Todays “Gena-a-day” is from the ranch rodeo at Nanton last summer; cowboy gear at it’s finest. The cowboys (and girls) in ranch rodeo have a distinctively different style of dress and gear than that of rodeo cowboys. The chink chaps here (short chaps, these ones with extravagantly long fringes) are derived from the “chinkaderos” of the Vaquero, combined with the leggings worn by the native Americans. The high heeled boots and silver spurs also get their heritage from the Spanish. Everything is designed for functionality, but the love of history, the handmade beauty and quality is an added bonus that continues today while the rest of the world seems to go to the cheap plastic “knock off”. I guess that’s why I’ve always loved cowboy gear.
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