COWBOY CRAIG'S "OREO" Isn't he magnificent! 


July 2, 2012
I haven't updated in awhile - we have been so busy and it's so much easier to post to Facebook.  We have a new longhorn steer named Ranger, who will be pulling my little baby wagon. I have a new horse Commanche Moon. He's a seasoned parade horse who likes to prance.  He's terrified of the wagon, so weve been tying him to the wagon and taking the whole dog and pony show into town.  Lots of picture taking and I guess we're in one of the newspapers.

Ron has a gig with an old west show in September - indians calvary-shooting - should be interesting.  If you can, check Facebook for more current updates.

Check out Ron trimming Mary at Brighter Days.



February 12, 2012
Our wagon with 4 up sponsored by The Frontier Times Museum. Our outrider was Jeannie Beauxbennes.  It was freezing!  After we put away the horses, we went back uptown and joined the wild Bandera people in a Gumbo tasting and jellow shots (a first for both of us).
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February 2, 2012
Well, we're having alot of fun decorating the Rusty Cowboy Wagon - my new mobile cowboy store in Bandera. We have dusty sitting up there on the wagon - now I know everyone is going to want a photo opp with him!  Putting on cowhide seats and such and going to load it up with my cowgirl art, exotic purses and my signature hats.

Next, we see Wes Hatch and his mules stopping by yesterday to visit.  He and Ron are going on a trail ride with their wagons this weekend.  I'm staying home with the goat...
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January 12, 2012
We've been coveting this wagon since we moved here and it worked out, we are now the new owners of this adorable mini covered wagon.  I can't wait to gypsy it up and put cowhide seats on it.  Now, which horse is going to pull it!

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January 12, 2012
Well, it started out as "weight management" for Blanco Billy Diagoatah McGilvrey Parker.  He looks like hes pregnant.  He's a natural at pulling and of course, having the wagon master Ron as a teacher doesnt hurt!  Of course, he likes to act up with me, but he's perfect with Ron.  I need tennis balls for those horns before I get hurt.  Ahhh - isnt he cute? 

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December 5, 2011
While driving the stagecoach in the Veterans day parade, Ron was dressed in all his fringed regalia with this old funky hat that I cherish.  Intriqued, an artist in Bandera took a picture of Ron and about a week later, called us to tell us she had done a portrait in pastels and wanted us to see it.  We were amazed, so had to buy it.  This is a copy - the original is getting framed right now.  We will be selling signed copies to pay for the original  - if anyone is interested.

Well, winter is u...
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December 3, 2011
Ron in all his regalia riding Contino!

Ron with the whole dang family with our covered wagon.

Blanco & Gypsy - a face only a mother could love!

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November 28, 2011
My newest project - custom made saddle horn bags!  Too fancy for the guys, but I think the cowgirls will love them. 

Well, were' pretty much done for the season except for the Xmas parade and our charity covered wagon ride for the Helping Hand thrift store here in Bandera!


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November 15, 2011
Yet another parade - Bandera is parade central!  Ron let me hold the team for awhile, but there he is in all his fringed regalia.  It was also the opening of Jeannie Parkers Frontier Town, which I didn't get pics of because our brakes disengaged from the coach and we had to get it home.  There is Ron in all his fringed regalia!

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November 6, 2011

Bandera was packed and all the street performers were out including us!

Generally, I don't take pictures of our clients with the stagecoach and we certainly don't let anyone ride shotgun, but in this case, I had to make an exception! Aaron and his dad were here hunting and Aaron is just the coolest, real deal cowboy and just looked every bit the "shotgun rider" part, so had to get a picture this time!  Aaron has wagons and mules and three little cowgirls and his dad is very proud!  Isn't this ...

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Brett Thomas-DeJongh
Big Horn County News

There’s a great scene in the 1939 John Ford movie Stagecoach, where the infamous Ringo Kid, played by John Wayne, offers his awkward version of a proposal to Dallas, an independent, brave and fetching woman.

Handier with a six-shooter than with words, the Ringo Kid tells Dallas, played by Claire Trevor, “… well, maybe I'm takin' a lot for granted, but... I watched you with that baby - that other woman's baby. You looked... well, well I still got a ranch across the border.

There's a nice place - a real nice place... trees... grass... water. There's a cabin half built. A man could live there... and a woman. Will you go?”

The Ringo Kid is a “trees… grass… water” kind of guy. In his frontier world, those are the things a man and a woman need to make a life together. And John Wayne makes you believe it. The movie makes you believe it.

If there’s anyone around these days who is living his life with this set of necessities, he calls himself Ron Dakotah, and he travels the highways and byways of the West aboard a nearly two-ton sheep wagon pulled by four horses.

A slight man in his late sixties, Ron “Dakotah” McGilvery has been on the road for 26 years, he says, and there are indications he may be looking to settle down. For now though, he’s on the road. “I been out 26 years,” he said, “And as long as I can shoe the horses, that’s the important thing.”

He rolled into Hardin Thursday and stayed for a few days at the home of Mike Martinsen, where the Big Horn County News caught up with him.

Logistically speaking, he says his chief concern is keeping his horses fed and watered. Each horse gets a gallon of oats in the morning, and one at night. He buys alfalfa and hay as he goes, and the horses graze when he camps for the night, often not far from the highway. “Most of my camps are in a ditch by the side of the road,” said McGilvery.

Whether he’s camped by the side of the road or on the land of someone he’s met on the road, he strings up a generator-powered electric fence that keeps the horses from wandering off.

His makeshift camps and slow-moving vehicle have landed him in trouble with the law on many occasions. He says he’ll never go back to California because of the way he’s been treated by law enforcement there. “I think it was so unusual,” McGilvery said. “People just couldn’t deal with it.”

He says he follows the law wherever he goes, and that law enforcement in Montana has been helpful. Ouside of Reedpoint, he was stopped by a Montana Highway Patrol officer who he says told him, “I want you to know you are completely legal and there’s no problem. I’m just making sure you are alright.”

This is the attitude that greets him most of the time, and it’s what sustains him. McGilvery is upfront about the fact that he lives by the kindness of strangers who may feed him or give him water for himself and the horses. “The best thing about this is the people I meet,” he said.

He’s says he’s not sure why people respond so well to him. “There’s something about a horse and wagon,” said McGilvery. “It’s not a scam. It’s real life.”

One person who has responded especially well to Ron “Dakotah” McGilvery is Teri Freeman, a woman who runs what she calls “a cowboy store” in Ennis, Mont.

She recently met McGilvery when he was passing through Ennis and her roommate told her she should check out this guy in a sheep wagon. “He’s handsome, he’s got horses, and he’s headed to Texas,” Freeman recalled the roommate saying.

“He said he needed a place for him and his horses, and I have some land.” Freeman said. So he camped at her place, and the two hit it off. “We got to be really good friends,” said Freeman. “Maybe more than that.”

Actually, it’s a good bet that it’s more than that, because not two minutes after saying they might be more than friends, Freeman said, “Nobody has ever touched my soul the way he has, and I’m sixty years old.”

Freeman keeps in contact via cell phone with McGilvery and has set up a Web site, located at, to chronicle his travels. Freeman, who hopes to meet him in Texas this winter, said she’s trying to convince him to settle down in the town of Bandero. “That’s the cowboy capital of the world – they’d love him there.”

For his part, McGilvery, who has been married three times, seems equally smitten with Freeman. “I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her,” he said. She’s kind of a horse gal.”

And for a horse guy like McGilvery who doesn’t need much to get by, that might be enough to build on. Now they just need to find some “grass… trees… water…”


Ron Dakotah in his fringe on the front porch of the Rusty Cowboy

Ron Dakotah pouring a cup of joe in his wagon