The Rancher’s Roundup

A cowboy on horseback drives a herd of cattle through a field of sagebrush.

The American cowboy is the hard-scrabble hero of our nation's boldest legend. Thanks to the West's many acres of public lands, you can still find the hardworking solitary figures riding the range on horseback. It's a lifestyle offering plenty of long miles and stubborn cattle. "You got to have something to be mad at," says Wallace Reid, rancher. "Cows can be very aggravating. They try you all the time."

Reid participated in his first roundup when he was 6. He's 80 now and he's still riding as the patriarch of the roundup. His daughter Debbie rides with him. She's a cowgirl in her own western way. ""Mom tried her hardest. She dressed me up like a Shirley temple doll all the time and I hated it. I hated it," says Debbie Reid-Oleson, cowgirl. "I couldn't wait to get home and get all those frilly scratchy dresses off and get my pants on and go find dad."

The Reids weave their way through the desert landscape near Fort Hall Indian Reservation berating cattle into some kind of orderly fashion as they make their home on the range.