RODEO, APPEALING TO EVERY
CLASS OF PEOPLE, INSPIRED EVEN THE BRITISH TO
London Press Unanimous in
Praise of Exhibition of Manly and Womanly Sportsmanship and Courage
That Shook Wembley Exhibition
By Thomas D. Ranson
It may seem superfluous to analyze the appeal of rodeo shows
with the American public. The pity is that people in eastern cities
are not given more opportunity to see really worthwhile rodeos. A
sold out grandstand would invariably greet these exhibitions of
daring, skill and horsemanship, which appeal so deeply to the
American public, and, which are free from the element of needless
cruelty which usually repels the Anglo-Saxon who witnesses a bull
The tremendous hit made by Tex Austin's rodeo show at Wembley,
England, last year, illustrates the popular appeal of this form of
entertainment, and the desirability that the rodeo shall become a
national American pastime as disinguished from a form of show to be
seen only in the west.
The Wembley show was the most stupendous and ambitious Empire
exhibition ever staged on the soil of Great Britain. It contained
huge exhibits from every part of the world, with shows and
exhibitions of all kinds illustrating amusements and customs of
peoples from the far corners of the Earth.
And then Tex Austin's rodeo came along and ran away with the
The writer had an opportunity to see the principal English
newspapers and illustrated magazines, and discussion of the rodeo
and illustrations of the rodeo occupied more than half the space
devoted to the Wembley exhibition.
It is not easy to move a stolid race like the British to lyric
enthusiasm, but the following are examples of press comment, which
illustrates the impression of American skill and daring called
forth by the rodeo exhibition:
The London Times: "It is funny to hear middle aged, theatre
going England, hum and haw about the alleged brutality of steer
roping. We sometimes feel fat and over-civilized in the presence of
these mighty men of the plains, with skins of leather and muscels
(sic) of steel. They are true examples of the pioneers who could
conquer a continent."
The London Graphic: "The writer is not easily thrilled, but he
was thrilled yesterday. Imagine a man, going at full gallop,
crawling under his horse's belly and emerging safe in the saddle on
the other side without checking the animal's speed."
The London Sphere: "We confess the women riders stirred us to
greatest enthusiasm. The sight of these gallant cowgirls standing
up in the saddles and performing breath taking stunts while their
horse galloped at full speed drew cheer after cheer from the
thousands of massed spectators. These are the finest and most
inspiring representatives the Americans ever sent England."
And so ad infinitum. There are enthusiasts in various branches
of sport, but a good rodeo exhibition appeals to every class and
age, and provides thrills for the most sophisticated.