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.
College Rodeo ChampionsEditor's Note: This story first appeared in the March 1966 Western Horseman.
Comeback KidTragedies aside, season after season Texas tie-down roper Stran Smith battles his way into championship contention.
Picked up in the Rodeo ArenaEditor's Note: This story appeared in the April 1960 issue of Western Horseman.
Ranch RodeoThe 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?