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The Resource 92 days in the saddle, by Mike Butler ; illustrated by Dale Crawford

92 days in the saddle, by Mike Butler ; illustrated by Dale Crawford

Label
92 days in the saddle
Title
92 days in the saddle
Statement of responsibility
by Mike Butler ; illustrated by Dale Crawford
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Readers who become immersed in this account of a man, his wife, two horses and a dog pitted against the harsh but beautiful Rocky Mountains--racing a deadline to win a two-hundred-dollar bet--will be curious about the beginning of the adventure. The beginning goes back to the lush golf courses of California where Mike was a highly successful golfer in high school. With numerous championships behind him, he enrolled in the school for pros and became a regular on local touring circuits. After ten years as a successful pro golfer, Butler joined the Marines and served in Vietnam. There an arm wound took away his career as a golfer and the ex-Marine, who had been competing daily against the best in the skilled sport, chose to compete against a more subtle and most demanding opponent--himself. Butler had dreamed the dream of most young boys--of being a cowboy in the diminishing American West. A school for beginning rodeo competitors resulted often in a wounded ego and battered body, but these setbacks did not dampen his desire to ride and work with horses and with the unusual breed of man holding on to the last trace of the frontier. A regular shortage of funds slowed his schedule of training to be a rodeo cowboy, but Butler met this problem as he had those on the golf circuit. When he ran out of money, he dropped out the "game," went back to the "driving range" (a job of breaking horses, tending cattle, working wherever the pay included room and board) until he could get back into the real action--that of being a rodeo cowboy. Mike committed himself to an unusual task on a Saturday night after a rodeo in North Dakota. Sitting in a bar with that week's contingent of cowboys, replaying the events of the competition, Mike found that several beers were talking for him. he boasted that he could ride a horse from the Canadian border to Deadwood, S.D., within a 20-day time limit. The challenge was taken up by his companions, and a two-hundred-dollar bet was waged. Ruth Butler, Mike's wife (a child protection worker in the social services department) knew nothing of ths [sic] Saturday night bet made in a bar that would change the course of her life so drastically until the die was cast. She learned of it quickly, however, as Mike bought two horses--one to ride and one to pack his gear--and began to prepare for the trip. Although Ruth, daughter of a minister, was not a pioneer woman as depicted in western magazines, she was a good sport and rose to the challenge. The tasks that faced Mike, then, included teaching his wife to ride, breaking horses to the trail and planning for the survival in the High Country of the great Rocky Mountains that sit astride the center of the nation. The account that Mike Butler has set down in these pages will not only entrance you--it should convince a television generation that challenging frontiers still exist in this most advanced of nations -- Book jacket
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
917.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
F640
LC item number
.B84 1975
Literary form
non fiction
Label
92 days in the saddle, by Mike Butler ; illustrated by Dale Crawford
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I wanna be a cowboy -- Journey preparations -- The beginning of the trail -- Deadwood or bust -- The four mile ranch -- On to Wyoming -- Ruth and the Big Horn Mountains -- The red desert -- Rain, rain, and more rain -- Steamboat springs and the end
Control code
2213450
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
135 pages
Lccn
76358647
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)2213450
Label
92 days in the saddle, by Mike Butler ; illustrated by Dale Crawford
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I wanna be a cowboy -- Journey preparations -- The beginning of the trail -- Deadwood or bust -- The four mile ranch -- On to Wyoming -- Ruth and the Big Horn Mountains -- The red desert -- Rain, rain, and more rain -- Steamboat springs and the end
Control code
2213450
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
135 pages
Lccn
76358647
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)2213450

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