Salty was one of Paisley’s first purchases when he returned to Oklahoma and is his partner in many of his current adventures, trail riding, cutting and, if Salty can be gotten used to a rope swinging over his head, a return to calf roping, a sport Paisley enjoys.
His involvement with trail rides began after he became acquainted with the programs presented by the Cowboy Church at Cowboy Junction in Vinita. He has participated in rides from Oologah to Vinita ending with the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo there, a two-day event on which they spent the night in Chelsea. Each year he rides to the Shoat Webster and Ben Johnson Memorial calf and steer ropings in Osage County, on a Cowboy Junction ride from Langley, Okla., to Vinita, he also rides on the Sunrise Ranch near Cleora, Okla., and to the Cowboy Cavalcade held at the Delbert Kyler Ranch steer roping arena where he works in the arena during the show.
The Pawhuska ride ends with the Cavalcade and most camp at the grounds during the competition. The event is held in July during what is usually the hottest time of the year. On one occasion a big thunderstorm hit soaking most of the contestants.
“The others were in their horse trailers with their horses outside and they came out to soaked horses and saddles,” he said. “I put my horse in the trailer and I had dry tack.”
While most of Paisley’s horse-related activities aren’t competitive occasionally he does enter a contest. On one occasion he entered a cutting contest at Bluejacket and at the Cavalcade was asked to participate in the barrel racing, but it was canceled because of rain.
In addition to his involvement with the Cowboy Church in Vinita he has been a Mason for 60 years and is the Worshipful Master of the Delaware Lodge. He also was inducted into the Shrines-Scottish Rights at McAlister.