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December 2016 Profile, Rusty Riddle – The Riddle Way

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By Jessica Crabtree

A large personality comes to mind when describing Rusty Riddle, formerly known as “the happy red head.” “Rusty’s approach to life has always been determination. Whatever it took to get something done, that was Rusty’s way,” said Riddle’s wife, Dollie. She would know after 42 years of marriage.

When reminiscing about a young Riddle, Dollie recalls their first time meeting and early years of dating, “His reputation preceded him,” she laughed. “We just lived life to the fullest back then! That was my motto. We had a lot of fun,” Riddle interjects. The “back then” meant his years of rodeoing professionally as a bareback rider, a career that spanned 10 years.

Riddle was born in 1948, the oldest of four children. The family called Weatherford home. Attending school first at Granbury, then when the bus route finally reached their rural home, he completed school and graduated from Weatherford High School. Riddle’s time as a youth was consumed with work. At six years old, his family bought a dairy. By the age of 10, he and his younger brother, age nine, were running the business. “We would get up in the morning before school and milk then get home from school and milk again,” he explained.  “Me and my brother would ride the milk cows. One day we’d ride her with a saddle, then next maybe with a bull rope,” he chuckled. “We rode whatever we could find. If it moved, we’d ride it,” Riddle said.

By the age of 15 his parents divorced and the dairy was sold. “At that point, I’d seen all the black and white cows I’d wanted to. I got my first taste of bareback riding and that was all it took,” he assured. By 16 Riddle was traveling and competing in rodeos.  Starting out, the young cowboy wanted to do it all, every event. When he was 18 Riddle found Tommy Steiner from Austin and began working for him feeding livestock and driving trucks. That was the young man’s first taste of pro rodeo. The time allowed Riddle to gain experience practicing and study other competitors.

In 1968, Riddle obtained his PRCA card. With no time to spare, the rodeo cowboy hit the ground running, traveling and competing.  “Like they say, it’s not when you get hurt, it’s how bad in rodeo,” Riddle said. In 1970 Riddle was in Jackson, Miss. when a bull stepped on him, breaking all his ribs on one side, collapsing his lung. The serious injury put him out the rest of the year. That is when Riddle drew the line, opting to only ride bareback horses, “I just saw I could ride bareback horses a little better and saw there was more opportunity there for me.”

To read more pick up a copy of the December 2016 NTFR issue. To subscribe call 940-872-5922.

Riddle riding bareback at the Weatherford rodeo in 1977. (Photo courtesy of Dollie Riddle)

Riddle riding bareback at the Weatherford rodeo in 1977. (Photo courtesy of Dollie Riddle)

Riddle riding at Calgary in 1974 on Reg Kesler's Country Cousin. (Photo courtesy of Dollie Riddle)

Riddle riding at Calgary in 1974 on Reg Kesler’s Country Cousin. (Photo courtesy of Dollie Riddle)

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Lacey’s Pantry: Chicken Wings

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By Lacey Vilhauer

Hot Honey Chicken Wings

Ingredients

Wings:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 lbs. chicken wings, split into flats and drumettes

Hot honey butter:
1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup hot sauce
1/2 cup honey
3/4 tsp kosher salt

Directions
In a large bowl whisk together olive oil, paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper. Add wings and toss to coat fully. You can also put wings and coating in a ziplock bag and shake to coat.
Heat air fryer to 400 degrees. Arrange wings in an even layer in the air fryer basket. Cook for 12 minutes.
While the wings are cooking, make hot honey butter sauce. In a medium bowl, whisk together butter, hot sauce, honey and salt, taste and add more salt if needed.

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Jesses Jewelz

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There’s still some chill in the air and a need for sleeves before we hit spring. This mesh western print top is the prefect addition to wardrobe to layer under your short sleeves with, and I think it pairs perfectly with the jumpsuit. So many options with both of these pieces to dress up or keep it casual. Find these and more at www.jessesjewelz.com.

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When a City Girl Goes Country

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By Annette Bridges

Most of the time I’m all about not simply following the crowd. I’m a fan of thinking outside the box. I love creative folks who are always coming up with unique ideas and new ways of doing things. I’m especially tickled when someone comes up with a fresh idea that implements the smarter-not-harder philosophy.

Those folks that inspire me the most know themselves very well and stay true to their desires and passions even when that makes them different from the majority of popular opinion or fads, but are there times when having a herd mentality gets a bad rap? Our cows certainly seem to believe so.

Is there more than one trail that leads to water? Perhaps, but why not simply follow the well-established path that has proven to be reliable in the past? Why should you follow other cows making their way toward a gate that leads to a different pasture? History tells us that when others are moseying toward or waiting at a closed gate, it is very likely the gate will soon be opened and access to fresh grass can be reached.

To read more, pick up a copy of the March issue of NTFR Magazine. To subscribe call 940-872-5922.

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