Friday, January 12, 2007

All American Icon Getting A French Makeover

ELKO, Nev. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The cowboy may be more American than apple pie but it’s about to get a French makeover.

That’s because some French cowboys are riding into Elko, Nevada, to teach Western cowboys their ways during the 23rd Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering which starts January 27 and goes through February 3.

Although the main focus of the event is rhyming words, spokeswoman Darcy Minter says the international cowboys will be doing a special show that showcases their techniques.

For example, the cowboys – or gardians – hail from the marshy south of France where horses, unlike American horses, can stand and put their head under water for long periods of time, which means they have to train the horses differently than horses in the United States.

Frenchies also use tridents instead of ropes to control bulls and other farm animals, and Minter admits it can get “pretty aggressive” out on the ranch and in the bull fighting ring – which is popular in France.

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