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A Family That Works Together

 By Dorinda Troutman, RMR Staff Writer

 

August 2013 issue  

 

 

      The Deveraux family is a hard-working and hard-playing ranch family who lives in Newcastle , Wyoming . They are one family who seem to epitomize “Families & Horses,” Rocky Mountain Rider Magazine’s annual August theme.

      Craig Deveraux, who rode broncs in college and pro competitions, is a cattle rancher and horse trainer, and along with his wife Jolene, is raising their kids in the Western ranching tradition.

      In addition to kids and cattle, the Deverauxes raise well-bred colts and purchase promising young ranch horses to use and improve for their yearly sale of prime ranch and competition horses at the Full House Elite Performance Stock Horse Sale.

      All three kids — Abi, age 15, and Cooper and Jake, both age 12 — are involved in youth rodeo competitions. But it is on the ranch where they are learning life skills.

      Craig spoke from the road on his way from the National Finals High School Rodeo where Abi had been competing, to Cheyenne Frontier Days, where he and the kids would help out in the arena during the rodeo.

      “The kids are finally big enough to really help,” explains Craig. “We run about 1,000 weanlings in a typical year, and there is a lot of doctoring of eyes and feet in the summer, when those steers can weigh 900 pounds. There’s a lot of roping of hundreds of cows. You can imagine — it’s a daily thing — and, if you’re not paying attention, things can happen really fast.

      “When we are getting the horses ready for our sale, we spend a lot of time working cows on them, and it teaches and enhances all kinds of horsemanship skills for the kids.”

      Craig told how Cooper had bought a little horse this past year that he really liked, and started off working him with ropes.  

 

      “That horse was acting up a bit and Cooper kept swinging the rope, not letting the gelding settle down. Cooper needed to learn how to back off, so I got on the horse and gently showed Cooper that you don’t just cram a new idea down a horse’s throat — you slowly show him.

      “When we’re getting horses ready (for the sale), it’s a family deal. Our niche is horses that even kids can ride or rodeo on.

      “All things considered, when our kids work with so many different horses, it not only teaches a strong work ethic, but horsemanship and patience, as well.”

      When asked how he saw the future for his children, Craig said that he hoped that they would excel at rodeo and, like he did, pay for college that way, and get an education.

     If they wanted to become an engineer or anything else, he was all for it. If they wanted to come back to the ranch and work with him or take it over, that would be great, too.

       

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