From the Arizona Daily Star Saturday, Feb. 21, 1925:
MULLINS FINDS BEST CONTEST
MEN IN TUCSON
Experts From All Over U.S.
Here For First Rodeo in City's History
"I have seen many rodeos, but never one that drew so many of the
best boys in the game as the Tucson event," said Johnny Mullin, ...
who is aiding Sid Simpson and Ed Echols in handling the Fiesta de
los Vaqueros at the Santa Catalina field this afternoon, tomorrow
All week long the contestants have been arriving for the events,
and among the ones now in the city are the "top hands" of the
riders, ropers and bulldoggers of the United States. In the groups
are many who accompanied Tex Austin to the International Rodeo at
the Wembley Stadium at London last year, where they represented the
United States in competition with the best cattlemen of the
The growing list of bulldoggers - a "dangerous, spectacular
sport" - included contestants from Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
Billy Kingham, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was considered one of the best
in the business and a leader in his class.
Some other contestants of note:
Among the many notables that are gracing Tucson at present —
waiting for the opening event, when the first gun of the three-day
Rodeo will be fired is Chief Hawk, chief of a tribe of Pueblo
Indians that arrived today from the Taos reservation at Taos, New
The chief comes to Tucson to win the prize in the bronc riding
event and the bulldogging contest.
Those that have seen him work say that his competitors will have
a hard time in keeping up with him. He has repeatedly taken both
first and second money at many events here in the southwest.
Among the contestants were some ladies, of course:
Known in private life as Mrs. Mike Hastings, wife of the stellar
bulldogger, who will work in the Tucson rodeo, Fox Hastings is
noted in her own right as a rider and bulldogger, in fact, believed
to be the only woman bulldogger in the rodeo game.
Traveling overland from Fort Worth, Texas, where they attended
the stock show, Mike and Fox Hastings arrived in Tucson in their
roadster with the pet mount of Mike traveling behind in a trailer.
The pony, an intelligent little strawberry roan, will take his part
in the program this afternoon when Mike starts from the line to
catch his steer in the arena for one of the most spectacular feats
of any rodeo, the bulldogging.
And what rodeo would be complete without a clown?
Seated in the middle of a wild eyed pitching steer, Red
Sublette, who with his famous trick mule, Sparkplug, appears at the
Tucson rodeo this afternoon, is as comfortable as the ordinary
mortal in an easy chair. At least, so he says.
The cowboy clown, who with his drollery has amused two
continents, has but recently return from the trip to Europe, which
he made as a feature of the mammoth rodeo put on at the Wemberly
(sic) Stadium in London by Tex Austin.
Sublette, who is the most famous rodeo clown in the United
States today, has a long record of successful performances in many
different shows and is well known all over the west as a good
entertainer both by the cattlemen who know him personally and by
his audiences who have never seen him without the "hick" makeup
with which he enters the arena.
Tomorrow: Bulldogging from an automobile, and rodeos inspire
even the British to enthusiasm.