Horse Tales of Oklahoma Favorite Son Will Rogers
Before all else, of course, Will, was a cowboy who cherished his sidekick Horses as much as he did nourishment itself. For the Summer Program I will be telling the stories of Will and his horses that were as much a part of his life as being funny. Will knew horseflesh and loved it. He always rode the best. Horse traders were constantly trying to corner him, but almost no one who tried “to sell him ever succeeded. When he saw what he wanted, he went after it – until he got it. He knew the value of a good horse. “Old Comanche put you up so close to a steer you didn’t have to rope him,” said Will. “You just reached over and slipped your rope on him.”
Will owned scores of horses, maybe a hundred. Nobody knows how many. Whenever he wasn’t tied up doing something else, he was with his horses. Every one of them was a character – Comanche, Soapsuds, Bootlegger, Dopey, Cowboy, Chapple, Robin, Angelo, Shorty, and all the rest. Will had no interest whatever in breeding, or in papers, or in the “looks” of a horse. What interested him was what the horse could do. He had his own way in handling horses. One hard and fast rule was that whenever he bought a horse, the bit and bridle went with it. That bit and that bridle belonged to that horse and under no circumstances was ever to be used on any other horse.
He started acquiring horse savvy from his earliest childhood out on the Dog Iron Ranch near Oologah, Indian Territory, not far from Claremore, Oklahoma. He started riding soon after he started to walk. Comanche was about 5 years old when Will got him, stood about 14 hands, and weighed about 950 pounds. He was fast, smart, and, working with Will, became one of the best known roping ponies in that part of the country.
Will grew up on Comanche. He spent every possible minute with him. A lonely boy, as he rode Comanche he talked to himself – about what, nobody ever knew. Comanche filled a deep need for a friend since loss of his mother. About that time, in the late 90s, steer ropings – the forerunners of today’ s rodeos were becoming popular around Indian Territory. Cowboys came from far and near to rope and tie down steers and to ride “pitching” horses. In these local steer ropings on Sundays and holidays.
Will, now a young man, got his first experience riding Comanche. In one of his first competitions, when the steer hit the rope, Comanche was jerked off his feet and Will went flying. Will picked himself and Comanche up and tried again. Down went Comanche and Will again. “Try it once more, son,” said the judge, “and if the steer knocks you down again, tie up yore horse’s feet and I’ll give you time.” Will won his first “first” when he was 19. Against a field of 10, Will “tied his cow” in 52 seconds flat. With that sweet taste of success in his mouth, he competed in every steer roping he could attend. Will went on to travel the world and onto the stage where he even had special shoes made for his horse Teddy to perform on stage in.. And many more stories.
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One hour Story Time and Trick Roping Lessons End of Program
Pre-K to 6th Grade
$295 plus mileage
In person: $155
Pre-recorded: $225 ZOOM Platform
Oklahoma State standard mileage fee .58 cents a mile (RT)
Chester Robin, Entertainment Director 405-812-0338
Matt Pinell Oklahoma Lt. Governor 405-521-2161 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Programs are flexible and pricing may very due to current conditions but we will do what ever it take to make sure your children have a memorable and fun education they will never forget. Trick roping will provide once in a life time opportunity for all ages.
Imagine Your Story: My heroes have always been cowboys
There was a very sick little boy who spent most of his youth in the hospital, while most children were outside playing and he had to stay in an Oxygen Tent that surrounded his bed 24 hours a day. That little boy was me and during that time I imagined my story many times and my heroes have always been cowboys. So being in a tent wasn’t so bad. It was like camping out, and I had plenty of time to imagine while I played with the small rope and cowboy hat my father brought me. I imagined magnificent mustang horses racing across the mountain tops in the dew of the early morning. I imagined the wind in my face and the smell of wheat and fresh prairie flowers as I galloped my horse across the open range with no boundaries. I also dreamed of traveling the world riding and roping like my father in the rodeos, even though the doctors said I had very little to chance of ever riding a house again safely.I didn't let that stop me. I used my strength and determination and I got back on my horse and rode again.My imagination allowed me to follow my dreams and with the help of God I was able to rope and ride again and help other grow. When life knocks us down we have to get back up and dust our self off and, go at it again with a POSITIVE attitude. My dreams came true and yours can too.
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State Travel Expenses set at .58 cents a mile 2020 From Shawnee Oklahoma. Large discount for multiple shows in same or surrounding towns.
Chester Robin, Chester Party Barn 405-812-0338; Lieutenant Governor, Matt Pinnell 405-521-2161
2017 Build a Better World
Oklahoma Kid Trick Roper and Story Telling
Wild West Stories and Trick Roping Lessons. It is an interactive program where I teach them to Build a Loop and Trick Roping and tell story time about Will Rogers, 101 Ranch, Pawnee Bill WIld West Show and other characters of the West that help shape our country. I use poster size photos and supply trick ropes so everyone will have a chance to spin a loop.
(1) One Hour
Pre-K - 6th and Teens
$300 + mileage
State of Oklahoma (Every county in Oklahoma)
Celia Graham @ Meeker Library 405-279-3652; Kelly Baker Tonkawa Library (580) 628-3366
2016 Fitness & Health
Marty Tipton appears in the 2015 Oklahoma Performers Showcase Directory
The Oklahoma Kid Trick Roping
Hello, I'm the Oklahoma Kid and I am fourth generation trick roper with relative ties to Will Rogers. As a retired professional rodeo athlete and trick roper I know the importance of staying physically fit. For the summer of 2015 I will be telling stories of my heritage and explaining how exercise and practice contributed to my success. I encourage our youth to become physically active and I do this by teaching them how to warm up, stretch and spin a trick rope. Every child will have the chance to hold and spin a trick rope for them self. I will provide as many trick ropes necessary.
(1) One Hour
(PreK-3rd) (4th-5th) (6th-8th)
$300 plus millage
Celia Graham (Meeker Library) 405-279-1139; Stephanie Greenfield (Tyrone Library) 580-652-2835