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Wendy's Cowboy Poetry Workshop
to be held on Sat., June 3rd, at the Mariposa County Library

  Cowboy Poetry Week was April 16-27, and next month- in June, I'm offering a Cowboy Poetry Writing Workshop at the Mariposa County Library!

The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, June 3rd, 2017,
from 10 a.m. to 12 noon...and the Pre-Registration deadline for signing up is Friday, May 26th.

Register at the Mariposa Libray or call (209) 966-2140

Questions? Email Wendy at wendybrown@sti.net

Here is the flyer for the event:

Poetry Workshop Flyer 2017

Here's directions on how to find the Mariposa Library:
Google Maps Directions

Google Maps Street View

 

Wendy Cowboy Poetry Week 2017

Bob Borchard recently interviewed me about my upcoming Cowboy Poetry Workshop on his "Old Time Mariposa" Facebook site.

Check out the video below!

 

Go to the Bar-D Ranch website and make a contribution- they'll send you a free CD of Cowboy Poetry "Masters"for supporting this timeless form of Western folk art!

CowboyPoetry.com Bar-D Ranch Website

CowboyPoetry.com Blog


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Sixteen years ago CowboyPoetry.com initiated Cowboy Poetry Week. 

In April 2003 the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, with unanimous approval, recognizing the Cowboy Poetry Week Celebration.
 
Cowboypoetry.com sponsors the Bar-D Ranch web site.  Their mission is to preserve and celebrate the arts and life of rural communities everywhere.

Cowboy Poetry is an oral tradition of the Old West that was born on the cattle drives of the eighteen hundreds. 

Sitting around their campfires, cowboys began a tradition of storytelling, poetry, and song that has survived on ranches from Texas to Montana, and in recent years has entered the mainstream of literary genre. 

The themes are universal, with heavy emphasis on nature, history, folklore, family, friends, and work. 

“Cowboy Poetry records the heartbeat of the real working West, in a tradition that spans three centuries. Ranchers, cowboys, and Western writers represent the voices of this vital-yet endangered-rural culture.”

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Happy 2017, everybody!

2017 Collage

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Go West Festival

Wendy & Friends

Wow! The Go West Festival was a lot of fun. Several of us dressed in our vintage gowns a wandered around Mariposa. Bett's Gold Coin won the costume contest, and the Mariposa Gazette posted a great picture in the paper last week.

Ladies with Carriage

One of the highlights for me was a ride in a beautiful carriage pulled by 2 matched Percherons. They were magnificent. Our mustang, Scout, has Percheron in him.

Wendy at Go West

Mariposa Go West Festival Website 2016

Here's the link to the Go West Festival's Facebook page:

Mariposa Go West Festival Facebook Page 2016

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Farewell, Buzz

Kevin & Buzz

On September 26th we had to say "Adios" to our good friend, Buzz. He carried Kevin many miles for many years. I'll be working on a poem to celebrate his time with us. We are now down to one horse. Scout the mustang is turning out to be an amazing horse. He needs a pard to share the pasture with. We are looking for another horse for Kevin, as we feel that we both have a few more trails to ride together. I miss riding with Kevin.

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Wendy at Sierra Cider on the Mariposa Farm & Ranch Tour

Wendy at Sierra Cidery

On September 24th, the Farm and Ranch Tour at Sierra Cider was most enjoyable. I entertained about 40 people with some Cowboy Poetry, and they were a gracious audience. Afterwards we were treated to a fabulous gourmet sit down dinner catered by the 1850 steakhouse restaurant in Mariposa (see 1850 website below).
1850 Restaurant.com

Sierra Cider Farm and Cidery is located in the Lushmeadows area near Mariposa.
The address of the Sirra Cidery is 5569 Meadow Lane. Here's the Google map link to Sierra Cidery:
Directions to Sierra Cidery Farm and Cidery

This is the link to Sierra Cidery's Official website:
Sierra Cidery's Official website

Here's Sierra Cidery's Facebook page:
Sierra Cidery's Facebook page

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Wendy Selected To Judge Cowboy Poets At Calaveras County Fair

Wendy will be judging the Cowboy Poetry Contest at the Calaveras County Fair on Friday, May 20th.

Visit the Calaveras County Fair's official website, here:

Frogtown, USA- Calveras County Fairgrounds

The fairgrounds are located in Angel's Camp, CA:

Map and directions to Angel's Camp

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Wendy's Cowboy Poetry Week Recital at the Mariposa Library
Wendy at the MAriposa Library
Thanks to all who came out for Wendy's Cowboy Poetry recital at the Mariposa Library last Saturday!
We did our thing, and everyone seemed to like it.

LuAnn Mello
Luann Mello joined Wendy and shared 2 poems that she wrote.  One was about Flash called "The Spotted Pup." We took his T-shirt, did a tribute to him and recited his poem.Wendy at the Mariposa Library with Flash T Shirt
Her other poem was brand new, having just been written the night before, called "Why A Horse?" It was great to have her join us.  Thanks Luann!
Wendy at the Mariposa Library 2
We also paid a special tribute to Pat Richardson, who passed away last week. Pat was a well known cowboy poet and friend.  He joined us for 7 years at the Cannonball Cowboy Poetry Gathering and was a perrenial invited guest to the National Cowboy Gathering in Elko, Nevada.

In 2004 he was voted the "Cowboy Poet of the Year" by the Will Rogers Academy of Western Artists. Pat will be missed by many.

We also missed Dr. Madison Seamans this year who has moved to Idaho. Madison and Wendy had been performing cowboy poetry together for over a decade. His upbeat brand of humor,  and real life experiences will be missed as well.

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COWBOY POETRY WEEK
April 16th -23rd, 2016
Cowboy Poetry Week 2016 poster
Come See & Hear Wendy Brown-Barry in Mariposa on Sat., April 16th!

Wendy Brown-Barry will be reciting original and traditional cowboy poetry at the Mariposa County Library, 4978 10th St., on Saturday, April 16th at 11:00 AM.

Come join the celebration, and support your local library!  All ages are welcome, and refreshments will be served.

Go to cowboypoetry.com for more info!

 

https://www.facebook.com/TnT2MC/videos/1736679626544365/

https://www.facebook.com/TnT2MC/videos/1736679626544365/

 

Cowboy Poetry Week Poster 2016

Fifteen years ago cowboypoetry.com initiated Cowboy Poetry Week.  In April 2003 the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, with unanimous approval, recognizing the Cowboy Poetry Week celebration.  Cowboypoetry.com sponsors the Bar-D Ranch web site.  Their mission is to preserve and celebrate the arts and life of rural communities everywhere.

          Cowboy Poetry is an oral tradition of the Old West that was born on the cattle drives of the eighteen hundreds.  Sitting around their campfires, cowboys began a tradition of story telling, poetry, and song that has survived on ranches from Texas to Montana, and in recent years has entered the mainstream of literary genre. 

The themes are universal, with heavy emphasis on nature, history, folklore, family, friends, and work.  “Cowboy poetry records the heartbeat of the real working West, in a tradition that spans three centuries.  Ranchers, cowboys, and Western writers represent the voices of this vital-yet endangered-rural culture.”

Perform your poetry, donate a book, create a display, share your knowledge. Write to your states' Representatives and Senators, your states' Art Council, and local news sources, letting them know about Cowboy Poetry Week. Many poets and others are pursuing Cowboy Poetry Week proclamations from Governors and Mayors.

From the Cowboy Poetry.com website:

Thanks to all who stand behind the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry and make its programs possible!

The Rural Library Program is an important Cowboy Poetry Week outreach activity, a part of our mission to serve a mostly under-served community of rural Westerners.

Share the Cowboy Poetry Week poster on your web site and on Facebook and in other social media.

The Cowboy Poetry Week Poster
Poster 2016

Respected New Mexico cowboy and artist Gary Morton's painting, "A Life Less Ordinary," is selected as the 2016 Cowboy Poetry Week poster image.
 
Gary Morton comments on the painting, "The cowboy life is never boring. Most of the West is still worked on horseback. Days are long and the weather is sometimes a challenge.

These cowpunchers saddled up and rode out when daylight was just a promise on the eastern horizon. They have been in a high trot to get to the back side in order to make a drive.

The cowboss is scattering the riders and each will gather cattle back to the roundup. It will require a sure-footed horse and a good hand to handle the job.

Many spur of the moment decisions will have to be made for a smooth works. Each day is a different experience and truly it is, 'A Life Less Ordinary.'"

He adds that the painting, "... is from the 06 Ranch in the Davis Mountains of far west Texas." One of the pictured riders is popular poet and cowboy Ray Fitzgerald.
 
Posters are never sold. They are sent to participants in Cowboy Poetry Week's Rural Library Program and sent to Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry supporters as thank you gifts.

Join with the generous people who have pitched in and receive the Cowboy Poetry Week poster with a donation of $40 or more. Read about donor premiums here.

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BACKCOUNTRY HORSEMEN OF CALIFORNIA
2016 RENDEZVOUS
Angel's Camp - Calaveras County
March 18, 19, & 20

2016 Rendy Poster
     Next weekend, March 18th - 20th they will be hosting the Backcountry Horsemen’s Rendezvous at the Calveras County Fairgrounds in Angel's Camp, CA.
 

Hope you all can join us there!

BCHC 2016 Rendezvous webpage


See details below, from the BCHC website:

The BCHC Rendezvous follows a tradition of gathering together of outdoor enthusiasts.

This event features equine training clinicians, scores of vendors, horse and mule packing seminars, and Gentle Use/ Leave No Trace classes.

The Rendezvous will also feature: Western Art Show, Awards and Accolades, Dutch Oven Cook-off, Trail Challenge, Beer and Wine tasting, Cowboy Church, Youth Classes, Raffles and Auction.

There is always lots to learn, lots of fun, and plenty of horses and mules at the Backcountry Horsemen Rendezvous!


Here's some links you'll want to check out:
Frogtown, USA- Calveras County Fairgrounds official website

Map and directions to Angel's Camp

Click here to visit the BCHC Mid-Valley Unit website:
http://www.bchcmidvalley.org/

Click on the banner below to visit the BCHC state website:Back Country Horsemen.org

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MARIPOSA MOUNTAIN RIDERS XMAS PARTY

December 19th at the Mariposa Senior Center

Hi, everyone! Here's the flyer for the Mariposa Mountain Riders Xmas party. The Mariposa Senior Center is located at 5246 Spriggs Lane in downtown Mariposa. I'll be there to recite some of Waddie Mitchell's cowboy poetry.

Their general meeting starts at 5:30 p.m., and the Xmas dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. Bring canned goods for the Manna House raffle, and please RSVP so they'll know how much food to prepare!

Click here for directions on the Google Maps page.

Here's a link to the MMR's website:

Mariposa Mountain Riders.com

Hope to see everyone there!

@)!% Mariposa Mountain Riders Xmas Party Flyer

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FAREWELL TO SNIP

Our Last Trail Ride

On October 26th we lost one of the Round Tuit Pack Team. 

My horse Snip got colic. He had a huge impaction, and we couldn’t save him. I got to love him for 11 years. 

He became an excellent trail horse. He was very calm, even- tempered, and just an all around Good Boy. 

He will not be easily replaced. I am grateful for all the country that he showed me over the years.
 
Here is a picture of our last trail ride on Saturday the 24th up at Fish Camp with the Mariposa Mt. Riders.

There were nine of us on the ride. It was a beautiful last day to spend with my boy.
 
Rest In Peace My Friend, and enjoy those green pastures across the Great Divide.

ADIOS, until we meet again.


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RIDING IN YOSEMITE
Wendy & Little Sis
On May 11th, Kevin and I were treated to a two-hour mule ride in Yosemite Valley by the Yosemite Wranglers.  It was a beautiful day shortly after we had finally got some rain.  There was no dust!  The water was flowing and the dogwoods were blooming.  Kevin rode an Appy mule named Fancy, and I had a wonderful little mule named Little Sis.

Between the Ears
 
There is nothing like seeing Yosemite framed between two BIG ears.  It is an experience that can’t be duplicated anywhere.  And we encourage anyone who doesn’t have their own horse and wants to experience Yosemite in this manner to do so this season. This will be the last season that this recreational activity will be offered in Yosemite Valley or Tuolumne Meadows.

Happy Campers

The Wranglers did a great job insuring everyone’s safety and pointing out landmarks and points of interest along the trail.  We also observed that the hikers that shared the stock trail with us were courteous and stepped off the trail as we went by.

Wendy and Foxy

We didn’t see any conflict between the hikers and our stock use. Most of them seemed enamored, and took lots of pictures as we rode by.  If this is a reason for the discontinuation of the day rides, we don’t see it as a valid one.

Foxy

Private horse owners can still ride in Yosemite.  However, the Park Service has a reputation of incrementally eliminating things in the park, and there is a bias against stock use.  So, use it or lose it, and keep riding...

Kevin and Kinsey
 
HAPPY TRAILS!

Here's a video for you to enjoy!

Yoesmite Horseback Riding


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Here's a poem I wrote about the Yosemite Wranglers...

YOSEMITE WRANGLERS
by Wendy Brown-Barry

Here’s to the Yosemite Wranglers
They’re the last of a dying breed
They can pack anything from woodstoves to privies
“Git ‘er done,” is the Wranglers' creed.
James Helms
Their days in the Park may be numbered
Our history’s slipping away
If it weren’t for the wranglers, horses, and mules
The world’d be quite different today.

They helped build the trails, roads, and bridges
They’re farriers, teamsters, and guides
Takin’ youngsters and oldsters and handicapped folks
On perhaps, their very first ride.
Dennis & Rob
These boys all came from hardy stock
And lived by a mountain “Code”
They were Yosemite’s first stewards
And took care of the livestock they rode.

Like the time along Cathedral Lake
Bob Barrett was leadin’ a string
When a mule kicked out or’ the lead rope
A wreck was a comin’ sure thing.

The mule behind flipped upside down
And landed in the lake
It took brains and brawn and courage
Cause there were some lives at stake.

Remembering McGregor’s words
“If he goes, you go,” he said.
Bob held that mule’s head to keep him from drowning
If he hadn’t that mule would be dead.

He got the rope cut and got him out
And really saved the day
If Bob hadn’t jumped in to save him
There’d be some Hell to pay.

Wranglers Pack Train

Or the time Eddie Mankins and George Meyer
Rode thirty miles in the snow
Bringin’ stock down off a high meadow
To the Mt. Bullion pastures below.

Horses and mules made their livin’
They needed their stock to survive
They were ready to do whatever it took
To keep their livestock alive.

Some are still out there packin’ them mules
And many have passed on
I wish I could mention them all right here
But, this poem would be way too long.
Wranglers Wawona

I’m sure grateful for the ones I’ve known
And wish I’d known the rest
They’re a part of our living history
A legacy of the West!

The campfire’s down to a flicker
Let’s pray it never goes out
Let ‘em still cargo that Sawbuck and Decker
‘Cause that’s just what packin’s about.

-Wendy Brown-Barry

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THE BACKCOUNTRY HORSEMEN’S 2015 RENDEZVOUS

Wagon Train

On March 13th we headed for the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp for the Backcountry Horsemen of California’s 2015 Rendezvous.  With an 18ft. teardrop trailer in tow, and both of our dogs, we arrived in the afternoon to hook up at the RV camp. 

Truck and Trailer
We have a new puppy.  Her name is Kinsey, and this was her first road trip.  Our older dog Foxy has been on many road trips in her 13 years, and showed Kinsey the travel routine. 

Dogs and Wendy

They both did really well.  We lost our Flash last October.  He was my poetry pard, and one of the best.  He left such an empty place that we all decided we needed another dog. 

Dogs and Wendy with trailer
Kinsey is an Australian Shepherd.  She’s high energy and keeps us on our toes.  I’m introducing her to my dog agility equipment, and she’s showing some good potential.

Friday night we enjoyed the Dave Stamey concert, and met lots of very nice people.  They came from all over California, from as far south as San Diego.  Saturday we watched a pack scramble.  There were BLM horses and mules up for adoption. 

There were all kinds of clinics and packing demos, along with a Dutch oven cooking contest.  I got an early birthday present, my first pair of chaps, at one of the many vendors that were there selling their wares.  The event was also very dog-friendly, so Kinsey got lots of socialization.
Wendy on stage at 2015 BCHC
            Saturday night I had the pleasure of performing with five other cowboy poets.  We did a round robin, which is always fun, and keeps things moving.  We had a great audience and they were very receptive. 
Back Country Horsemen.org
Afterward, I was invited to entertain at the Backcountry Horsemen of America’s Annual Meeting in Sacramento on April 23rd.  I will be joining two of the other poets that were at the Rendezvous to perform our cowboy poetry for Directors from at least 27 other states. 

It was an honor to be asked, and I’m looking forward to it.  I was also invited to sit in on their meetings.  Having been an advocate for continued stock use on our public lands, I’m looking forward to learning more about what the Backcountry Horsemen are doing across the Nation.

Mariposa Pioneer Wagon Train

Don’t forget the 40th Anniversary of Mariposa’s Pioneer Wagon Train!  It takes place June 10th – June 13th.  John Silveira will be joining me for cowboy poetry around the campfire on Thursday, June 11th at the Cedar Point Ranch, located at 5888 Chowchilla Mt. Road (about a mile up from the end of the pavement). 

The Wagon Train is also sponsoring a youth cowboy poetry writing contest.  The winners will be sharing their poetry on Friday evening at Darrah School as part of the evening’s entertainment.  The whole event is open to the public.  So come on out, take a step back in time, and experience a bit of the Old West!

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Wendy's New Gig!
Saturday, March 14th at the Backcountry Horsemen of California's 2015 Rendezvous
Poster Art 2015 BCHC Rendezvous

BCHC 2015 Rendezvous will be held at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp, CA- March 13, 14, 15

Wendy will entertain the evening of Saturday, March 14th, at the BCHC Dinner, Raffle, and Awards ceremony, which will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Mark Twain Hall at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds.

Back Country Horsemen.org
The BCHC has a great website- click on the logo above to visit!

Please click on this link to the BCHC website for more details- BCHC 2015 Rendezvous Web Page

Or- contact Mike Kohlbaker at (916) 214-6505 email:4horsen@sbcglobal.net

Here are the details of the BCHC 2015 Rendezvous from their website:
BCHC 2015 Rendezvous
Admission for the March 14th Saturday night Dinner (feat. Raffle, Auction, Awards & Cowboy Poetry) is $30 per person.
Wendy Poster 2015 BCHC
Here's a map of how to get to the Calveras County Fairgrounds:

Map of Calaveras County Fairgrounds

Calaveras County Fairgrounds is of course home to the annual Jumping Frog Jubilee- made famous by Mark Twain!

There will be many other Cowboy Poets who will entertain at the dinner, including Mike Bryan, Ken Graves, Mike McFadin and Bill Roberts (see below).

Poste BCHC 2015 Poets

Also performing (on Friday, March 13th) will be singer, songwriter, and cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey

Dave Stamey Poster BCHC 2015

The Backcountry Horsemen of California organization is afiliated with the Backcountry Horsemen of America- BCHA
Here is the link to the BCHA's website: BCHA


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Merry Christmas
& Happy New Year, Everyone!

Wendy & Kevin Xmas 2014

From Wendy, Kevin & the Critters
at the Round Tuit Ranch

          It’s been a very busy year for us here on the Ranch. The danger of wildfires has been a constant concern. So we have been staying very close to home just in case! 

I became a Board Member of our local Fire Safe Council last summer, and we spent most of it creating defensible space around our house and clearing all the underbrush away from the road.
Goats on the Round Tuit Ranch
One interesting thing that we did was to hire Fire Grazers to help clear our land. We had 350 goats here for a couple of weeks to clear the brush.

Check out www.goatsrock.com.
 
Kevin & Dogs Sled

We are so grateful that winter is finally here, and we can rest a little easier!

2014 has been the year of letting go, which is never easy no matter how much time we get to spend with our beloved critters. We lost Sass, our Siamese.
Flash Jump
Flash made it to his 14th birthday on May 25th, and he was quite the trooper, and held on for us until October 15th, when we said our final good-byes. 

We had decided to hold off on a new pup to give Flash some peace in the final days. Then, when he passed, life was so empty that we started actively looking for a puppy again. 

New Puppy

We found one, and brought her home on November 22nd. She’s a black tri Australian Shepherd. Her name is Kinsey, and she’s now 8 weeks old. It’s wonderful to have a new family member to love!
Kinsey & Foxy

We've been in a camping deficit- there’s so many round tuit’s around here that it doesn’t leave much time for anything else... Hopefully next year!
Wendy Cannonball
I'm still entertaining at the Pioneer Wagon Train's campfires, and this year I was invited to ride the Cannonball stage that leads the ride, which was quite an honor!
Wendy & Kevin Go To Wash. D.C.
Our trip to D.C. shook up the Yosemite folks quite a bit, and they have had to compromise. I’m still in close contact with Congressman McClintock. We will be watching very closely as they begin to implement their new Yosemite Plan.
Kevin at Round Tuit
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to save the day horseback rides, which is why we got involved in the first place.
 Wendy at Round Tuit
It's sad that there is a huge bias against horse and livestock use in all the parks, because this country was built on their backs and they are part of our heritage.

Flash & Foxy at Round Tuit

MAY YOU AND YOURS BE BLESSED WITH ALL THAT IS GOOD IN 2015!

LOVE,
WENDY, KEVIN, & THE CRITTERS

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Wendy Recites at the Madera Cattleman's Association Dinner
Wendy was chosen to perform her Cowboy Poetry last Friday, November 7th, at the annual dinner for the Madera Cattleman's Association (MCA). Wendy recited "Ernie" in honor of Ernie Harlow, who was named "Cowboy of the Year."

Here's the poem for you all to enjoy:

Ernie Harlow

ERNIE

I’d like to share with you a story
About a friend of mine.
His name is Ernie Harlow,
And he’s been gone for quite some time.

But not a day goes by
That I don’t think of him,
And the chances of forgettin’
Are really pretty slim.

Our trails crossed many years ago
When I called him up to shoe.
I’d heard he was the best around,
And not just by a few.

He sure had a way with horses.
He would eye ‘em up and down,
And he could tell you in a moment
If they’re lame or if they’re sound.

He knew their dispositions
Before he ever drove a nail.
Lazy, broke, or outlaw
He called ‘em without fail.

He never missed a shoein.’
He’d be there when he said.
And it would usually be real early
Before I was out of bed.

But there was always a thermos of coffee,
And a good-natured hello.
It helped to clear the cobwebs,
And get me on the go.

He got me my first trainin’ job
Ridin’ colts out on a ranch.
He saw I had potential,
And thought I deserved a chance.

Sometimes he’d take me with him
When he went around to shoe,
And it always did amaze me
Just how many folks he knew.

I sure learned a lot from Ernie,
Watchin’ hours upon end.
Of all the nails that held a shoe,
Very few did I see him bend.

He used to give me sound advise
When I was ridin’ colts.
He taught me how to line ‘em out,
And how not to spook and bolt.

He was known near and far
For his expert ropin’ skill.
He could head ‘em, or he could heal ‘em.
In my mind I see him still.

One time he and Sam were ropin’
At the Oakdale Rodeo.
They had a ten second lead
With just two rounds left to go,

And if they won those last two go-rounds
They could take that money home.
But Ernie dallied up his little finger,
And cut that sucker to the bone.

“Tape my finger up,” he said.
“I know I’ll be just fine.
I think I can pull it together,
And throw this rope just one more time.”

But they wouldn’t let him rope that day.
He told the story with a laugh.
They took him to Emergency,
And had to do a skin graft.

He sure had a great attitude
About everything he did.
He loved his wife and family,
And he raised up two fine kids.

He always saw the good in folks,
And overlooked the bad.
He could cheer you up when you were feelin’ down,
And I never saw him mad.

Now his son Paco
Carries on his legacy,
And he shoes ‘em just like Ernie did.
It’s like poetry to see.

And he left behind two grandkids.
Their names are Brent and Chad,
And if he could see those boys today,
I know he would be glad.

Ernie was my inspiration,
And I guess that he still is,
‘Cause I still talk to him sometimes
Just as though he still lives.

I’m sure proud to say I knew him,
And that I could call him “Friend.”
And he sure did leave an empty space
That only time will mend.

But, I can still see his face a smilin’
Through the mare’s tails in the sky.
Ernie’s memory lives forever.
He was just that kind of guy!

 

IN FOND MEMORY

February 13, 1994

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Wendy Performs at
Mariposa-Oakhurst Rotary Club


On July 15th, Wendy entertained for the 1st Annual
Mariposa-Oakhurst Rotary Club Dinner
Wendy at Rotary
They had a western theme, held at the Old Barn in Oakhurst.
The dinner featured a Bar-B-Q, and everything was decorated, complete with hay bales and peanuts to throw on the floor, so
we felt right at home!

We couldn't have asked for a better audience, and we had a really good time- as you can see by the pictures. The photographer was excellent, and I thank her for
making me look so good!

Many of those in attendance were not very familiar with Cowboy Poetry, so it was a real pleasure to introduce them to the genre. Thank you, Rotary Members, for your gracious hospitality!

We hope we'll cross trails again in the future...

-Wendy

Wendy at Rotary 2      
Wendy at the Mariposa-Oakhurst Rotary Club

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Wendy to Perform at Mariposa County Wagon Train on
Thursday, June 12th
Hello, all! Wendy next gig will be reciting her Cowboy Poetry
for the Mariposa County Wagon Train at Cedar Point. It will be a campfire gathering, and will begin around 6 p.m.on Thusday, June 12th. Check out the link below for more info!

Mariposa Pioneer Wagon Train
Mariposa County Pioneer Wagon Train
and Cannonball Poetry Gathering

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YOSEMITE WRANGLERS REUNION

Wendy just attended the Yosemite Wranglers Reunion on
April 13th, and wrote this new poem as a special tribute to the Wranglers of yesterday and today...

Visit their website here: Yosemite Wranglers. com

Yosemite Wranglers

YOSEMITE WRANGLERS
by Wendy Brown-Barry

Here’s to the Yosemite Wranglers
They’re the last of a dying breed
They can pack anything from woodstoves to privies
“Git ‘er done,” is the Wranglers' creed.
James Helms
Their days in the Park may be numbered
Our history’s slipping away
If it weren’t for the wranglers, horses, and mules
The world’d be quite different today.

They helped build the trails, roads, and bridges
They’re farriers, teamsters, and guides
Takin’ youngsters and oldsters and handicapped folks
On perhaps, their very first ride.
Dennis & Rob
These boys all came from hardy stock
And lived by a mountain “Code”
They were Yosemite’s first stewards
And took care of the livestock they rode.

Like the time along Cathedral Lake
Bob Barrett was leadin’ a string
When a mule kicked out or’ the lead rope
A wreck was a comin’ sure thing.

The mule behind flipped upside down
And landed in the lake
It took brains and brawn and courage
Cause there were some lives at stake.

Remembering McGregor’s words
“If he goes, you go,” he said.
Bob held that mule’s head to keep him from drowning
If he hadn’t that mule would be dead.

He got the rope cut and got him out
And really saved the day
If Bob hadn’t jumped in to save him
There’d be some Hell to pay.

Wranglers Pack Train

Or the time Eddie Mankins and George Meyer
Rode thirty miles in the snow
Bringin’ stock down off a high meadow
To the Mt. Bullion pastures below.

Horses and mules made their livin’
They needed their stock to survive
They were ready to do whatever it took
To keep their livestock alive.

Some are still out there packin’ them mules
And many have passed on
I wish I could mention them all right here
But, this poem would be way too long.
Wranglers Wawona

I’m sure grateful for the ones I’ve known
And wish I’d known the rest
They’re a part of our living history
A legacy of the West!

The campfire’s down to a flicker
Let’s hope it never goes out
Let ‘em still cargo that Sawbuck and Decker
‘Cause that’s just what packin’s about.

-Wendy Brown-Barry
March 30, 2014

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Merry Christmas
& Happy New Year!
-From the Brown-Barry Family

Barry Christmas!Flash & Foxy Xmas

Hi everybody! Well, it’s been quite a year…

I had a procedure on my knee last December 4th, and have since been on the mend. Now I’m back on my horse and looking forward to riding! Kevin’s horse, Buzz, is now semi-retired but pasture sound, and still really likes to go.  My horse Snip is doing fine, and I’ve been riding with friends.

Wendy & McClintock

Wendy, Kevin & Peter Hoss with Congressman McClintock

Wendy & Kevin & Peter Hoss at Capitol

Wendy, Kevin, Peter Hoss and Brian Ouzounian at the Statue of Freedom in U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C

The most exciting thing for us in 2013 was when Congressman Tom McClintock invited me and two others, Peter T. Hoss and Brian Ouzounian, to testify before the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation in Washington D.C.  It was an experience that none one of us will ever forget!  It was an honor to stand up and speak for our local citizens. 

Wendy and Clint Anderson

Wendy and Clint Anderson

Another neat thing we did the previous August was attend a Clinton Anderson Clinic.  He is our favorite horse trainer from Australia, and we enjoyed two fascinating days watching him demonstrate his “Method.

Wendy & Kevin at ZipLine

Wendy & Kevin at Yosemite Zip Line Adventures

We now have a Zip Line Adventure park here in Mariposa,, and we decided to give it a go.  It was great fun!

Kevin Family

Rita's 80th Birthday Party at the Barry's

We also made two road trips recently, one to Southern California for Kevin’s Mom’s surprise birthday party, hosted by the Dennis Barrys. Rita turned 80 November 17th, and all six boys were there to help her celebrate along with the extended family.  It was the first time we had all been together since 1997.

Wendy & Kevin & Mac

Wendy & Kevin in Sedona with Uncle Mac

Then we drove to Sedona, Arizona to spend Thanksgiving with my Uncle Mac.  We hadn’t seen him for a very long time, and it was great to get together again.  The weather was perfect.  The dogs went with us on both trips and they travel well.  It’s fun to have them along, and they got along with everyone, even the Barry’s three Golden Retreivers.  It was a “Dog Party”!

Wendy & Kevin at Jerseydale Ranch

Wendy & Kevin at Jerseydale Ranch

We're all getting a little older together now on the Round Tuit Ranch! Life is still a blessing, and we're all frisky and happy to be here.  Flash is 13 and Foxy is 12 now. Our Siamese, Sass, is 17 and Rosie’s not too far behind. We're starting to open our hearts to a new pup this spring if the right one comes along.

ALL THE BEST IN 2014

LOVE,

WENDY, KEVIN, AND THE CRITTERS

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Wendy's Letter to the Editor
MARIPOSA GAZETTE
September 23, 2013

THANK YOU,
MARIPOSA MOUNTAIN RIDERS!

Wendt At Sweetwater
Wendy at Sweetwater Point

          I want to thank and commend the Mariposa Mountain Riders for a most enjoyable Poker Ride on Saturday, September 21st.  We heralded in the first day of fall with a blessed rainstorm.  It dampened horses and riders but not their spirits, as the first rainfall of the season settled the dust of the summer.
          The ride was well attended, with horsemen coming from out of town to ride with our local folks.  We rode out in small groups of our choosing.

I made new friends from Madera and also met a newcomer to Mariposa, who were all lots of fun to ride with.  Norma Jean Worchester carried a well-stocked first aid kit, just in case!  It was good to have Madison Seamans DVM join us to ride drag, along with Gwen Nita, Trail Boss, Linda Sinclair, and Colleen Varney, to help anyone who needed it.

The staging area was the beautiful Circle 9 Ranch in Jerseydale, where we rode out on well-marked forestry roads to pick up chips for our poker hand.  The three-hour ride took us up on top of Sweetwater Point where there were some incredible views.  In one direction we saw the devastation that was caused by the Carsten’s Fire, and I was happy to see that there was timber harvesting taking place in the area where we rode. 

We have the Anderson Family of Clark's Valley to thank for their proper forest management.  It prevented the Carsten’s fire from incinerating the Lushmeadows and East Westfall residential areas.  With proper timber harvesting, grazing and removal of the understory ladder fuels, the fire came out of the tree tops, went to ground and was able to be extinguished.

Upon our return, most of us were pretty cold and wet and the hot lunch prepared by Shawna Dahl was most welcome.  Madison Seamans, who I also refer to as my “cowboy poetry pard”, and I were prepared to provide some entertainment for the riders after lunch but most were ready to hop in their heated pick-up trucks and head for home.  So the rain did affect the after-ride festivities.  However, the rain was most welcome, and I can’t complain!

Thank you to the Circle 9 Ranch and the Mariposa Mountain Riders for a professional, well-run, and friendly Poker Ride.  I am looking forward to more trail rides like this one in the days to come.

-Wendy Brown-Barry

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Merced Horseman's Reunion Gathering

Wendy & Madison

Wendy Brown-Barry
& Madison Seamans Will Perform!

This Saturday, July 20th, at 6:30 pm, Wendy and Madison will perform Cowboy Poetry for the Merced Horsemen's Reunion Gathering, which will take place at the Merced Horsemen's Arena, located at 499 Nevada Street in the city of Merced, CA. For more details, please visit the Merced Horsemen Association's official website, here:

mercedhorsemenassociation.org

Or, call Carol at (209) 966-8150

MHA Reunion

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Wendy's June Performances:

Mariposa Mountain Riders Endurance Ride

Mariposa Pioneer Wagon Train

Darrah School in Mariposa

Wendy Brown-Barry performed her Cowboy Poetry for the Mariposa Mountain Riders "Run For The Gold" Endurance Ride Awards Banquet Dinner on June 1st.

Please visit the Mariposa Mountain Riders website here:

mariposamountainriders.com

Here is the link for info on the Endurance Ride:

2013 Run For The Gold

The annual ride is sponored by the AERC- American Endurance Ride Conference. The AERC website can be found here:

aerc.org

The Endurance Ride is also sponsored this year by the CSHA -Calif. State Horsemen's Association.

Click on this link for more info on the CSHA's programs:

californiastatehorsemen.com

Wendy also entertained at the Pool Ranch on June 13th, the first night of the Mariposa County Pioneer Wagon Train's 38th Annual ride.

Wendy and Cannonball
Wendy and The Cannonball

The Pool Ranch is located on Chowchilla Mt. Road, and the Wagon Train camps at an apple orchard known as Cedar Point.

Cedar Point Musicians
Musicians at Cedar Point

Please check out the website for the Mariposa Wagon Train:

mariposawagontrain.org

On June,14th, Wendy was asked to give a recital for the students at the historic Darrah School House in Mariposa.

All in all, quite a busy month for us!

Wendy also would like everyone to know that she has joined the Back Country Horsemen of California -BCHC. They are a great organization, and have a really nice website which you are eencouraged to visit here:

bchcalifornia.org

BCHC logo

The group has regional units, including the San Joaquin Sierra Unit based in Fresno. The website for the San Joaquin Sierra Unit is here:

bchc.org

Their bi-monthly newsletter can be viewed here:

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COWBOY POETRY WEEK

April 21st-27th 2013

Wendy Brown-Barry to perform
at Bett’s Gold Coin Sports Tavern

this Saturday, April 27th
At 5:00 PM!

Wendy at the Coin

In celebration of Cowboy Poetry week, Wendy will be reciting Cowboy Poetry at Bett’s Gold Coin this Saturday, April 27th, at 5:00 PM.  All ages are welcome! 

Wendy and Friends at the Coin
Wendy & Friends at Bett's Gold Coin

Come join the celebration, hear some original and traditional Cowboy Poetry, and meet Flash, Wendy’s Australian Shepherd.  Wendy will also be sharing her first historical poem,
“The Fremont Adobe” in the building for which it was written- Bett’s Gold Coin. 

Wendy's book, “Mountain Majesty” will also be available!

Twelve years ago CowboyPoetry.com initiated Cowboy Poetry Week.  In April, 2003 the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, with unanimous approval, recognizing the Cowboy Poetry Week celebration.  CowboyPoetry.com sponsors the Bar-D Ranch web site.  Their mission is to preserve and celebrate the arts and life of rural communities everywhere.

          Cowboy Poetry is an oral tradition of the Old West that was born on the cattle drives of the 1800s.  Sitting around their campfires, cowboys began a tradition of storytelling, poetry, and song that has survived on ranches from Texas to Montana, and in recent years has entered the mainstream of literary genre. 

The themes are universal, with heavy emphasis on nature, history, folklore, family, friends, and work. Cowboy Poetry records the heartbeat of the real working West, in a tradition that spans three centuries.  Ranchers, cowboys, and Western writers represent the voices of this vital- yet endangered- rural culture.

 

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Wendy's New Video of
The Freemont Adobe
from Bett's Gold Coin

 

Wendy & Video Winners
From left: Mariposa High School Multimedia Instructor Walt Hebern, 1st Place Winner Weston Slaght, 3rd Place Winner Christa Pharris, Second Place Winner James Hibpshman, Wendy Brown-Barry, Bett's Gold Coin owner Linda Halverson-Borchard
Photo courtesy Sierra Sun Times

Wendy and Video Award Winners

Bett’s Gold Coin in “Old Town” Mariposa sponsored a video contest for students of the Mariposa County High School ROP Multi-Media Communications and Design program.

Students were asked to edit and post a YouTube video, based on the original video by Kevilyn Tatman, of a Cowboy Poetry presentation done by Wendy Brown-Barry at the Gold Coin.

Prizes awarded were for Best Edited Presentation ($100) and two runner-up awards ($50 each). Weston Slaght's took the first place prize, with James Hibpshman and Christa Pharris taking second and third place prizes, respectively.

Bett's Gold Coin owner Linda Halvorson-Borchard said that it was difficult for everyone on the selection committee to make a choice between the three competing video presentations because each presented such a unique approach to the subject.

Wendy's latest poem, “The Fremont Adobe”, is her interpretation of several historical sketches that have been written about the old Gold Coin building, and its occupants, over the years. These stories, along with Wendy’s poem, can be found in the “Gold Coin Scrapbook”, an enjoyable collection of stories and pictures about the old Fremont Adobe and the Gold Coin Tavern.

Bett's Gold Coin plans on doing other video presentations and. other projects involve various local artists as part of its “The Coin Live” entertainment program and the “Where History Lives” video presentations by various local historians and community members about the early history of “Old Town” Mariposa and the Fremont Adobe.

Special thanks to Bob Borchard for this article, and Wendy would like to also personally thank Bob for providing her the opportunity to perform at the Gold Coin!

The Sierra Sun Times article on the award ceremony at Bett's Gold Coin can be found here:

Bett's Gold Coin In Mariposa Announces Video Award Winners (With Video)

 

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TOULUMNE WRITERS RETREAT

SEPTEMBER 28th, 29th, 30th

Wendy at Tuolumne

Thanks to all who joined us there!

The Tuolumne Writers Retreat was a three-day event, and was held in historic Columbia State Park.  The Sonora Writers Group sponsored it www.sonorawriters.org, and what a wonderful group of people they turned out to be!  We made many new friends and really enjoyed the whole weekend.  I was invited as a performer and a class presenter.  It was interesting to note that most of those attending were not familiar with Cowboy Poetry, so it was great fun giving them their first taste of the genre.

          The weekend began Friday night with an open mic Ghostly Poetry reading at the Columbia Cemetery.  I shared some personal ghost stories and two poems.  On Saturday morning, I taught a workshop on writing and performing Cowboy Poetry.  During lunch on Saturday, my poetry pard Madison Seamans joined me for a performance at the Douglas Saloon, where we entertained about 50 people for an hour!

Kevi  & Madison at Tuolumne

Kevin and Madison

Here, I would also like to point out that my husband Kevin is a huge part of “Happy Trails Entertainment” and is always there to help out, setting up props, announcing, being the audio man, plus anything else that needs to be done.

Wendy & Madison & Stage 

We also had some time to walk the town and take in the local color.  We all got a ride on the stage pulled by four matched black mares.  We got to ride up top with the driver, and what a view!  We were held up by a masked bandit along the way, which kept things interesting.  Saturday evening after dinner we were treated to live music by the Devil Mountain Boys Band, along with some open mic performances.  Sunday was Author’s Row Book Signing, where I was able to sell my books.  After that there were literary performances by the workshop presenters, and I performed 20 minutes of my own Cowboy Poetry!

Blanche & Danielle

Blanche Abrahms and Denella Kimura

          This event was very well organized.  The coordinator, Blanche Abrams, and the entire Sonora Writers Group did a fantastic job.  They were friendly and made everyone feel welcome.  It was a pleasure and an honor to be part of this event, and to share Cowboy Poetry with such a receptive group of people.

  Until we meet again, HAPPY TRAILS!

- Wendy

 

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Sonora Stage Coach

1st ANNUAL TUOLUMNE WRITER'S RETREAT
SEPTEMBER 28th, 29th, 30th, 2012
PRESENTED BY

THE SONORA WRITERS GROUP

Hello, everybody! Please join us for the fun at the State Historic Park in Columbia, California. It’s a Writers Retreat sponsored by the Sonora Writers Group.

For directions on how to get to Columbia and for more info, please visit the Sonora Writers Group website!

Their site is: www.sonorawriters.org.

Here's their write up, from their website:

Experience the 1st Tuolumne Writers Retreat in the State Historic Park of Columbia, California. This Gold Rush town orginally founded by miners in 1850, claims preserved brick buildings, historic artisans, period displays, shops, restaurants, hotels, & docents to transport you to another era.

While you are embedded in your favorite writing classes, your entire family will be entertained. Stage coach rides, gold panning, climbing rock formations, watching candle & candy exhibitions, and creamy ice cream cones await their arrival.

Participate in classes, hear featured speakers, take a lantern walk to the Cemetery for a Ghost Poetry Open Mic. Enjoy professional Literary Performances, Miners Nuggets of Prose & Poetry Reading on Saturday Night (Sept. 29th).

Authors Row and other special events are also planned for the public & your families, including Cowboy Poets, a tour of Downtown Columbia, CA & a concert by The Devil Mountain Boys Country Band. 

Madison Seamans and I will be perform, and I will also conduct a Cowboy Poetry Workshop! 

 

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Wendy Set To Record Poetry Video at Bett's Gold Coin Sports Tavern in Mariposa

Gold Coin front 2012

Gold Coin (Fremont Adobe)

Gold Coin logo

Hi, Folks! Wendy here again. Linda from the Bett's Gold Coin has contacted me, and the folks over at the Gold Coin want me to make a video recording as I recite the my new poem, “The Fremont Adobe” down at the Coin- which is located in beautiful downtown Mariposa, CA. They also plan to put the resulting video of me up on their web site- via You Tube!

For more info, check out their website-

please go to: www.bettsgoldcoin.com

 

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SEE WENDY AND MADISON SEAMANS

COWBOY POETRY WEEK AT THE MARIPOSA COUNTY LIBRARY

Cowboy Poetry Flyer

Performing on Saturday, April 21st

Madison Seamans

Madison Seamans, myself, and Flash will be at the Mariposa Country Library on Saturday, April 21st at 10:00 AM in celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week.

Wendy Entertains at Library 

I will have my book available for a book signing, and Madison will have his Western Art on display.

Madison has a new web site for his Western art work.  It’s www.madisonseamanscowboyart.com. Check it out!

Nine years ago, the website CowboyPoetry.com initiated Cowboy Poetry Week. In April 2003 the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, with unanimous approval, recognizing the Cowboy Poetry Week celebration. CowboyPoetry.com also sponsors the Bar D Ranch website. Their mission is to preserve and celebrate the arts and life of rural communities everywhere.

Cowboy Poetry is an oral tradition of the Old West that was born on the cattle drives of the 1800s. Sitting around their campfires, cowboys began a tradition of storytelling, poetry and song that has survived on ranches from Texas to Montana, and in recent years has entered the mainstream of literary genre.

The themes are universal, with heavy emphasis on nature, history, folklore, family, friends, and work. Cowboy Poetry records the heartbeat of the real working West, in a tradition that spans three centuries. Ranchers, cowboys, and Western writers represent the voices of this vital- yet endangered- rural culture.

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AUTHOR NIGHT
AT WASUMA SCHOOL

Wendy & Kids

I was invited to the Wasuma Elementary School in Ahwahnee on March 16th to give a cowboy poetry presentation.  It was to kick off their Book Fair Fundraiser sponsored by the PTA.  Sarah Persson, Vice President of the PTA did a fantastic job organizing the event, and was a huge help, along with her son and daughter, setting up. 

Wendy Kevin Author Night

Sarah even painted a colorful mural as a backdrop. It was a good turnout of about seventy parents and children, and we kept them entertained for almost an hour. After that, everyone was treated to refreshments and went over to where the Book Fair was set up.

Wendy Author Night

  I had a table to display my books as well.  They are selling well, and I’m getting lots of positive feedback!.  Thanks to Principal Huckabone and the Wasuma PTA for inviting me. 

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Wendy Appears at Bett's Gold Coin in Mariposa!

Wendy Kevin Gold Coin

POETRY AT BETT’S GOLD COIN SPORTS TAVERN

Wendy & Linda

The gal in blue with me is Linda Halvorson-Borchard, the propietor. She opened Bett's Gold Coin (see their website at www.bettsgoldcoin.com.) in memory of her sister, Betty, who passed away a couple of years ago.

Wendy Gold Coin

Our poetry was well received at the Gold Coin on March 9th and 10th.  We scheduled our performances around the Storytelling Festival to give folks a little of the local story here in Mariposa, and add a little variety to the festivities. 

I especially enjoyed reciting “The Fremont Adobe” in the building for which it was written, and those from out of town got to hear about some of our local history. 

Kevin did a great job setting up and taking down the PA system and props, and does a good job keeping things light and fun.  I sure appreciate his support.  We gave three presentations throughout the weekend.  We really enjoyed ourselves, and hope to do it again sometime!

Storytelling

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2012!
Wendy New Years 2012

At Don and Laurel Rumsey’s
Mother Lode Ranch,
Sonora, CA

We were invited to the Mother Lode Ranch again this year to bring in 2012 with cowboy poetry, a festive party, and music for dancing.  Don and Laurel sure know how to make everyone feel welcome.  This was our third New Year’s Eve at their ranch, and it is something to see.
New Year's Party 2012 

In past years the weather was so cold and nasty that New Year’s Day had everyone heading home early.  However, this year 2012 dawned bright and sunny, and we were treated to a wagon ride around the ranch.  The wagon was pulled by two beautiful black Percherons.
Two Black Percherons  

We were accompanied by quite a few out riders on horses and mules, and when we reached the rest stop I was offered a mule ride, which I accepted, and I got to ride back with the riders.  There were lots of smiles and lots of laughs, and it was a perfect way to bring in the new year.  The only downside to the beautiful weather was the lack of grass.  We are badly in need of rain.  Hopefully we’ll get some soon.

ALL THE BEST IN 2012!
- Wendy
Wagon Team New Year's 2012

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“The Fremont Adobe”

By
Wendy Brown-Barry

Gold Coin (Fremont Adobe)

If these walls could talk what would they say?
They’d have tales to tell of a by-gone day.
Where wagons rolled down streets that were dirt,
And miners and loggers came here to work,
And the Chinese came and built the rock walls,
And there were Indians camped by Yosemite Falls.

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The Fremont Adobe was the first building in town
It has a rich and colorful history
Most of it is written down
But some remains a mystery

We know that John C. Fremont built it
Before California became a state
Dating back to the Great Depression
1850 was the date

Gold had been discovered here
And John C. built a mine
He used the adobe for offices
And he lived in it for a time

Rumor has it below there were tunnels
That ran underneath the town
And up to the mine on the hillside
Through these tunnels the gold was brought down

Since then this building has seen many things
A café, a butcher shop
A bakery, a dry goods store
And a place that sold jewelry and clocks

It’s seen two fires and was the Gordon Hotel
Where folks could come and stay
Big murals were painted in the old saloon
And three are still here today

Later on it became the Gold Coin Club
The town’s local watering hole
Miners would come up here from Bagby
To spend their hard-earned bankroll

With gold dust and nuggets abundant
Gambling was part of the scene
Hear the shuffle of cards at the tables
And the sound of the old slot machines

Can you hear the big boots of the loggers?
They were tough, hard working, and strong
Loud voices and laughter, the rattle of dice
Echo here even though they are gone

Feel the aura left behind by that colorful crowd
Their spirits are still lurking ‘round
Looking down on the Fremont Adobe
That sits at the edge of our town

September 17, 2011

Some Background on the Fremont Adobe

Lately my poetry has taken on a new direction.  I’ve lived in the Sierras for forty years and find our local history fascinating.  If you are familiar with the town of Mariposa, then you’ve probably seen the old adobe on the corner of Fifth Street and Charles.  This building is 161 years old, and has been standing vacant for the last 22 years.  It is the oldest building in town and one of the oldest in the whole state of California.

Gold Coin 2012

Last summer the old adobe was restored, and it is now open for business as BETT’S GOLD COIN SPORTS TAVERN.  That’s when I came upon the idea of preserving our local history through cowboy poetry.  I obtained lots of information about the Fremont Adobe from our local historian, Leroy Radanovich, and created my first historical poem.  I am hoping to work with Leroy in the future, combining the old photos with historical poetry that tells their story in rhyme.

Be sure to stop by BETT’S GOLD COIN for some food and refreshments next time you’re in Mariposa.  My husband Kevin built the horseshoe bar out of solid slabs of Ponderosa Pine.  The three huge maritime murals that still remain have been restored to their original splendor by local artist Marsha Crawford, or as aka, “Yeshe”
( visit her website at pangeapacific.com ) and they are fantastic!

So, take a step back in time, and revisit a piece of the old west in Mariposa.  It’s an honor to preserve a piece of our local history through Cowboy Poetry.


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Wendy and Flash Perform at
2nd Annual Coulterville Cowboy Poetry Gathering, 2011

John Silveria & Madison SeamansFlash getting ready
John Silveria, Madison Seamans & Flash

Wendy Brown-Barry and Flash performed at the 2nd Annual Coulterville Cowboy Poetry Gathering on Sat.,Oct. 1st, 2011. The event was held at the Coulterville Community Park.
Keith Keenon & Band
Keith Keenom & his Band

Performers included Keith Keenom, Big Dan Routh, Madison Seamans, and John Silveria.

Wendy also offered her new poetry book, "Mountain Majesty" for sale at the event.

Wendy at Coulterville

This event was being sponsored by the Mariposa Arts Council- visit their site here for more info:

Mariposa Arts Council
Mariposa County Arts Council


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WENDY'S 1st POETRY BOOK-
AVAILABLE NOW!

We are thrilled to announce the publication of Wendy Brown-Barry's first volume of collected poems!

Titled "Mountain Majesty", this collection of Wendy's finest rhymes is now available for all her fans!

This beautiful book is illustrated with many photos that complement and enhance the poems.

To order your copy(ies), please e-mail Wendy at: wendybrown@sti.net, or call Wendy at: (209) 966-3095 (message phone line)

The book is only $15.00 per copy plus shipping and handling, and will make a great gift for your favourite Cowboy or Cowgirl!



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THE CODE OF THE WEST

BY WENDY BROWN-BARRY

Back in the days of the old Wild West
Before there was written law
Cowboys had rules to live by
And today they're still hard to flaw

These values and ways of behaving
Have long stood the test of time
They became known as The Code of the West
And to break them was considered a crime

Not all cowboys abided by them
But everyone knew what they were
If a man broke the Code and went to the bad
Many hardships he'd have to endure

A cowboy lived each day with courage
He acted in spite of his fear
When things were the toughest he gave it his all
He knew nothing except persevere

A cowboy was honest and loyal
He did what had to be done
A man was only as good as his word
He knew lies could not be undone

If he made a promise he kept it
To a cowboy his word was his bond
Anything worth doing was worth doing well
He knew the difference between right and wrong

A cowboy didn't like quitters
He disliked complaining and such
He took pride in his work and finished each job
Even when the going got tough

Cowboys followed the old Golden Rule
It wasn't anything new
It had been around for thousands of years
Treat others as you'd have them treat you

Consider your actions carefully
‘Cause it's just like ringin' a bell
Once it's rung you can't un-ring it
And your actions are like that as well

Would you do it if no one was watching
Even if you knew it was wrong?
If you didn't get caught would it make it OK?
Right actions will help you grow strong

So, when faced with difficult choices
Remember the Code of the West
Be the hero your pards can look up to
And the decisions you make will be best!

8/5/2010

 

Hi! My name is Wendy Brown-Barry...and I am a Cowboy Poet. Are you interested in keeping the Spirit of the West alive in your community? I provide quality Western entertainment for people of all ages. My works have been published in newspapers and magazines, and I have helped organize the Cannonball Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Mariposa, CA since 1999.

I believe that the spirit of the Wild West lives in each of us and that the "Code of the West" that so many have lived by is still pertinent today. Cowboy poetry will make you laugh...and make you cry. It touches a common thread that runs through each of us, no matter what our walk of life.

Wendy and Kids

I especially enjoy working with young folks in schools, and I have discovered some exceptional talent in classrooms!

It has been my privilege to perform with well-known cowboy poets such as Mick Vernon, Pat Richardson, and Waddie Mitchell. Also, I have entertained at the Carnegie Center for the Arts, The Stevenson Ranch, the Fresno Flats Historical Society, the Mariposa County Wagon Train, and the Coarsegold Historical Society, and I have been named a Benefactor of the Mariposa County Arts Council.

I am also available to compose customized poems just for you and your loved ones, as well as for special occasions, events, etc. Click on “Special Poetry” to view some of my “best of” examples!

***If you would like to contact Wendy with inquiries regarding performances, poetry workshops, event organizing, etc., please e-mail Wendy by clicking here: Email WENDY BROWN-BARRY or call Wendy at: (209) 966-3095 (message phone line)

 

 

Critics' Quotes

 

Mick Vernon Pat Richardson

Mick Vernon

Cowboy Poet, Musician, Executive Director of the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival

"She's pretty, she's feisty, and she wrangles a good rhyme. What more could a feller ask for?"

Pat Richardson

Cowboy Poet of the Year 2003

"Wendy performed with Waddie Mitchell and myself in Mariposa and she stole the show!"

Waddie Mitchell

Waddie Mitchell

Buckaroo Poet, co-founder of the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada

"Wendy has been an advocate and a knowledgeable go-getter that has done a world of good for the whole genre."

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 LIFE IS A TRAIL

BY WENDY BROWN-BARRY

It's in the getting there not the being there that's important

The destination ignites the spark that fuels the fire of adventure

It's the journey, the trail, the quest

The quest for something more

It's the trail that leads to ourselves

 

Happy Trails!

Cowgirl & Horse

 

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copyright 2012 

 

 

 

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Cowboy Riding

So come on down and gather 'round

Build us a campfire and sit on the ground

Let's preserve the Code of the West

Cowboy Poetry does it best!

- Wendy Brown-Barry

 

Cowboy & Campfire

Links

Click on the links below to visit these other great sites!


Madison Seamans
Equine Veterinarian

Cornerstone Equine.com

Madison Seamans' Art Work Site:

Madison's Horse artwork

www.madisonseamanscowboyart.com


David Clark - Wolf Bait Catering
www.wolfbaitcatering.com

BAR-D RANCH

Bar-D Ranch Cowboy Poetry.com


Glenda's Cowgirl Candy.com
Central Sierra Horse Trails.com
Central Sierra Nevada Horse Trails
Sheila Boyd
Sheila Boyd-It's All About Animals

Mariposa Arts Council

Mariposa County Arts Council

Gold Coin logo

Bett's Gold Coin Sports Tavern www.bettsgoldcoin.com

Western Folklife Center

Western Folklife Center - Elko National Poetry Gathering

Monterey Cowboy Poetry Festival

Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival

Mariposa Pioneer Wagon Train

Mariposa County Pioneer Wagon Train and Cannonball Poetry Gathering

Mariposa mountain Riders link

Mariposa Mountain Riders.com

Mariposa County link

Mariposa County
Home of Yosemite

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

BruceArt.net link

Artwork of John Bruce - BruceArt.net

Hummingbird Press link

Photography of Linda Gast - Hummingbird Press.com

Yosemite Wranglers.com
Yosemite Wranglers.com
Back Country Horsemen.org
Backcountry Horsemen of California