Eaton’s Horses Arriving by Trailer

Bad weather canceled the Eaton’s Ranch horse drive this year, but the horses will arrive at the ranch in time to be ready for the first dudes of the season on June 1.

Jeff Way, who’s the ranch general manager, said personnel started Thursday bringing trailer loads of horses from their winter quarters in Campbell County, and seven trailers are lined up for Saturday.

Way said a combination of rain, snow and slick conditions resulted in a decision to cancel the drive and avoid the risk to horses and wranglers. He said the last time the drive was canceled was about 10 or 11 years ago, and that cancellation was due to weather that was similar to this year’s.

The horses spend the winter on the Bar 11 Ranch, and Way said there are about 130 this year. Eaton’s has been conducting the annual horse drive since at least the 1950s if not earlier.

Eaton’s is the oldest dude ranch in the nation, starting in the 1880s near Medora, ND. The Eaton brothers moved to their current location on Wolf Creek near Sheridan in 1904.

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