Kev's Log:  "Inside Passages"

Log Gallery Slideshow

Red Squirrel (or Pine Squirrel, or Chickaree)
First one of these guys we've seen at the ranch...
Working on one of the Jeeps yesterday, he came right up to me.
Rewarded with a couple of peanuts, he's back again this morning...

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Fire Twirling Gal
Back alleys of Denver, tonight...
IDEA: Take two fireballs connected by chain, and twirl for hypnotic effect.
How it Started: 
Who really knows, but thought to have been invented by Maoris, now picked up by the neo-hippie party crowd. 
Judgement Call: Very, very hot despite--or because of--its danger.

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Tropical Fish
with a twist...

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Band Practice-circa 1966

The Palmer Estate, Center Island, NY
(L to R) Ed DeVito, Kevin Scofield, Mick Darcey

Received this pic in a email last night from a long time friend Jimmy Smith and figured it would be a great addition to the log.
Growing up 25 miles from NYC on the north shore of Long Island,
there were many areas sprinkled with large estates representing New York’s “old money”…
Throughout my youth and especially during my “band years” it was fun having friends in “high places” (or at least their parents were) and tapping into that whole scene. An incredible scene it was too!
At 16 years old, it was on this particular sprawling, ivy covered estate, owned by one of our guitarists Charlie “Bumpy” Palmers grandfather (once Chairman of the Board for Squibb Pharmaceuticals) we had access to the “beach house” for band practice.
 Story has it this was the very place that Peter Fonda had learned to drive a motorcycle for his movie Easy Rider…

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2008 National Western Stock Show (reunion)
Taking some time out to catch up on things, Good friend Eric Swenson and I had not seen each other since he was last in Denver competing at the 2007 Stock Show Rodeo.
I was unable to get to he and Libby's wedding in Denison,Texas this past October due to work related bullshit,
fortunately Pam made it and held up the Scofield end at the bar.

At 34 years old, riding Bareback Bronc events with more than 100 rodeos yet to ride,
Eric's determination to become a world champion this year is unwaivering! 

Eric Swenson
May 14, 1974 (Dallas, Texas)
Residence: Bonham, Texas
Joined PRCA: 1994
World Titles: 0
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 3 (1998-99, 2005)
Pace Picante Series Qualifications: 4
Pace Chute-out: 2002, 2005
Pace Challenge: 2001
Pace Classic: 2005
2005 World Standings Place
: 13th

2005 Wrangler NFR Place: 14th
2005 Wrangler NFR Earnings: $0
2005 Earnings: $78,684
Career Earnings: $430,117

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Bareback Rider Eric Swenson
A great ride, but the judges only scored him with 78 points last night.
High score was 83 keeping Eric from going on to the short-round...

Bareback riding is the most physically demanding event in rodeo, its toll on the body is immense.
Muscles are stretched to the limit, joints are pulled and pounded mercilessly, ligaments are strained and frequently rearranged. The strength of the broncs is exceptional and challenging them is often costly.
Bareback riders endure more punishment, suffer more injuries and carry away more long-term damage than all other rodeo cowboys.
As the bronc and rider burst from the chute, the rider has to mark out his horse. In other words, he must have both spurs above the horse’s shoulders until the horse’s feet hit the ground after its initial move from the chute. If the cowboy fails to do this, he is disqualified.
As the bronc bucks, the rider pulls his knees up, dragging his spurs up the horse’s shoulders. As the horse descends, the cowboy straightens his legs, returning his spurs over the point of the horse’s shoulders in anticipation of the next jump.
But it takes more than sheer strength to make a qualifying ride and earn a money-winning score. A bareback rider is judged on his spurring technique, the degree to which his toes remain turned out while he is spurring and his exposure, or willingness to lean far back and take whatever might come during his ride.


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Libby Swenson on her horseTonka
 Barrel Racer (and also Eric's wife) Libby is currently ranked #1 in the world!

Barrel racing is one of professional rodeo’s most colorful and exciting events.
The fast-paced contest teaming horse and rider is similar to a horse race,
it's easy to understand and ranks just behind bull riding in crowd popularity.
Barrel racing began as a friendly challenge of horsemanship skills between cowgirls and has developed into a multi-million dollar professional sport.
Matter of fact, in 1999, the world champion barrel racer took home the highest season earnings check of any professional rodeo athlete.
Once considered a sideline event of traditional rodeos, barrel racing is now an integral part of most PRCA rodeos.
From the grandstands, the event seems simple. Horse and rider cross the start line at a run, follow a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels, then dash across the finish line. What is not seen are the years of practice required to train that horse to run barrels.
The times of top riders are so close that electronic timing devices accurate to the hundredth of a second must be used.

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Libby and Tonka sprinting to stop timing clock...
With a elapsed time of 15.68, Lib will not make the final round at this rodeo...
missed it by just 8/100's of a second...

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Jessica and Libby
Rodeo # 16 completed and now history
Cowgirl fun at the Chute-Out Bar!
Downstairs, National Western Complex

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