. When a cowboy was hired on, the trail boss informed him of what the job entailed, and that every man was expected to make it to the end. Once the cattle are gathered and, on the trail, there is no turning back. If you can’t commit to this, then do not sign on. Cody Ohl demonstrated the unstoppable grit and fortitude of a cowboy in the 9th go-round of the 2001 NFR. I watched as Cody entered the roping box. He missed the calf with his first loop then caught the back feet with his second loop. As he dismounted his horse his right knee ‘blew out’ and he fell to the ground. With the...

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TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR WORK

Cowboys have often been referred to as unsung heroes. They were expected to do a tough job, driving cattle across an open range, while facing extraordinary obstacles. Each brought to the team their unique talents. For some it may be riding and the ability to tame a wild mustang. Others were skilled at roping calves, steers or horses all while running full speed across the prairie. And the cowboys that did not excel at riding or roping had other skills to offer, such as the ability to understand the temperament of cattle and be able to calm them at night with their songs. Though they never received praise or recognition, they took great pride in their work. To take pride...

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LIVE EACH DAY WITH COURAGE

  The cowboys of the old west faced many dangers. They risked their lives in stampedes, torrential rains, fighting off cattle thieves, crossing deep rivers. It took fortitude and courage to drive a herd of 1000 to 3500 head of cattle across the open plains. Determination, grit and bravery were necessary virtues, and any man lacking in these character traits would not be tolerated. Most of us do not face this kind of danger. We may though face challenges or situations that require us to remember what we stand for.  It takes courage to make the right decisions and to stand up for what you believe in. It also takes courage to face an unknown, try something new or make...

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SET A NEW YEAR INTENTION LIVE THE CODE OF THE WEST

“A mans got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.”                                                                                      John Wayne    As many of you know, my mission is to promote The Code of the West by inspiring and challenging others to live their lives with the values and ethics we can learn from the American Cowboy. I thought today would be a great time to re-visit the code and challenge each of you to make 2019 the year you set...

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