By Kristine Fredriksson
Historian Kristine Fredriksson follows the evolution of rodeo from the diversity to Buffalo Bill's Wild West to the extravaganzas nowa days. How a typical, low-paying task grew to become an leisure that draws millions of spectators is a lesson in American tradition and a narrative that might entice somebody who spells "western" with a capital W.
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Another purpose was to develop a point system for the selection of a champion at the end of the year. Nothing was said of how this plan would be coordinated with the point-awards arrangement already in use by the Rodeo Association of America, however. "27 Thus, even though cowboys in the earlier days of rodeo more often than not competed in several events, the championship scheme worked out by the organization appears to have been overambitious. The cowboy of the time was certainly more versatile than today's rodeo contestant, simply because competition was not as stiff, but it would have been very unusual for anyone to excel in more than two events.
A great deal of this enthusiasm was generated by my instructor, team-roping partner, and friend William Richardson, at whose rodeo school at the T-Bone Ranch in Calabasas, Californiawhich I attended for six yearsI learned and came to appreciate the fine points of horsemanship, professional rodeo competition, and just plain cowboyin'. I was a very determined, although at first reluctant, pupil. Bill not only patiently drilled me until every trace of fear had vanished but also, in the process, managed to instill in me many of those indefinable attitudes that make the rodeo cowboy such a distinct individual.
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American Rodeo: From Buffalo Bill to Big Business by Kristine Fredriksson
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