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Waggoner Cowboys in NYC

Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch is coming to New York City this month! The Equus International Film Festival in New York City, to be exact. Jeremy Enlow will sign copies of Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch  at the festival’s Pop-Up Gallery on November 18-19. The book will be available for purchase at the event. According to the event’s website, the Equus International Film Festival “highlights, acknowledges and awards the diverse and creative efforts of those who artistically pay homage to the horse.”

We know the Waggoner cowboys rely on their horses to get the job done, and we are proud to be a part of this event. If you’re a Waggoner cowboy fan in New York, we hop you’ll come out and say hi!

When: November 18th – 19th, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: 140 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Join Jeremy Enlow November 18-19 at Equus Film Festival in NYC

Can’t make the festival? Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch ships free in the United States. Get yours now and beat the holiday rush!

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Saddle Up and Get It Done

Get ready for round 3 of never before published photos from Jeremy Enlow’s archives. (Don’t miss round 1 and round 2 in our series of photos from the archives) 

On the Waggoner Ranch, everyone saddles up and lends a hand during branding season. During Jeremy’s time on the ranch from April – June 2015, he captured the cowboys’ work during this busy season. Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch takes a look at the lives of working cowboys in the dirt and grit of day to day life.

Minimizing stress to the calves is always a top priority to the cowboys. Branding and castration is done right in the pasture, eliminating the need to pen up the calves. On the largest ranch under one fence in the U.S., a single pasture is often 6,000-10,000 acres, so the morning ride to gather calves can take a while.

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Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch Events

M.L. Leddy’s Book Signing & Customer Appreciation Party

When: October 27 from 5:30-9 p.m.
Where: M.L. Leddy’s on 2455 N Main St, Fort Worth, TX
Details: Jeremy Enlow will be signing copies of Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch on Thursday during the M.L. Leddy’s customer appreciation party. Come on down to get your signed book before the holidays and meet Jeremy! Click here to RSVP.

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Morning on the Ranch Photography Workshop

When: October 31 – November 1
Where: The Forum Wichita Falls and JC Ranch in Holiday, Texas
Details: Jeremy Enlow & Cowboy True are hosting a free workshop and ranch photography event October 31st – November 1st. Interested photographers will select one image for judging and display on the entrance trail at the Cowboy True western art show this spring. Images will be 16 x 20 aluminum. All 15 spots are currently filled, but you can read more about the event and get on the wait list here.

Sponsored by Cowboy True

Rope & Choke Cancer for George Calvin Self

When: Saturday November 5 at 1:00 p.m. |  Sunday November 6, benefit meal at 12:30, roping at 1 p.m.
Where: Santa Rosa Rodeo Grounds
Details: Waggoner Ranch cowboy George Calvin Self was diagnosed with cancer recently. If you’re near the ranch November 5th & 6th, come out for roping and a meal in his benefit. For those who cannot attend the event, checks made out to George Calvin Self can be mailed to 18818 US Highway 183 S, Electra, TX, 76360. For more information, contact Lisa Graham, Mikayla Graham, or Cindy Wells at the numbers below.

Waggoner Ranch cowboy George Calvin Self

 

Equus International Film Festival

When: November 18 -19 from 12p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Equus International Film Festival Pop-Up Gallery at 140 2nd Avenue, New York, NY, 1003
Details: Jeremy Enlow will have a table at the Equus Pop-Up Gallery. Learn more about the event on the Equus International Film Festival website here.
Thanks for supporting Texas artists and businesses! We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events.

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Good Morning, Waggoner

Mornings on the Waggoner Ranch near Vernon, Texas glow with the lights of trucks, trailers, and the moon as the cowboys get ready to drive out into the pasture. On the largest ranch under one fence in the United States, a single pasture is often 6,500-10,000 acres.

At Jimbo Glover’s signal, the cowboys leave their early breakfast to head out to work . There’s no pecking order as the cowboys line up across the horse pen. “It’s like church, sitting in the same pew every Sunday,” explains cowboy John Paul Welch. “Everybody just stands in the same place.” At Jimbo’s signal, cowboys call out the name of a horse on their string they want to ride that day.

During his time on the ranch, Jeremy Enlow photographed the early morning hours many times. From the hazy blue of a foggy morning to the crisp white moon when the cowboys got to work before the sun, you can see all manners of Texas skies in Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch. 

“There’s such a great quality of light and consistency of mood throughout the whole thing. Jeremy really captured that and carried it through. Photos are a like a paragraph. One leads to the next. I look for consistency and he did it. The images are graphic and informative. If you don’t have great light you better nail the moments. He did. He listened and he nailed it and I’m really proud of him.” -John Davidson (Director of Photography Dallas Mornings News 1984-2002)

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This Land is Our Land

Over the course of five months, Jeremy Enlow captured more than 14,000 images of the historic Waggoner Ranch. While we have a special place in our hearts for the images of the cowboys, these pictures of the land on the Waggoner are pretty spectacular.

 

With 510,527 acres behind its fence, the Waggoner Ranch has plenty of remarkable vistas and landscapes. The gallery below shows some of this Texas land.


There’s something special about the light and horizon on the Waggoner. With the ranch stretching as far as the eye can see, it seems as though the Waggoner goes on forever… And that is exactly what most people hope for – an endless, lasting fence line that holds history in its embrace.
Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch is now in its third printing, made right here in Texas. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book goes to The Waggoner Ranch Cowboys Fund. Visiting the State Fair of Texas? You can get your copy of the book at the GO TEXAN store.

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Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch at the State Fair

Get your book at the State Fair

It’s State Fair time here in Texas and we’re excited to announce that you can buy Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch at the GO TEXAN Store. After you eat your fill of funnel cakes and fried Dr. Pepper, head on over to pick up your copy!

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Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch is 100% made in Texas, by Texans, about Texans. As such, we’re proud to be amongst many other great Texan products at the GO TEXAN Store.

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Book Signing & Event with Jeremy Enlow

Come out to the State Fair of Texas and meet Jeremy Enlow for a book signing & lecture October 9th from 4-6 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture, and we know it will be a great time. Share this post with your friends and family to support Texan businesses and Texas cowboys! We can’t wait to see you there.
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Can’t make the State Fair this year? You can order Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch here.

Make Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch Your Corporate Gift

As the holidays approach, we’re pleased to announce that Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch offers corporate gift options.  No matter the size of your organization, we have options that will satisfy everyone on your list. We offer:

  • Bulk discounts
  • Shipping fulfillment services 
  • Custom signed options

Gift giving should be simple, and with Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch it is. All you have to do is complete your free quote request here and we’ll contact you with all of the information you need to order your corporate gifts. With the current stock of books available, we anticipate that this will be the last holiday season Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch will be available.

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Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch makes a great corporate giftWhat People Are Saying About the Book

“Most readers expect an oversized coffee table book to awe them with color photos, but only a few books can capture the heart of a subject in both color and text. This is one of the few.”
-Texas Tech University magazine book review (March 2016)

“Being a life long Texan (and you’ll understand this if you’re one too), I have seen more than my fair share of “The Cowboy Life” portrayed in the worst way by some slick New York or Los Angeles artist/producer/photographer/journalist… In my travels, it never fails, that I am presented with some misconceived and ill informed lore of how Texas, Cowboys, and country life if portrayed elsewhere. So when I heard about this book – I was naturally skeptical, and fully expected some mockery and over zealous portrayal of country bumpkins, akin to another horrible Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland performance.. I was horribly, horribly WRONG.”
-Amazon book review, (May 7, 2016)

What is a photo worth? Can a price be placed on an image, or does it remain priceless? What if a photo captures a piece of living history and preserves it for years so that multiple generations will know it existed? That is the sentiment behind the book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch. The glossy, bound book is comprised of 180 images displaying true Texas history and documenting a way of life.”
-North Texas Farm & Ranch magazine, (April 2016)

About Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch 

Waggoner Ranch cowboy Josh Stacey's son helps out on the ranch

In 2015, Fort Worth-based advertising photographer Jeremy Enlow visited the Waggoner Ranch over a period of five months. In the process, he captured more than 14,000 images of the largest ranch under one fence in the U.S. At the end of 2015, he released his inaugural book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, documenting the lives of 26 working cowboys from the cow camp division of the ranch. The first run of books sold out in just 10 days. Now in its final printing, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch makes a great gift, capturing the spirit of Texas.

Committed to maximum quality and supporting his state, Jeremy printed the book right here in North Texas. It’s 100% made in Texas, by Texans, about Texans. Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch is the gift your clients and employees will proudly display on their coffee tables for years to come.

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Never Before Seen Photographs of Waggoner Ranch Vol. 2

Last week, we showed you never before seen photographs of the Waggoner Ranch from Jeremy’s archives. This week, we’re back with more. The images below come from Jeremy’s archive of more than 14,000 images from his five visits to the ranch. From behind the scenes shots of Jeremy at work to more photographs of that beautiful Texas sky, we think you’ll love the gallery.

Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest for more ranch life photos of these Texas cowboys. To see Jeremy’s current photography projects, follow him on Instagram @jeremyenlow.

 

Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch is now in its third printing, made right here in Texas. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book goes to The Waggoner Ranch Cowboys Fund.

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Never Before Seen Photographs of Waggoner Ranch

During the making of Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, Jeremy Enlow visited the ranch five times and captured more than 14,000 images. This week, we’ve gone through the archives and are excited to show you never before seen photographs of the Waggoner.

Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch documents 26 cowboys on the largest ranch under one fence in the United States. Jeremy received exclusive access to photograph the ranching operations in the months preceding the sale of the ranch. Established in 1849 by Dan Waggoner, the ranch was family owned until its sale in February of this year.  We’re honored that Jeremy had the opportunity to photograph the ranch before it changed hands. He self-published and independently distributed the book, allowing him to tell the cowboys’ story just as he saw it.

“The cowboys, some whom have worked on the ranch for over 40 years, don’t have computers or four wheelers.  They cowboy the way it was done 50-75 years ago.  I wanted to document this way of life for younger generations before it disappears.” -Jeremy Enlow

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At 510,572 acres, the Waggoner is half the size of Rhode Island. The land is contiguous and contained behind one fence.

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A morning breakfast spread at the now closed cook shack. Just look at that gravy!

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Much of the Waggoner is wild and untamed. Rattle snakes, wild animals, and the dusty terrain don’t keep the cowboys from doing their job.

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Cassidy “Butch” Chambliss is considering becoming a veterinarian when she grows up. As it is, she’s already a seasoned cowgirl and does her fair share of work during spring branding.

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Waggoner Ranch cowboy Lane Sharp rides after the Remuda. The Waggoner stretches behind him as far as the eye can see.

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Bobby Daniel (left), Ricky Rios (center), and Luke Rios (right) enjoy a lighthearted conversation during their morning ride. Bobby Daniel started cowboying for the ranch in 1965, Ricky in 1982. Ricky’s son, Luke, is already skilled at lending a hand around the ranch.

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Jeremy’s youngest daughter, Clara, posed for test shots before Jeremy shot the cowboys’ portraits. We think she makes a pretty good cowgirl!

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Above, George Calvin Self multitasks, the cowboy way.

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Bobby Daniel retired this year after 51 years as Waggoner cowboy. You can see more of our favorite images of Mr. Daniel here.

 

See more photographs of this Texas icon

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be posting more never before seen images from Jeremy’s archives. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to make sure you don’t miss any. If you enjoy these photographs, be sure to order the Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch book. A limited number of copies are available, and books ship free in the United States!

 

“Being a life long Texan (and you’ll understand this if you’re one too), I have seen more than my fair share of “The Cowboy Life” portrayed in the worst way by some slick New York or Los Angeles artist/producer/photographer/journalist… In my travels, it never fails, that I am presented with some misconceived and ill informed lore of how Texas, Cowboys, and country life [is] portrayed elsewhere. So when I heard about this book – I was naturally skeptical, and fully expected some mockery and over zealous portrayal of country bumpkins, akin to another horrible Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland performance.. I was horribly, horribly WRONG.”  Amazon book review, (May 7, 2016)

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Jeremy Enlow on KFDX

In August, Jeremy Enlow visited Wichita Falls to attend the Texas Ranch Roundup. The Waggoner Ranch cowboys were present, cooking at the chuck wagon and competing in the rodeo. While there, he spoke with Samaria Terry of KFDX about recent changes on the Waggoner Ranch.

“Any new owners coming in, there’s going to be changes. But some of these changes going on are going to be hard for the cowboys and it’s hard for the communities around here. The Waggoner family was so instrumental in helping the communities. They were civic leaders and those are big shoes to fill.” – Jeremy Enlow, speaking with KFDX

Jeremy Enlow was interviewed on KFDX about recent changes on the Waggoner Ranch

Samaria Terry sat down with Jeremy Enlow for the story “What Lies Ahead for the Waggoner Ranch.” The interview aired on KFDX Texoma’s Homepage News

The interview took place shortly after news broke that Stan Kroenke was forcing Lake Diversion residents to vacate their homes.  This controversial decision has ignited passionate discussions about Kroenke’s new role at the ranch. Discussing what inspired him to make the book, Enlow said:

“I was hoping to preserve this way of life not only for future generations, but also for the new owner. To actually see the faces of the employees out there. To actually see the families and what they go through. And especially now I think that this is more important than ever, because decisions about the Waggoner Ranch are being made in Montana and Los Angeles.” 

You can read more about the KFDX interview here. To join in the discussion, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.