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The Rancher

The Rancher

By The Rancher
The Rancher is a Western Heritage Podcast with stories, history, and interviews about the Western way of life. We cover history of the men, women, and horses that have shaped the west through hard work, innovation, and popular culture.
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The Lives of Buster Welch and Baxter Black (Featuring J. Ryan Chastain!)
Howdy folks! Join me and special guest J. Ryan Chastain as we discuss the lives of Baxter Black and Buster Welch.  You can find J. Ryan on youtube at TikTok @J Ryan Chastain    My Links:        YouTube:     Instagram: @therancherpod     Email:         Facebook:
July 27, 2022
The Demise of the Lazy S Ranch
Here it is folks, part three and the finale to my series on C.C. Slaughter. What becomes of his "Living Insurance Policy," the Lazy S Ranch? Tune in to find out! Check out Murrah's Book "The Rise and Fall of the Lazy S Ranch" for more information: My Links:      YouTube:   Instagram: @therancherpod    Email:       Facebook:
June 02, 2022
Austin Gamblers Launch Party Recap and PBR Teams Update
Join me as I speak with Calyn Halvorson about the launch of the Austin Gamblers and what to expect from the draft later this month. My Links:    YouTube:  Instagram: @therancherpod    Email:     Facebook:
May 05, 2022
The Rise of the Lazy S Ranch
This is the second in our three part series on C.C. "Lum" Slaughter. The Lazy S Ranch was Slaughter's plan to build an "insurance policy" for his descendants. Contemporary to Charles Goodnight, and a witness to the Fence Cutting wars, Slaughter built his ranches in the golden age of ranching just after the days of the major cattle drives. Tune into to day's episode to learn how this famous Texan and how he built his 250,000+ acre ranch in West Texas!
April 25, 2022
Legendary Ranchers: C.C. "Lum" Slaughter
Join me today in learning more about the legendary rancher C.C. Slaughter and his Texas Empire. From his Wikipedia: Christopher Columbus Slaughter (a.k.a. C.C. Slaughter or Lum Slaughter) (1837–1919) was an American rancher, cattle drover and breeder, banker and philanthropist in the Old West. After serving in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War of 1861–1865, he came to own 40,000 cattle and over one million acres of ranch land in West Texas. He became the largest taxpayer in Texas, and used his wealth to endow Baptist institutions. He was known as the "Cattle King of Texas." Book Mentioned: My Links:    YouTube:  Instagram: @therancherpod    Email:     Facebook:
April 09, 2022
Yellowstone 1883 Episode 5: The Fangs of Freedom
"The Fangs of Freedom" finds the 1883 crew in the wake of the deadly river crossing. They are weakened and threats are closing in from inside and outside of the wagon train. Learn more about how justice was delivered along the trail, what freedom means, and a whole lot more in this examination of episode 5 of Taylor Sheridan's "1883" a Yellowstone Origin Story. Episode 5 Synopsis: Articles referenced: My Links:   YouTube:  Instagram: @therancherpod     Email:    Facebook:
April 04, 2022
Legendary Ranchers: Ellen "Cattle Kate" Watson
This week's episode focuses on a truly legendary rancher: Cattle Kate. Rarely does a rancher meet mythic proportions, but Ellen Watson and her partner Jim Averell became the topic of legend through the tragedy that befell them on their homesteads near the Sweetwater in Rawlins, Wyoming. Listen in to learn more! From her Wikipedia: Ellen Liddy Watson (July 2, 1860[1] – July 20, 1889) was a pioneer of Wyoming who became known as Cattle Kate, an outlaw of the Old West, although the characterization is a dubious one, as subsequent research has tended to see her as a much maligned victim of a self styled land baron. Watson had acquired homestead rights on land with water resources vital to the wealthiest rancher in the county, Albert Bothwell, when she was accused by him of cattle rustling. She was abducted from her home and lynched along with her husband by Bothwell and some other ranchers he had incited against her. The bodies were left hanging for 2 days, and the reputation that attached to her until recently was quickly established by newspaper publicity. Accounts of Watson as a rustler are now regarded as highly biased. Her life has become an Old West legend, and inspired a number of television and film accounts. Help Ranchers affected by the fires in Texas here: My Links:   YouTube:  Instagram: @therancherpod     Email:    Facebook:
March 24, 2022
Yellowstone 1883: Episode 4 "The Crossing" and How Rivers Were Forded Moving West
We are covering episode 4 of Taylor Sheridan's Western Period Epic: 1883. This episode found the crew facing another obstacle on their way to paradise: The Brazos River. River crossings were inherently dangerous due to the sheer number of variables they presented. Tune in and learn more in this episode of "The Rancher." Links mentioned in the show: Pioneers Talk (Oregon Trail Center) Why Germany Banned Swimming (ScreenRant) Crossing a River was Sometimes a Risky Endeavor (Deseret News) "Goodbye to a River: A Narrative" by John Graves My Links:  YouTube: Instagram: @therancherpod    Email:   Facebook: 
March 16, 2022
Western Sports Wednesday: A Rodeo Ban in LA?
This Edition of Western Sports Wednesday addresses the proposed ban on rodeo in the city of of Los Angeles. -Western Justice Legal Fund: -Protect the Harvest: -American Horse Council: -AQHA: My Links: Instagram: @therancherpod    Email:   Facebook: Youtube:
February 23, 2022
Yellowstone 1883: Episode 3 "The River" and the Dangers of Life on the Trail
This Episode focuses on Episode 3: The key theme of the episode was the omnipresence of death on the trail. Join me as we dive into the most common dangers on the Oregon trail and how the show portrays them. Outsider Article: National Park Service Page:,were%20crushed%20under%20the%20wheels. Instagram: @therancherpod   Email:  Facebook:
February 13, 2022
Yellowstone 1883: Episode 2 "Behind Us, a Cliff" history and Fort Griffin
This Episode focuses on Episode 2: Behind Us, a Cliff and the cattle round up in fort griffiin. Learn more about Fort Griffin from the Texas State Historical Society: more history from the Texas Historical Commission: Instagram: @therancherpod  Email:  Facebook:
February 07, 2022
Yellowstone 1883: Episode 1 "1883" history and Hell's Half Acre
Join me as I talk through the history in episode 1 of "Yellowstone: 1883" topics include a recap of the episode, my thoughts on the show, and history of Hell's Half Acre in Fort Worth. Instagram: @therancherpod  Email:  Facebook:
January 20, 2022
Western Sports Wednesday: PBR Teams
Join me and and special guest Calyn Halvorson as we talk about the hottest topic in western sports today: PBR Teams. The PBR announced they will be launching a team series this year with 8 teams in cities across the US competing for the title of league champion. Learn more on this week’s episode. Instagram: @therancherpod  Email:  Facebook:
January 12, 2022
Yellowstone 1883: Historical Background
NEW SERIES! I am excited to launch a new series of episodes that will cover the new tv show: Yellowstone 1883. Join me as I provide historical context to the Yellowstone prequel and compare real life individuals to the characters in the show. Instagram: @therancherpod  Email:  Facebook:
January 05, 2022
Legendary Ranchers: Teddy Roosevelt Part 3
This is the final episode of the Legendary Ranchers: Teddy Roosevelt Series. We will be exploring the impact of Roosevelt's ranching years, visiting the town of Medora, and much more! Instagram: @therancherpod  Email:  Facebook:
January 04, 2022
Legendary Ranchers: Teddy Roosevelt Part 2
This episode brings you part 2 of 3 of the story of our "Cowboy President" Mr. Theodore Roosevelt. He ranched in Modern-Day Western North Dakota in the Mid-1880s and the experience he gained changed the trajectory of American Conservation for the better. Listen in to learn more! Instagram: @therancherpod  Email:  Facebook:
October 27, 2021
Interview with Dr. Rebecca Bellone, Director of the UC Davis VGL
I am joined on today's show by Dr. Rebecca Bellone of the UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory to talk more about genetic diseases in horses, the testing they do at UC-Davis, and the importance it has on our industry. Dr. Bellone earned her Ph.D. in Equine Genetics from the University of Kentucky in 2001.  Subsequently she was on faculty in the Department of Biology at the University of Tampa for twelve years while there she was a three time recipient of the College of Natural and Health Sciences Outstanding Scholar Award She relocated to California and joined that faculty of UC Davis in 2014.  Since 2002, she has led an equine genetics and genomics research program investigating many diverse traits in the horse including pigmentation and genetic disorders. The overarching goal of her research program is to identify and understand genetic variation that can explain phenotypes of interest and those of medical importance. Her research team has discovered causal mutations for several pigmentation traits and ocular disorders in horses including Appaloosa spotting, congenital stationary night blindness, and ocular squamous cell carcinoma, among others.  She is currently investigating the genetics of several additional ocular disorders, as well as pigmentation traits, performance triats, and genetic diversity in horses and is working with the team of scientist working to gain a better understanding of the regions of the horse genome that regulate tissue specific gene expression.  Dr. Bellone is a Professor in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction and is the Director of the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, a unit of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis with an international reputation as experts in veterinary genetic testing. Links mentioned in the episode: Social Media:
October 19, 2021
Interview with Miss Rodeo Mississippi: Mary Claire Cornett
Today I am joined by Miss Rodeo Mississippi, Mary Claire Cornett, to talk about how she got involved in Miss Rodeo, what her experience has been like, and much much more.  You can find Mary Claire at: Facebook:  Instagram:
October 11, 2021
Legendary Ranchers: Teddy Roosevelt Part 1
This episode brings you the story of our "Cowboy President" Mr. Theodore Roosevelt. He ranched in Modern-Day Western North Dakota in the Mid-1880s and the experience he gained changed the trajectory of American Conservation for the better. Listen in to learn more! Instagram: @therancherpod  Email:  Facebook:
October 08, 2021
Western Sports Wednesday September 29, 2021
Join me this week for another edition of Western Sports Wednesday. I talk about the Quarter Horse Congress, the Return to the Remuda Sale, Ranch Rodeo, Salinas, and NFR qualifying! Instagram: @therancherpod Enter to win my giveaway on instagram! Email:  Facebook:
September 30, 2021
Historian Gail Hughbanks Woerner on the Early Years of Organized Rodeo
I am joined by Rodeo Historian Gail Hughbanks Woerner to talk about the early years of organized rodeo, including the precursor to the PRCA: The Cowboy's Turtle Association. Gail has written 5 books on the history of rodeo, and has a few others in the works. You can learn more about her on her website: The Oral History Project can be found here: Instagram: @therancherpod (Enter to win a free copy of Gail's book "The Cowboys' Turtle Association" by following my instagram for more details!) Please rate and review on itunes
September 27, 2021
Western Sports Wednesday September 22, 2021
Check in on the Pro Rodeo world as the season comes to an end. Who is still on top and who is heading to the NFR? Only one week left to find out! Instagram: @therancherpod  Facebook:  Want to hear the rest of my podcasts? Podcast Link:   Questions/Input/Requests:
September 22, 2021
Legendary Ranchers: Robert Denhardt
Robert Denhardt might be a name you haven't heard before, but if you own a quarter horse or have ever watched them compete, you owe him a debt of gratitude. Find out more about the man who helped start the American Quarter Horse association, and the author of some of the most influential books and articles on the breed in today's episode Denhardt's AQHA HoF Bio:  Books by Denhardt:  Want to hear the rest of my podcasts? Podcast Link:  Questions/Input/Requests: 
September 20, 2021
Legendary Horses: Wimpy P-1
Wimpy P-1 holds the honor of being the first registered American Quarter Horse. Learn more about his life on the King Ranch and impact on the American Quarter Horse breed. Chronicle Story: Instagram: @therancherpod Email: Facebook:
September 16, 2021
Mabel Doss Lea and the Fence Cutting Wars of 1883
Today's episode focuses on the West Texas Rancher Mabel Doss Lea and the Fence Cutting War of 1883. Mabel Doss Lea was pioneering female rancher who successfully lobbied the state of Texas to address the issues of fence cutters that were plaguing the state. Listen in to learn more! Instagram: @therancherpod  Email: Facebook: 
September 12, 2021
Legendary Ranchers: Charles Goodnight
Join me for the 10th episode of the Rancher Podcast where I talk about one of the greatest ranchers of all time: Charles Goodnight
September 08, 2021
Western Sports Wednesday: September 1, 2021
Join me for the inaugural WSW as we talk about Stetson Wright’s dominant all around performance in the PRCA, The AQHYA Youth World Championship, the Run for A Million reining, and other competitions going on this month!
September 01, 2021
Legendary Horses: Poco Bueno
This episode addresses the significant role, for better or worse, that Poco Bueno had on the American Quarter Horse Breed. Please leave a review if you can on this podcast and follow my Instagram (@therancherpod)
August 30, 2021
Legendary Horses: Man O’ War
Join me as I talk about the most influential and famous thoroughbred racehorse of the 20th century. You can also follow me @therancherpod on Instagram or like my Facebook page!
August 27, 2021
Legendary Horses: Bulle Rock
Today’s episode focuses on an important horse that is not well known, Bulle Rock. He holds a significant distinction in equine history, but has a mysterious lack of information on him. Join me today to learn more!
August 16, 2021
The Chisholm Trail Part 2: The Man, The Trail, The Confusion
Join me as I talk through the details of the Chisholm Trail, Jesse Chisholm himself, and the controversies that surrounded the trail.
August 11, 2021
The Chisholm Trail Part 1: Cattle Driving
Join me for part 1 of the Chisholm Trail as I describe the life of a cattle drover and the background for why cattle drives were needed
August 06, 2021
Legendary Horses: Dash for Cash
Today I talk about one of the greatest Quarter Horses to grace the track and an incredible sire who still impacts our industry today.
December 14, 2020
The History of the National Finals Rodeo (NFR)
The 2020 NFR starts this week in Arlington, Texas, the 5th location it has been held since it began in the late 1950s. Check out this podcast to learn more about that history. Link to YouTube video mentioned:
December 03, 2020
The History of the American Quarter Horse Breed
Join me for the inaugural episode as I discuss the history and founding of the American Quarter Horse breed from its origins to the founding of AQHA.
December 02, 2020