On the ranch, at the rodeo ‘Real, true cowboys’

Array Published Aug 10, 2008 at 05:00AM
Friday Night Blues, a 6-year-old bull owned by the Brown twins, propels Myrtle Point bull rider John Houston, 32, to the arena floor at the Linn County Fair. The sisters entered six bulls in the competition.
Yee-haw!Chase Skidgel, 20, of Redmond, holds on to Undertaker, a 3-year-old 2 Bucks Rodeo bull, for just over 8 seconds — enough to win the Bull Bash.
In mid-July, the Brown sisters hit the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink Bull Bash” at the Linn County Fair in Albany.Getting the bulls ready The sisters’ 6-year-old bull, Hair of the Dog, jumps out of its trailer at the Linn County fairgrounds. He was one of six bulls they entered in the fair’s Bull Bash.
Testing the bulls Kyley studies the style of one of her bulls, while Mike Ludwig, 30, of Powell Butte, does his best to stay on during a practice bull bucking. A good bull, Lindsy says, “loves what he does and is athletic. He has to have the heart to do it.
Feeding timeKyley Brown, left, and her twin sister, Lindsy, throw hay out to their bulls during the early-morning feeding at their Powell Butte ranch.
Lindsy and Kyley do their hair in their hotel room before the Bull Bash. Once chided as too feminine for their line of work, the young women saw attitudes change when their success was noticed.
They didn’t trust us, thought we were crazy, that we didn’t know what we were doing.”— Lindsy Brown, 19“All the guys, now, treat us just like another guy.”— Kyley Brown, 19
2 Bucks Rodeo Co. owners Lindsy Brown, left, and twin sister Kyley share a laugh just before the start of the Linn County Fair in Albany in mid-July. The 19-year-old Powell Butte residents now own 22 bulls — quite a growth in their rodeo business from roughly five years ago, when they owned two.