Hotel de Cowpunch | Legends

Hotel de Cowpunch | Legends

WRANGLER LEGEND

HOTEL DE COWPUNCH

A place where history and tradition meet the future, the “Hotel de Cowpunch” is a cowboy bunkhouse that sits above the famed Severe Brothers Saddlery shop in Pendleton, Oregon.

Photographs by Heath Herring

Randy Severe | Hotel de Cowpunch

Meet hotel proprietor and legendary saddlemaker Randy Severe. Son of Severe Brothers Saddlery owner and co-founder, Duff Severe, Randy carries on the legacy of crafting custom hand-tooled saddles sought by cowboys, cowgirls, movie stars and even Presidents of the United States. Randy creates every saddle pattern from scratch, and begins with a freehand design drawing using a dental instrument on wet leather. Then, using various utensils, the leather is lifted, pushed or beveled.

Creating a living rodeo museum | Hotel de Cowpunch

Countless rodeo legends and world champions have stayed at the Hotel de Cowpunch at no cost for the past 60 years. In exchange for lodging, cowboys are asked to leave a signed keepsake behind, creating a living rodeo museum that you can hear, smell, see, and touch.

Creating a living rodeo museum | Hotel de Cowpunch

The name “Hotel de Cowpunch” was coined by a South Dakota cowboy and 9-time world champion saddle bronc rider Casey Tibbs in the 1950s after he returned from a rodeo tour in France and the name has stuck around ever since.

Many cowboys use the Hotel de Cowpunch out of necessity to recover from the rough ride of professional rodeo | Legends

Many cowboys use the Hotel de Cowpunch out of necessity to recover from the rough ride of professional rodeo. Not much has changed in its six decades of operation (besides the sheets, of course). It doesn’t come with modern-day amenities like Wi-Fi or cable television, there’s always a fresh cup of joe to be had at all hours and endless discussions about bulls, broncs, and the highs and lows of rodeo life.

Let'er Buck is the official slogan of one of the oldest, most prestigious, and storied rodeos | Legends

Let’er Buck is the official slogan of one of the oldest, most prestigious, and storied rodeos that is named after its hometown – the Pendleton Round-Up. During this multi-day rodeo, you can expect the bunkhouse to be filled with cowboys coming and going.

Jim Bothum, the Hotel de Cowpunch caretaker | Legends

Former Pendleton Round-Up saddle bronc champion Jim Bothum is the caretaker of Hotel de Cowpunch during the town’s historic Pendleton Round-Up. Known as “Sheriff Jim” around the bunkhouse, he helps keep peace and order amongst the hotel patrons.

One of a kind saddle patterns | Legends

Randy’s saddle patterns are one-of-a-kind, but one of the favorites over the decades has been the oak leaf and acorn. Flowers such as wild roses, sunflowers, and those which are found only in the Northwest have been featured on Severe saddles.

Severe saddles a work of art | Legends

Not only are Severe saddles a work of art, but they are built to rope and hold anything a saddle horse will hold – the biggest steer or bull – and come with a lifetime guarantee.

Living piece of history | Legends

Cowboys look forward to staying at the Hotel de Cowpunch. It’s a living piece of rodeo history.

A living piece of rodeo history | Legends

Cowboys look forward to staying at the Hotel de Cowpunch. It’s a living piece of rodeo history.