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And the Winner is…

Last week, we announced our one of a kind giveaway: a copy of Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch signed by Bobby Daniel. More than 200 of you entered the giveaway on our Facebook page. Thank you to everyone who entered and shared it with friends!

 

Bobby Daniel signed a one of a kind copy of Jeremy Enlow's book Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch

 

And now, we are excited to announce that the giveaway winner is Matthew Zeiger. Enjoy your book! It’s truly a piece of Texas history, signed by a legend who worked the Waggoner for more than 50 years.

About Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch

Made in Texas, by Texans, about Texans, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch tells the story of 26 working cowboys on the historic Waggoner Ranch. Photographed and published by Fort Worth based photographer Jeremy Enlow, it has won a number of awards and is currently on its third printing. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book benefits the Waggoner Ranch Cowboys Fund.

 

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You could win a copy of Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch signed by Bobby Daniel!

We’re giving away 1 copy of Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch signed by Bobby Daniel. Bobby signed this book during Jeremy’s recent visit to his home in Seymour, Texas. If you love Texas cowboys and the Waggoner Ranch, you’ll want to win this book!

Like our Facebook page then comment on this post for your chance to win!  One lucky winner will be announced on our Facebook page February 26th, so hurry on over.

Visit our Facebook page to find out how you could win a signed copy of Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch

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1. Eligibility: This Campaign is open only to those who like the Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch Facebook page. and who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. The Campaign is only open to legal residents of the United States, and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Campaign. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

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3. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on February 21, 2017 10:00 am CST and ending February 26, 2017 at 11:59 pm. All online entries must be received by February 26, 2017 at 11:59 pm in order to be counted.

4. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by liking the Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/cowboysofthewaggonerranch/ and commenting on the Facebook post linked above. The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch.

5. Prizes: The Winner(s) of the Campaign (the “Winner”) will receive one copy of the book Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch signed by Bobby Daniel. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

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Waggoner Ranch: 1 Year Later

A lot has happened this year on the Waggoner Ranch. Last February, the Waggoner sold to Stan Kroenke after being listed for $725 million. With the sale, 165+ years of family ownership came to an end. The largest ranch under one fence in the United States remains a contiguous working ranch, although things have changed throughout the year.

Stan Kroenke bought the Waggoner Ranch 1 year ago

After the sale of the ranch, the bunkhouse and cook shack closed down. About one third of the Waggoner cowboys have retired or been let go. Then the Waggoner made news when Kroenke forced Lake Diversion residents to leave their homes.

“But they will survive. They are cowboys. They live by another ethic that reveals itself in their work and how they relate to each other. They value people over things. They have a sense of personal responsibility. They know who they are, and they aren’t going to be less than that for anybody.” -Jan Batts in Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch

The cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch are resilient men, adept at coping with life’s many unpredictable changes. Bobby Daniel has retired to Seymour, Texas, where he raises goats. Some cowboys have moved on to other ranches. And many show up day after day to work the largest ranch under one fence in the United States as they have for decades.

The Waggoner Ranch was family owned for 165+ years before selling to Stan Kroenke in 2016

A year after the sale, we’re proud to be telling the story of this historic ranch and the cowboys who have called it home. Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch was photographed the year before the ranch sold, preserving a way of life for future generations.

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Waggoner Ranch from Overhead

It can be hard to visualize what a 510,527 acre ranch looks like. On the ground, the Waggoner Ranch looks endless, stretching as far as the eye can see in any direction. To get a better look at the scope of the ranch, Jeremy Enlow photographed the ranch from a Cessna airplane. You can see his aerial photographs of the Waggoner Ranch below.

Wanting to capture just the right moments on the ranch, Jeremy didn’t use a drone for any of the aerial photographs. Instead, he took all of the images himself while flying overhead.  These aerial shots can be seen in Jeremy’s book Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch. Get yours today and enjoy free shipping in the United States!

 

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Jeremy’s photographs of the Waggoner Ranch document many iconic aspects of the ranch.  Taken a year before the ranch sold to Stan Kroenke, they capture the ranch right before its historic change of hands, preserving a way of life for future generations. Some things have changed on the Waggoner since then, including the closing of the Waggoner Ranch cook shack. As time passes, this photographic history of the ranch becomes increasingly precious.

Debbie’s cooking philosophy was simple: “Lots of calories,” she laughs. None of it goes to waste. The cowboys filled their plates from the cafeteria-style line up of from-scratch comfort food. When the cook shack was open, Debbie made breakfast and lunch six days a week for the twenty-six cowboys.

You can see more photos of the Waggoner Ranch cook shack here, and what it looked like in the 1980s here.

Jeremy Enlow of Steel Shutter Photography photographed the cow camp at the Waggoner Ranch

It takes a lot of coffee to be a cowboy.

Debbie’s cooking was always mouthwateringly delicious and filling.

Weldon Hawley, right, is always the last to eat and the first to head to work.

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Everyday Grit

“I was shocked a ranch this size still existed with so many Cowboys still practicing cowboying the way it was done 100 years ago, with just their ropes and horses.  The land on the Waggoner is beautiful, but it’s the Cowboys on the ranch that make it a special place.” -Jeremy Enlow

The Waggoner Ranch cowboys work hard to keep the ranch’s cattle camp operations going. A work week is 5 and a half days long, averaging 10 hours per day.  “When I started thirty years ago, we had two vehicles,” says Weldon Hawley. “We rode in the camper in the back of the wagon boss’ truck. The chuck wagon was out (instead of cowboys driving in to eat at the cook shack). We have radios and cell phones and the helicopter. Everything else is about the same as it always has been.”

Cowboying this way is a hard, demanding way of life that requires a lot of grit. As predictable as their work is, any number of things – the weather, a startled horse, a debilitating accident, disease taking hold of the herd – can change everything in a moment. Cowboys are accustomed to uncertainty. They face each new day as it comes, making the best of it.

These are the cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch.

Jeremy Enlow of Steel Shutter photography documented the Waggoner Ranch in 2015

Waggoner Ranch near Vernon, TX photographed by Dallas advertising photographer Jeremy Enlow

Jeremy Enlow is a Dallas / Fort Worth advertising and media photographer

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Merry Christmas, Y’all

‘Twas the week of Christmas, and all around the ranch all the cowboys were working the DDD brand. “The only weather we don’t work in is rain and lightning and when it’s too hot for the stock,” says ranch manager Weldon Hawley. Cowboys work ten hours a day, five and a half days a week. “There’s always enough cowboys around for an emergency, like fighting a grassfire or something,” says Jimbo Glover. “Somebody asked me, ‘What do you want to be when you get big?’ and I said, ‘I ain’t going to be a fireman, I’ll tell you.’”

 

Cowboys practice old-fashioned virtues. “Integrity is what the world’s missing now,” Weldon Hawley says. “There’s a lot of pride in their work, a bunch more so than anywhere else.”

Arriving at the pasture where they’ll work, the cowboys unload their horses and mount up in the faint glow of the moon and their vehicles’ lights.

“To do this, you just have to love it,” says Weldon Hawley. And the Waggoner cowboys do love their work; you can see it in every face as they ride out into the pasture. They are a living image of the American West. And this is an opportunity to see who they really are. These are the cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch.

 

Whether you’re reading from the city or the ranch, we hope you have a very merry Christmas. Don’t have a copy of Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch yet? There’s still time to get yours in time for Christmas. Just choose priority shipping by December 21st and it will get to you in time for the holiday!

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Holiday Shipping

Help Santa out, Texas style. Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch is made in Texas, by Texans, about Texans. With our new Priority shipping option, there’s plenty of time to order the book for everyone on your Christmas list.

Shipping Deadlines

In order to receive your book by Christmas, please order by the dates below

  • FREE SHIPPING | Order by December 15th
  • PRIORITY SHIPPING | Order by December 21st

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The Story as Old as Texas

“The book shows we’re still surviving, doing things like they did 100 years ago, the cowboy way.” –  Waggoner Ranch Manager Weldon Hawley quoted in Western Horseman, (March 2016).  Mr. Hawley has worked at the Waggoner since 1976. 

In 1849, Dan Waggoner began the ranch with 6 horses, 242 longhorns, and a bit of land in Wise County. Over time, the ranch grew and moved out towards Wichita Falls. It is now the largest ranch under one fence in the United States, spanning 6 counties. Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch is proud to be a GO TEXAN product

Jeremy Enlow visited the Waggoner in 2015 to document the 26 cowboys working the ranch. The result is his inaugural book, Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch. Printed in North Texas, we’re proud that Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch is a GO TEXAN product.

 

 

Made in Texas, by Texans

This Christmas, GO TEXAN and give everyone on your list a gift made in Texas, by Texans, about Texans. The largest ranch under one fence in the United States, the Waggoner Ranch is nearly as old as Texas. Texas native Jeremy Enlow spent five months photographing the 26 working cowboys who live there. The result is the award-winning Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, a 140 page full color coffee table book printed right here in North Texas.  

GO TEXAN this Christmas when you order Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch

“Printing bids were much cheaper in Asia, but for this book not only did I want it to be printed in the United States but specifically in Texas,” says Jeremy Enlow. “It is important to me to know the working conditions are safe and people are being treated fairly.  Texans, myself included, are proud of their state.  I consider it a great achievement that this book was 100% made by Texans in Texas.

Texan from start to finish

Jeremy along with John Davidson (editor), Julie Enlow (producer), Jan Batts (copy), Yvette Bowling (design), Julie Hatch (Public Relations/Media) and Hunter Mills (Public Relations/Social Media) are all native Texans. Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch is proud to be a GO TEXAN product. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book benefits The Waggoner Ranch Cowboys Fund, giving back to some of Texas’ greatest living legends. 

“The book shows we’re still surviving, doing things like they did 100 years ago, the cowboy way.” –  Waggoner Ranch Manager Weldon Hawley quoted in Western Horseman, (March 2016).  Mr. Hawley has worked at the Waggoner since 1976.

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Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch Gives Back

When you buy Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch, you’re giving back to Texas cowboys. A portion of the proceeds from every book sold benefits The Waggoner Ranch Cowboys Fund. This fund was set up by the woking cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch. In the past, these funds have been used for purchasing livestock from local kids participating in stock shows, scholarships, and medical expenses due to on the job injuries.

Every book sold benefits The Waggoner Ranch Cowboys Fund

Jeremy Enlow was inspired to make the book after visiting the ranch. “I wanted to document this way of life for younger generations before it disappears,” he says. He photographed and published the book independently to tell the cowboys’ stories. Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch is not affiliated with the current or past owners of the ranch; the lack of affiliation let Jeremy tell the story just as he saw it.

A Changing Way of Life on the Ranch

We’re even more grateful Jeremy documented the ranch after Stan Kroenke’s controversial decision to force Lake Diversion residents out of their homes put the ranch in the news last week.  This book captures the final months of family ownership on the Waggoner Ranch — and a way of life that is rapidly changing. Earlier this year, the new owner closed the bunkhouse for single cowboys and the cook shack.

Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch tells the story of the living legends who work on the largest ranch under one fence in the United States. As life on the ranch begins to change, we are proud to be able to give back to the cowboys who work so hard and inspire us.

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