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Roger Archibald – Western Pencil Artist and Horseman, Come See!

Hi All:

Today is another day of video from my vault.  This time, I chose Roger Archibald, famous Western Pencil Artist and Bronze Sculptor.  His work shows in galleries across the US and is often featured in Western Art magazines. Roger invited us to his ranch in Arizona.  How nice!  He was so personable and lovely, the time just zipped by!

As you all probably have gathered by now, I love original artwork.  I especially love pencil drawings and bronze sculpture.  So with Roger, I hit pay dirt!  He works in both mediums.  Wahoo!  We were able to watch him work on a line drawing from a photograph that was so detailed it made my eyes sore just watching him!  Then, Roger took us through his gallery and told us the stories behind his original pieces.

To be honest, when we set up the interview, I didn’t know Roger was dabbling in sculpture.  So, when we arrived and saw the clay horse on the table, I was thrilled!  I just love watching an artist carve.  You wonder what do they see that makes them cut the clay exactly there…  I figure they must think or see in 3-D to know how to make clay into a muscled form.  (As you can probably guess, I’m not very artistic —  but I admire it greatly!)  And, for dessert, we got to watch Roger on his cutting horse!

In the video, Roger talks about how he got started in art as a kid and how he joined the rodeo circuit early in life.  Then, he moves into why he loves pencil work and bronze.  When we see Roger with his cutting horse, he explains how he couldn’t do his art if he didn’t understand and know the moods of his animals.  He expresses that he couldn’t see the intricate sculpting necessary if he didn’t understand how the muscles worked or how the expressions came upon the equine face.  You can see his intimate knowledge of the horse in his work.  That bronze was incredible…  It was so personal and special to watch him create it before my eyes!  I loved being there.

So, today I present to you the segment of our day with Roger. The video is not quite polished (no music and no titles, some rough edits) but I hope it is good enough to share with you all on an informal basis…

As an aside, if I get to come back in another lifetime, I want to be able to sculpt (and sing).  I loved watching Roger do his thing. Hopefully, you will enjoy our day, too!  Here is the link to the video.

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An Interview with Rocco Wachman from the Arizona Cowboy College – with a twist!

Well, today I have a longer interview for you.  Horse and Man went to Arizona’s Cowboy College to speak with them about their bond with their horses. Instead of asking about ridin’, ropin’ and gatherin’, I wanted to chat about the horses they run and what they meant to the wranglers there.

Wow.  We spent an entire day there (even overnighted in the bunk house) and these folks are real horsepeople.  It isn’t about domination or training, it is about partnership.  I mean, think about it, if you are on the trail or out there in neverneverland, you need a mount you can trust.  Rocco told us all about it.  He seemed very genuine and I really enjoyed our time together.

First off, let me tell you about the Arizona Cowboy College.  It was started by Lloyd Bridwell who was a rancher that was the son of a rancher who was the son of a rancher.  You know what I mean here…  Anyway, in 1989 he created the Cowboy College to impart his love of the ranching life.  It caught on like wildfire and was featured in television and magazines everywhere.  I’m sure the movie, CITY SLICKERS, took a piece from Lloyd.

Students came to Cowboy College from far and wide.  One of those students was a businessman from New York, Rocco Wachman.  Well, Rocco was so moved by his experience at CC, he left NY behind and became a part of the College.  Now he is the head instructor…  Rocco was our tour guide and interviewee.

But before we go to the video, I have to tell you the tragedy here.  Lloyd Bridwell passed away unexpectedly in 2003.  Honorably, his wife, Lori, continued on with Rocco’s help.  The College was Lloyd’s dream and no one wanted it to end.  So, with great strength and will power the Bridwell family and Rocco kept Cowboy College thriving.  And thank goodness because our adventure there, and the adventures of everyone who takes the course, make memories that last a lifetime!

So, in this short video, Rocco speaks of his relationship with the horse and two horses in specific.  The first horse he mentions is a mare who saved his life.  Rocco was on horseback and lost his way in the wilderness during a snow storm.  He was unconscious when they finally arrived back at the ranch.  His mare had walked the last several miles with an unresponsive rider on her back.  According to Rocco, he was suffering hypothermia.  If she had given up, he would surely not be with us.  You can see his admiration for her when we enter her pen…

The second horse we visit is his young Appy “son”.  This is his favorite horse of all of them, even at the young age of just 5 years old.  Rocco feels that this horse is the most honest and willing horse he has ever worked with or taught.  You’ll see him interact with this sweet gelding.  It is funny, this gelding was for sale but not really, if you know what I mean…  I thought Rocco’s love for this boy was very endearing.  It was great to see this Cowboy speak of his horse so lovingly.

I also want to add that the “Inspired” video I put up a few weeks ago was filmed at Cowboy College.  The girl in the video is Lori’s student who rode through all those jumps at liberty.  So, you see, they do more than Cowboyin’ at Cowboy College.  Here is a link to the Inspiration video.

Here is a link to the You Tube site for Rocco’s interview at Cowboy College.  I hope you enjoy our little visit with Rocco and the Cowboy College!

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