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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 288

The Old West in Folsom

Folsom got a taste of the Old West Friday with the traditional pre-rodeo cattle drive, complete with mustangs.
 Jason Williams rides Stinger, as a dog walks alongside
Jason Williams, BLM wild horse and burro compliance specialist, was joined by volunteers Brian, Reonna, Nataly and Edona Miller and Britt Porter to give the public a first-hand look at wild horses in the parade preceding the cattle drive. Williams rode his mustang, Stinger, that he uses in his job for trail work, gathering wild horses and burros, responding to fire in remote locations and at public events. Volunteers also rode mustangs gathered from herds in Nevada and Oregon.

Members of the Miller family in the mustang parade

In addition to the cattle drive, there were demonstrations by the equestrian groups in the rodeo arena before the parade this year.
Jason Williams rides Stinger in the ring
News stories on the Folsom Rodeo:
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"Saddle up, pardner, it's rodeo time; Thundering cattle drive opens annual Western fest in Folsom" (Sacramento Bee, 6/30/07)
About 3,000 people gathered for the annual event.  "At high noon, historic Sutter Street was closed down for a parade and cattle drive, a running-of-the-bulls type melee where about two dozen long-horned steers galloped wildly down the street while spectators squealed."
"The equine extremist; Former area resident puts his horses through amazing paces at rodeo" (Sacramento Bee, 7/1/07)
"You can call Tommie Turvey Jr. wacky for what he does for a living. Just don't call him a cowboy. ' No, I'm no cowboy,' he insists, despite the dusty boots and oversized belt buckle he wore Saturday while preparing for his performance at the Folsom Rodeo.  Cowboys, you see, never ride through walls of flames. At least not on purpose...."
BLM California News.bytes, issue 288

Last updated: 07-03-2007