Tough Enough To Wear Pink Rodeo
Buckaroo Hatter Mike Moore, expert maker of all kinds of hats, showed off his creations to a large gallery of visitors at his new shop, located at 115 E. Pleasant Street on the Covington Square. Mike had had several of his friends from the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) in period dress in the store. “Everybody who came into the store was just blown away!” Mike said. “They don’t know whether to call it a hat shop or a museum. There’s so much to see! People don’t realize what a unique shop this is. We had people coming in the store until midnight, and had live music in the Square until 10 pm.”
Mike custom makes all hats from either beaver (from North America) or rabbit/hare (from Belgium). He won’t use wool felt, which he describes as a heavy, coarse hat; it’s pressed in hydraulic molds into cookie cutter forms. “If they get wet, they droop and stink like a wet dog. They’re hard to restore and you can’t reshape them,” Mike said.
But with his hats, “I can change the crease and the old one won’t even be seen. Mine can be worn in snow, sleet, rain, all weather and they won’t lose their quality.” He creates all styles, from the modern cattlemen’s crease to the old Western style of the 1860s; from sporting clay and sportsman’s hats to fedoras. He had plenty of women’s hats, too. “A lot of women wear men’s hats, and a lot of styles really look better on women than men. The telescoping crown looks best on women.” What is a telescoping crown, you ask? The crease looks like a ring inside the crown and the brim is flat. It’s similar to what Little Joe Cartwright wore on Bonanza. “Some folks call it a plantation hat,” Mike explained.
The Mid-South Horse Review first profiled Buckaroo Hatters back in February 2009, just after he opened (archive copies are available). Mike recently had some good publicity in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, both in the Sunday fashion section and the business section. That’s appropriate, since it is a fashion business. Read more about Buckaroo Hatters at www.buckaroohatters.com.
Those who ride “iron horses” took part in the fun, too. Circle cross Rodeo organized, and Mike managed, a motorcycle poker run, which started at 10 a.m. on the Covington Square and finished around 5 p.m. at Marlo’s Down Under, just off the Covington Square, for a cool beer and some cold cash to the winners. Mike, who also organized the live music, reported, “The community and the merchants all approved the day’s events. It was a great success! We wrote a check to Wings for $1,642, plus had an extra $50 donated.” Buckaroo Hatters donated a gift certificate, as did Marlo’s and other Square merchants to winners in the poker run. “But the winner of the best poker hand and the winner of the worst poker hand both declined their winnings and donated them to Wings,” Mike added.
Stan McCall and Circle Cross Rodeo organized the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” rodeo in Millington. Saturday night’s rodeo saw some tough bulls (who weren’t, by the way, wearing pink) in the first round. Score: Bulls 10, Cowboys 0. But in the second round, cowboys saw some better success. “We had 110 contestants in four events: bull riding, team roping, tie down calf roping, and cowgirl barrel racing. The level of competition here is really high. We draw a high caliber of local, outstanding contestants,” Stan said. Total fundraising for the day contributed $3,000 to Wings.
Folks from Wings participated in the poker run and also attended the rodeo. Read more about Wings Cancer
Foundation at: http://www.wingscancerfoundation.org.
Circle Cross Rodeo, July 30, Results
Contestant Money Earned
1. Malachi Allgood / Justin Nelson $728
2. Blake Spellings / Keith Linzeys $546
3. Mark Allgood / Justin Nelson $364
4. Andly Lindley / Jess Davis $182
Tie Down Calf Roping:
1. Jarret McGlaughlin $448
2. Will Bradley $315
3. Cliff Goodrich $191
Cowgirl Barrel Racing:
1. Marne Loosenort $471
2. Laurie Cooper $374
3. Jennifer Barron $277
4. Elizabeth Farris $180
5. Lindsey Calton $83
1. Gray Essary $550
2. Lucas Boatright $386
3. Michael Crenshaw $234
Novice Barrel Racing: Points Earned
1. Anna Caraway 20
2. Nan Ray 18
3. Karly McCall 16
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