RODEO CLOWN REUNION at Rodeo de Santa Fe, June 21st through 24th, will be here before we know it. I have been working on the Reunion and what makes it work for the last six months. We have 41 retired or semi-retired rodeo clowns, bullfighters and barrelmen planning to attend. Some are bringing wives,
some are bringing daughters, and some have girlfriends, and we are happy to see all of them.
You see, these former laugh-getters, barrelmen and bullfighters are so unique, that they are amazing to be around. They have never lost their sense of humor, although some of them walk like they might not get to their destination, but they do. They truly look forward to getting together with their peers, and visiting
and sharing stories of their time in the arena and going down the rodeo road. Meanwhile, the Rodeo de Santa Fe rodeo committee has made many special events, in addition to their rodeo all four nights, for these ‘characters’ to participate in. Every night before the rodeo they will be signing autographs at the entrance,
and enjoying visiting with their fans, both young and old. During the day they will be going to some of the sponsors businesses and visiting with their customers and having a great time.
It is a great rodeo and a great place for these rodeo clowns, bullfighters and barrelmen of yesteryear to gather. If you are interested in attending contact the Rodeo de Santa Fe website. We’ll see you there.
As Chairman of the Rodeo Clown Reunion since 1993 I want to say we are always interested in finding new rodeos which might be interested in adding us to your annual event. We don’t hold it every year, but when we do we always get invited back. This is the third time we have held our Reunion in Santa Fe.
DOING RESEARCH ON BARREL RACING for my next book and am always looking for people who can ‘fill in the blanks’ with information about barrel racing and when it came to their part of the country. It began in Texas at Stamford, during the Texas Cowboy Reunion, but was not the fast event we see today in the beginning. But once it caught on and speed was added it spread like wildfire around the state. Eventually it got everywhere there was a rodeo in the country, but it took time, and many changes. I would appreciate any pertinent information that anyone has about the time-frame it began in your ‘neck of the woods’. Notify me through this website, and I will be in touch.
PRORODEO HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN COWBOY. August 3 through 5th
It is Induction time at the Hall located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This year on Thursday, Aug. 3rd,
will be the Golf Tournament and Fundraiser. Friday evening, the 4th, is the Cowboy Ball, and Induction is held on Saturday, the 5th, morning in the Garden of the Hall. This years inductees brings the first WPRA barrel racers, Wanda Harper Bush and Charmayne James, plus the outstanding barrel racing horse, Star Plaudit “Red” owned by Sherry Johnson. Others to be inducted are: Randy Corley, 11 times voted Outstanding Announcer of the Year; Buck Rutherford, the 1954 All-Around World Champion; Enoch Walker, the 1960 Saddle Bronc World Champion; Tommy Puryear, the 1974 World Champion Steer Wrestler; Mike Beers, 1984 World Champion Team Roper; Cody Custer, 1982 World Champion Bull Rider, and Bob Ragsdale, 22 times National Finals competitor in three events. Also being inducted is Christensen Brothers’ bronc, Smith and Velvet, the Ogden (UT) Pioneer Days rodeo committee. Summer hours are now and the Hall is open from 9AM to 5 PM 7 days a week. For more information regarding the Hall contact them at 719-528-4764 or go to their website: ProRodeo Hall of Fame.com.