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A Cowboy’s Faith: Helping others with horses

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Rosie was most influential directing a wannabe cowboy’s involvement with horses.”

Induction of Rosie Rezac Clymer into Dodge City’s Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame as a rancher/cattlewoman brought memories.

The first person met at the first show ever participated in was Rosie Rezac. Smiling, she proudly rode her sorrel mare Cindy in every class often taking the prize.

Young riders watched Rosie closely, anticipating her “good job” acknowledgement. Thereafter, Rosie was at all area horseshows, helping, encouraging everybody.

Rosie Clymer, Kansas Cowboy Hall of Famer

Wherever Rosie was riding so was her best friend Faye Peck. They rode in the pair race and invited young riders to be on their relay team. At an Emporia show, the cowgirls asked a wannabe to ride with their team. The foursome won and the young team member received his first blue ribbon.

Trade learned from her dad; Rosie was a skilled farrier, shoeing horses over a wide area for years.

Fate in action, Rosie started teaching in local schools. Everybody knew Miss Rezac, usually just “Rosie,” who met area rancher-farmer, Earl. Soon after, she became Mrs. Clymer, still typically “Rosie.”

Rosie and Earl were in the cattle business, farmers, known as “toughs” in the rodeo wild cow milking. Athletic Rosie roped, big Earl mugged, Rosie milked, ran, and they usually won.

Arabian horses appealed to Rosie’s giddy-up-go, although she took jovial flak from certain cowboys. Still, Rosie on her homebred Arabians beat them whatever the competition.

An excellent marketer, Rosie sold her own horses, helped others sell horses, and located suitable horses for friends to buy.

Farmer in her genes, Rosie bought one of the first big round balers, custom baling hay every summer.

Young women received lifetime knowledge working for Rosie, doing what needed done with horses and farming.

Strong in faith, Rosie served her Lord generously even as a circuit preacher sometimes traveling horseback.

While Rosie had always trained her own horses, she matured, and offered training opportunities to younger riders. Satisfaction for their work was communicated by Rosie helping develop training careers.

Making Rosie’s Hall of Fame induction more special is joining Faye Peck Heath, last year’s rodeo cowgirl inductee.

Recipient of the Rosie Clymer Memorial Ranch Horse Pleasure Award this year was heartwarming.

Rosie was one-of-a-kind always helping others.

Reminded of Philippians 2:4: “Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.”

Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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