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The Great Basin of eastern Oregon, northern Nevada and northern California is one of the only places left where you can still see the old vaquero-style buckaroo gear and traditions.  You find keepers of the old ways on ranches and at ranch rodeos throughout the region. Look for silvered-up bridles, fancy silver bits, beautifully trained bridle-horses, big loop roping with 50-85’ ropes, fringed chinks, and the flat hats worn by many who live the lifestyle.  

Attend these events this year for a taste of the  the old west that still lives:

Red Bluff Bull & Gelding Sale, January, Red Bluff California
2007 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January, Elko, Nevada
Klamath Cattlemen's Association Bull and Horse Sale February  Klamath Falls, Oregon
Winnemucca Ranch Hand Rodeo February  Winnemucca, Nevada
The Californios Reno, Nevada
JORDAN VALLEY BIG LOOP RODEO  MAYJordan Valley, Oregon  Best*****
McDermitt 4th of July Ranch Rodeo, July 4th weekend, McDermitt, Nevada
Paisley Mosquito Festival and Ranch Rodeo, Last Weekend  July, Paisley, Oregon

There will be others...email me for more dates

I travel year around photographing people who keep the traditions:  Here is my website where you will find  nearly 250,000 photos of buckaroos and ranch rodeo events. http://www.buckaroocountry.com 
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