The old West comes to life on the next Kentucky Life, hosted by Dave Shuffett. The program features barrel-racing champions and sisters from Henderson, Rogues' Harbor in Logan County, the story of outlaw Jesse James and his ties to Kentucky, and the Hooten Old Town Regulators of McKee. This edition airs Saturday, May 18 at 8/7 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 at 4/3 p.m. on KET.
Teenage sisters Kendall and Kenzie Gentry in Henderson have grown up on horseback. They’ve competed and won in the rodeo events of pole-bending and goat-tying, but it’s the thrill ride of barrel-racing that they and their horses enjoy the most. From start to finish, an award winning barrel ride is about 13 seconds of galloping and spinning turns around three barrels laid out in a cloverleaf pattern. In addition to their current competition horses, both Kendall and Kenzie have horses that they’re training to barrel-race, and the progress that each horse has made is a testament to the excellent horsemanship of the girls. Viewers will enjoy some exciting point-of-view perspectives from cameras mounted on the barrels and on horseback.
Jesse James, even 130 years after his death, remains the quintessential American outlaw. While most people think of James as a figure from the Old West, Kentucky actually has strong claims to his family and to some of his most infamous crimes. This Kentucky Life segment separates fact from fiction in the story of one of history’s most colorful and controversial characters with a look at the bank robbery sites of Russellville and Columbia, the stagecoach robbery at Mammoth Cave, and the James family homestead in Adairsville.
In this program’s Dave Does It segment, Shuffett relives his cowboy dreams at the monthly Cowboy Action Shooting match held in Hooten Old Town in McKee. Hooten Old Town is a street straight out of a western movie, with a saloon, a jail, a blacksmith and even a hangman’s gallows. It’s the perfect location for the competitions of the Single Action Shooting Society, an international organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting. Decked out in a cowboy outfit and going by his cowboy alias of Driftin’ Dave, Shuffett tests his sharp-shooting skills in a spaghetti-Western style segment.
In addition, the Our Town segment features Rogues’ Harbor located in the river valley of Logan County, which was a haven for horse thieves, murderous outlaws, counterfeiters and all manner of villains in the 1790s. The very worst of society found refuge along Kentucky’s lawless frontier.
Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers are Valerie Trimble, Angelic Phelps, John Schroering and Paul Smith.
More information about Kentucky Life, including streaming video, is available at ket.org/kentuckylife.