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Category: Cowboy Heroes

Cowboy Heroes

by Jim Olson

“Tommy Kirnan – Man of Many Talents

Trick riding and roping are now considered “specialty acts” in the world of professional rodeo. That was not always the case. There used to be many men and women who competed at them. They were judged events.

Tommy Kirnan (sometimes misspelled as Kiernan) was born November 9, 1893 at Bayonne, New Jersey. His parents were Irish immigrants, and not much is known of his early boyhood years.… Read the rest

 

Cowboy Heroes

by Jim Olson

“To Own a Trading Post

This is a true story. A story about business. A story about making an investment (in people and finance). A story about helping out. A story about following your heart.

People often ask me, “How did you get into the Trading Post business?”

First, a little history. Back in the day . . .

For about eighteen years, I bought and sold ranches, land, agriculture and commercial properties (both as an investor and agent for others) around the state of Arizona.… Read the rest

 

Cowboy Heroes

by Jim Olson

“Clay McGonagill —

Steer Roper Extraordinaire”

“I’ll bet you $1,000 I can tie eleven steers down quicker than you can ten!” The challenge was issued to Bob Gentry, World Champion Steer Roper from Oklahoma. The man laying down the challenge was none other than Clay McGonagill. The date, July, 1907.

Henry Clay McGonagill was born at Old Sweet Home, Texas on September 24, 1879 to George and Narcissa McGonagill.… Read the rest

 

Cowboy Heroes

by Jim Olson

“Bertha Blancett –
A Pioneer Lady in Rodeo

Hundreds of cowboys have ridden broncs at “The Daddy,” (Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo) since it began in 1897. But did you know women used to ride broncs there as well? The first woman to complete such a task was none other than Bertha Kaepernik, a pioneer in women’s rodeo competition. Bertha Kaepernik Blancett has been credited with many “firsts” for ladies when it comes to the early days of the great sport of Rodeo!… Read the rest

 

Cowboy Heroes

by Jim Olson

Samuel Thomas Privett

“The Legend of Booger Red”

The legend started in Texas, but soon grew across the West. The legend was Booger Red, who reportedly could ride any bronc alive! There are so many stories about Booger Red that it is sometimes hard to separate fact from fiction. One writer wrote, “It is estimated he rode between 25,000 to 40,000 broncs in his life.” Well, since he was fifty-nine when he died, that would be an average of 424 to 678 per year for every year of his life, or one to two broncs per day for every day he lived!… Read the rest

 

Cowboy Heroes

by Jim Olson

“Tad Lucas – First Lady of Rodeo

Tad Lucas was known for many years as “The First Lady of Rodeo.” She competed, not only in the United States, but in Canada, Mexico, England and Australia as well. She was an expert horsewoman who performed in trick riding, bronc riding and relay racing. She was best-known for her “daring and courage” in the trick riding event.

Born Barbara Inez Barnes on September 1, 1902, at Cody, Nebraska, she was the youngest of twenty-four children!… Read the rest

 

Cowboy Heroes

by Jim Olson

“Fox Hastings – One Tough Gal”

When you think of pioneer ladies from the early days of rodeo, Fox Hastings name has to be there. She was one of the first female bulldoggers in rodeo history. She also rode broncs and was a trick rider. She was a crowd favorite. It has been said she could smile at the camera, while lying in the mud, and still be holding the horns of a steer she had just thrown.

Eloise Fox was born during 1898 in Galt, California to Wesley Galveston and Susie Agusta Fox.… Read the rest