Piggin’ strings and bucking shoots used to be a part of my everyday life. Rodeo clowns were constant companions and mutton busting came to be among my favourite things.
Founded in Pecos, Texas, years ago, rodeo has become synonymous with America’s wild west legacy and the standing has been well-earned. Competition consists of non-paid athletes who need those prize dollars to maintain’goin’ down the street.’
As a national spokesperson for the Adolph Coors Company, I lived on the street and attended one event weekly. Peter Coors signed my test and his new passion was rodeo, therefore I saddled up. For forty six months straight, I rode horseback in professional rodeos throughout the country-from Albany, New York to Poway, California.
Host hotels often booked me in their finest rooms and re-named them the”Bridle Suite.’
1 day, we were lined up in a rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming, to ride the”circle 8″ By the time we completed the opening pattern, Lane was dead.
Lane Frost was my friend in rodeo. His last interview was with me in Santa Maria, California and I saw snippets of the interview on the news repeatedly and over.
The film did not touch how deep the friendship between Lane and Tuff Hedeman was. I was with Tuff in the very next rodeo in Fort Madison, Iowa, and he showed up, ready to ride and perform the media tour. Tuff and I had been auctioned off at a benefit for a charity. We had to dance with somebody who’d bid on us. “How are you here?”
1 month of this year, I did an alcohol awareness junket. The aim was to balance the marketing of beer with a reasonable warning of its own danger. No media was booked and that I was sent to Indian reservations-mostly in New Mexico and Arizona. 1 trip to the Navajo reservation in Window Rock, Arizona, was sufficient to get the entire effect of the disadvantage of alcohol use among the Native American individuals.
So Native American lives are obliterated by ethanol alcohol because of their inherent trait of not having consumed’fire ‘ before white man brought it from Europe. We brought the potent drinks when we arrived to develop and settle to the lands which would later become the fifty states. The signs of alcoholic damage is evident and far-reaching when one visits the bookings.
At a time when family events are infrequent, rodeo still holds the attention of all ages. There are two sorts of competitors-riders and ropers-and it’s thrilling to see a horse and rider compete as one in the stadium. I will never forget the year that I spent”going down the street” with those happy horsepeople and of my short exposure to the damage caused by ethanol brews to our Native American people.