111_0900Artist Ride is one of those events whose origin makes for a good story because it wasn’t planned as an event to begin with. It was a random turn of events that led to what Artist Ride is today.

In 1984 beneath the shadow of the Badlands wall, in what is known as Conata Basin, a group of men gathered on the Ed Huether ranch to move cattle. Among these men were Lavon Shearer, Dan Dueter, Dale Lewis, and Grant Shearer.

During the day artist Dan Dueter photographed the work for paintings that he had in mind. He must have shot some good photographs for he suggested they do it again at some point.


The following year they gathered again in the Badlands but this time they dressed up in period clothing, saddles,  and Dale Lewis drove out his doctors buggy. Someone decided that it might be fun to campout and perhaps some night photos would be possible. I don’t know if any night photos were taken or if any turned out if there were, but it is said that everyone had fun.

My great-grandpa, O.G. Shearer and my grandad Lavon, had collected a variety of wagons, buggies, western saddles, barrels, cast iron cooking sets, and other western items for many years and thought these would be great additions to the “ride.” Unfortunately all the equipment was north of Wall along the Cheyenne River so the ride was moved to the river. The Artist Ride has resided on the Cheyenne ever since.



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