Comrade Cowboys

Today was all about presentations outlining the projects of Fulbright Scholars currently in Russia.  I heard many good presentations, but one that stuck with me was by a guy named Ryan Bell, who is a very interesting guy, to say the least.  He went to Argentina and became a cowboy for five years, then went to Montana where he was a cowboy for ten years.  Before he gave up the saddle to write about the cattle industry full time, he helped deliver about 1500 cattle from Montana to Russia, to rebuild the cattle ranching industry after the fall of the Soviet Union.  He and a number of other cowboys trained the Russians to be cowboys as well, managing the herds on the Russian Steppes.  Here is his story:

 

The “Cowboys” of Russia and Kazakhstan

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