Are you one of the millions of Americans who enjoy a good rodeo? Have you ever ordered gear from Rode, from saddles and ropes to Rode socks of various kinds? You can thank Bafalu Bill Cody for his role in the "invention" or, at least, popularization of modern rodeo.
Across America Rode fans and participants from children to old-timers like such celebrations on the horse and the old West as the annual "Days of borders," the rodeo in high school or college and other competitions of equestrian skill and craftsmanship cowboy. (I & # 39; m not a & # 39;. Is a supporter of the rodeo, even though I was a few people and had a cousin who was a bona fide professional clown like that) I know that there & # 39; sa professional rodeo circuit, that & # 39; Since ancient times, there is a professional association of cowboys Rodeo (PRCA), and these cowboys and Ranch engaged elsewhere, demonstrating their abilities and rising before the suras & # 39; oznay rodeo competition across America.
But what I did not know whether it was William F. ( "Buffalo Bill") Cody, one of the truly "heroic" figures of the Old West, he played a major role in the invention and development of the modern rodeo. It started when he was in the summer of 1882 he returned to his hometown of North Platte, Nebraska, to find that the city is not doing anything to celebrate the Fourth of July. He was embarrassed about it, telling the mayor of North Platte and other city leaders know that, in his opinion, the lack of a big celebration for the quarter was just unpatriotic. They turned to Cody and appointed him to work to come up with something.
This is the July Fourth celebration – christened "the elderly the impact of Fame" Buffalo Bill – is attributed as the beginning of the touring show "Cody", which became his full-fledged "Wild West Show", as well as the beginning of the community General official rodeo.
Of course, Rhodes began long before the day of Cody when going fees and image skills of riding and rope, when the cattle were collected; and even organized competitions in which cowboys and other skilled racers on display and competing with each other. But several sources credited Cody "explosion of the old glory" in North Platte on the Fourth of July as the start of the annual Rode, distributed throughout society, and the growing interest in kind in the world.
For more information about Cody and excellent information about life in the Old West, I would recommend two wonderful books. Chances are you can find them at your local bookstore, or on Amazon.com or eBay. The first – "The Life and Legend of Buffalo Bill," Don Russell (copyright 1960, University of Oklahoma Press). Cody was one of the most fascinating characters in the Old West, and this book has an incredible history and solid information about it. The second book, which should have about Cody – "Buffalo Bill Cody: The man behind the legend" Robert A. Carter (copyrighted in 2000, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). Carter's book, probably the best of the two, because it is based on more recent sources. I highly recommend both books.
So the next time you order a saddle, a few ropes or any equipment for horses and Rode, think about old Bill Cody. He did not win anything the deal, but I expect that he will be pleased!