Catching Up With Cowboy Todd Tramp
August 27, 2009
by John Long
We first met Todd Tramp, our cover model for this issue, shortly after he moved to Kansas City from Los Angeles, and we interviewed him for the 2007 MGRA supplement in Camp (read that interview at Todd Tramp.)
These days, Tramp’s ranch has a few more horses, he has won a few more rodeo buckles, and he’s met his partner, Marty Junkins, owner of Sharp’s restaurant in Brookside.
“My husband is the owner of Sharp’s. I can’t believe I’m married in Kansas City, which is something I thought I’d never do,” he said with a laugh.
He says it’s the best of both worlds — he can visit Kansas City and stay with Junkins, and Junkins, who loves the country, can stay at Tramp’s ranch in Missouri.
Tramp works and manages Sharp’s on Wednesday nights for their pizza night specials.
I caught up with Tramp the day before press time as he and Junkins were driving back from the Chicago rodeo with his horses and trailer. Tramp was taking one of his biggest fans, his mother, back to her home in Iowa before returning to his ranch.
“My mother came to Chicago, and she’s my wonder mom for the rodeos,” he said, as I heard her laughing in the truck.
In Tramp’s latest three rodeos — Philadelphia, Denver and Chicago — he added more buckles to his collection. He won All Around Cowboy in both Philadelphia and Chicago.
Here’s a quick update of his awards:
Denver: Pole Bending, Steer Riding, Bull Riding and Flag Racing.
Philadelphia: Bull Riding, Steer Riding, Pole Bending,
Chute Dogging and All Around Cowboy.
Chicago: Flag Racing, Pole Bending and All Around Cowboy.
Tramp was happy to report that Team Missouri with MGRA won first place in points in Chicago.
“We won the most points of all the associations in the world. It’s a pretty big title, and it doesn’t happen that often,” he said.