Six ProRodeo Hall-of-Fame cowboys and history's most decorated barrel racer offer their takes on the upcoming National Finals Rodeo.
When all was said and done, Preston Williams stood head and shoulders above the nearly 200 cowboys and cowgirls on hand for the 30th Indian National Finals Rodeo in San Carlos, Arizona.
Someday their names will be the answers to Wrangler Division trivia questions. These 12 individuals claimed national championships at the first Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo, conducted in July 2005 in Gallup, New Mexico. Here's a closer look at each of the winners.
First-time contestants and fans alike are always surprised to see two dozen or so trees planted in a circular shape inside the St. Paul Rodeo arena. At one time, the trees served to outline the arena's racetrack, used for all types of cowgirl, pony-express, chariot and pony races that most often involved local contestants.
Editor's Note: This story first appeared in the March 1966 Western Horseman.
Tragedies aside, season after season Texas tie-down roper Stran Smith battles his way into championship contention.
Editor's Note: This story appeared in the April 1960 issue of Western Horseman.
The other day I took a moment to sit back and relax. Flipping through the TV channels, I spotted a rodeo. All kinds of cowboys in their fancy Stetsons and purple chaps were strutting their stuff. They were riding bad horses and making it look easy. It got me thinking about how long these boys could hold up in a real rodeo?