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Bayou Cowboys of Louisiana
#10 In The Vaquero Series
95 minutes $19.95
Louisiana is where cowboying goes along with part-time gator hunting. And Cajun and Zydeco music packs more kick than a Crawfish Etouffee. Cattle handling draws on many roots from France, Canada, Africa Spain, with a little Texas thrown in, too. Here muddy marshlands, drenching rains, and vicious hurricanes wield their influence on horses, saddles and the intrepid cowboys who ride them. So when it comes to gear, practicality rules. In this country, a cow can thrive on an acre or two of grass, compared to a hundred acres in West Texas. But a rider better pay attention when checking those cows, the Cottonmouth Moccasins are not too friendly. And those gators can spook your horse if one is caught by surprise. Underscored with local Cowboy Cajun and Zydeco music.
#9 In The Vaquero Series
116 minutes $19.95
Texas Cowpuncher Part 1
#8 In The Vaquero Series
98 minutes $19.95
The Texas Puncher cut his teeth roping wild longhorns, and then driving them east, on the Opelousas Trail to New Orleans through treacherous swamps and rivers. Years later, he headed ‘em north to the railheads. When the big ranches — XIT, Matador, Pitchfork and 06 were established, he had wild country to contend with…canyons, rivers with quicksand, mesquite thickets and cows determined never to be tamed. This was reflected in his gear and the way he works…always in a hurry to get the job done before the midday sun reaches its broiling point. Featuring Buster Mclaury, Waddie Mitchell, Boots O’Neal, Chris Lacy and ranches from the rugged west to the desert south to the pineywoods of east Texas. And music by Don Edwards, the Gillette Brothers and Ken Moore.
"Mula" Spanish for Mule – (The Long-Eared Hero of the Old Spanish Trail)
#7 In The Vaquero Series
98 minutes. $19.95
A most spectacular horse and mule raid took place in California in 1840. A motley crew of thieves raided ranchos and missions from Monterey to San Diego. Why would they risk their lives? Everyone wanted mules. Americans were on the move…headed west and there was no sturdier, more powerful and reliable means of travel than a mule. These California mules, along with finely trained Vaquero horses were driven twelve hundred miles up the Old Spanish Trail from Los Angeles to Santa Fe and then seven hundred more miles up the Santa Fe Trail to Independence Missouri. Today, mule people are just as enthusiastic about their mules as they were in the 1800s. Mules are tough, intelligent, easy keepers, always ready to do the job. Meet the men who know the mule’s secrets and sing his praises — packers Ross Knox and Graham Goodfield, mule traders Rufus and Dickie Reese, log-skidder Thomas Summers, draft mule man Charile Reed. And featuring cowboy singer and packer Dave Stamey with his new song “Never Kiss a Mule.”
"J&S has done it again! Interesting history and a wonderful tribute to Mules! They even put a little piece in there with Bob and our saddles!!"—OWS
Tierra Encantado- (The New Mexico Cowboy)
#6 In The Vaquero Series
98 minutes. $19.95
The Spaniards introduced the horse to the American frontier and the Vaqueros provided the underpinnings for the ranching culture and the genesis of the American Cowboy. The descendants of those early settlers still live in New Mexico and many of them still speak the dialect of the Conquistadors. This style of handling cattle is still practiced on the big spreads — the Bell Ranch, Pecos Ranch and San Cristobal Ranch. It’s all part of this great Southwestern melting pot where Spanish, Indian and Anglo come together, each preserving their own traditions, but forging a colorful culture unique to Tierra Encantado — the enchanted land.
Houlihan - (The Northern Range Cowboy)
#4 In The Vaquero Series
95 minutes. $19.95
While buckaroos drove cattle from the Great Basin to Montana and Wyoming, Texas punchers were driving longhorns up the Goodnight Loving Trail. The two cultures came together in Wyoming/Montana territory and the Northern Range Cowboy was born. To make a hand here, you’ve got to ride rough horses with plenty of buck in em’ and stick it out through long, cold winters. Houlihan takes you on the next leg of the Vaquero Trail — to great ranches like the Padlock, the Arapahoe and the Hoodoo, and the famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale.
Holo Holo Paniolo - (The Hawaiian Cowboy)
#3 In The Vaquero Series
96 minutes. $19.95
“Holo holo” in Hawaiian means to ride or get around. And that’s what you’ll do as you see the workings of twenty ranches across 5 islands. The Hawaiian cowboys inherited a rich history when three California vaqueros arrived on the islands to teach the Hawaiians how to rope, ride and catch the wild cattle. From this beginning they developed their own style by chasing down those wild critters on the volcanic slopes of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, roping them and necking them to a tree. The next morning, the paniolo would untie the snorting bull; snub him to his saddle horn and “lead him” down the mountain. Needless to say, this demanded great horsemanship and uncommon bravery.
The Remuda - (The Buckaroos)
#2 In The Vaquero Series
90 minutes. $19.95
In a remote Nevada cow camp, they jingle in the remuda. Steam rises up off the horses’ backs. The jigger boss’s rope whistles through the air, expertly landing on target. A buckaroo picks up a horse, halters and leads him to the corral. It’s a ritual that seems almost choreographed, but to a buckaroo, it’s just part of another day, an outgrowth of a tradition going back 300 years to the original Californio Vaqueros. Get a first-hand look at buckaroo life on remote outfits like the White Horse, YP and TS Ranches in Owyhee Country and learn the vaquero method for training horses from Buckaroo Richard Caldwell. Get a front row seat at the Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo, where they rope wild horses with a twenty-foot loop.
Tapadero - (The Californios)
#1 In The Vaquero Series
80 minutes. $19.95
With their slick-fork saddles and silver spade bits, the Californio Vaqueros still trail cattle through the golden hills of California. Meet the men and women who work the ranches and carry the tradition forward — stalwarts like Ernie Morris, the descendants of expert horsemen Bill and Tom Dorrance, spade bit man Bruce Sandifer, Jay and Deeth Harney and the young folks who are reviving the vaquero traditions. From the hackamore, to the two-rein, to straight up in the bridle, see how they make a horse as fluid as silk. Learn their secrets to braiding the rawhide reata and throwing the figure eight.
Vaquero 35 minutes $14.95
There's a misconception these days that the cowboy is a thing of the past a heroic icon, but nonetheless a relic. Vaquero will change your mind as this 35-minute documentary takes you to some of the cattle ranches on California's central coast, where they still run cattle over the same rolling hills their ancestors rode more than 200 years ago.
In those days, the California cowboys were called vaqueros, and were revered as some the the world's greatest horsemen. The vaqueros ran cows over Santa Ynez's beautiful, but formidable landscape steep soaring hills and deep ravines. And needless to say, working cattle in this country is not for the faint of heart. It took brave horses and brave men to ride them. This 35-minute exploration into the cowboy culture takes the viewer to the great land grant ranches, features interviews with cattlemen and cowboys and cowgirls who are living the life their forebears did and enjoying every minute of it.
*Not part of the Vaquero Series but qualifies for $1.50 discount if you buy 2 or more DVD’s.
*We carry a lot of the music CD’s for the artists that perform on these DVD’s!!
"We love these DVD’s, the photography, information and music is outstanding. We highly recommend them for anyone with an interest in this incredible horse culture that is making a big come back!"
Bob & Terri Beecher-Out West Saddlery
Ranch Album $20.00 Now in DVD!
Beautifully edited, this outstanding DVD — originally released as a PBS Special — is a gut-honest, straightforward telling of the modern cowboy at work. This documentary portrays what ranching and cowboying is really all about as it seamlessly takes the viewer through all four seasons on a remote cattle ranch in the tough, high country of Arizona.
Anyone outside of the working cowboy lifestyle who is interested in or curious about the ranching West will certainly come to regard this video as a treasured gem. For those of us who are lucky enough to still be living the lifestyle and riding for the brand here in the 21st Century, the rich spirit within every frame of theRanch Album video serves as a cinematic testament which captures the pride we have for our work, the innate love and great connection we feel for the land, and the reasons why we strive to keep ranching traditions alive, even in the face of challenge and change.
Gail Steiger is the featured cowboy singer, his CD “The Romance Of Western Life” is one of our shop favorites and is available for sale as well as this great DVD.
Rarely has there been a documentary produced that shows such a deep and true understanding of the culture of working cowboys and their families. In one hour's time anyone will clearly understand why the spirit of the American West is not at all a thing of myth, rumor or history, but actually a truth that has at last been captured on film for posterity. We give this video our highest recommendation!—Taylor Fogarty, Entertainment Editor, American Western Magazine - ReadTheWest.com
"The tough life of the New West cowboy is lovingly portrayed in this gorgeous film..." -Wall Street Journal.