Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE IEIHBRIDCE HERAID Ihursdoy, April 11, 197J How to ivin 36 saddles and other rodeo awards JU r.ARHY ALUSON' Jlcratcl Staff When (lie Hews family loaves town, Pekisko, Atla. becomes ii ghost town. 1'ekisko, where the public telephone booth is one of the larger buildings, is just soulli of Calgary (near that other tliming mclropolis of Caylcy) and i.s Ihe home of Tom and llosemarie Hews and I heir Itircc SOILS, T. J., Guy and Dusty. In fact the Dews ;irc the only inhabitants of Pekisko. Tom. riol rodeoing, runs tlin general store, and gas sta- tion, as as looking after liis own rodeo arena in Pekisko. lie also makes all the major decisions on the town's policies concerning foreign affairs, con- struction, what TV shows to watch and when to turn out the lights. Though he counts from such an obscure little hamlet, the name of Tom Rows is recog- nized and rcspecled throughout the rodeo world. Ho Is known From Texas to Edmonton as one of the best saddle bronc riders and all- aronnd hands going down the road today. In a relatively short lime (his first pro rodeo wns in 19G2) Tom has amassed trophy saddles, 10 buckles, 50 assorted trophies, six watches and one sot nf steer horns. "I appreciate every award I've ever tlie likeable cowboy said. "The first saddle of course was ;i big thrill, but 1 still get a thrill from winning them. "I'm proud of (lie fact I've been lo tho National Fin- als twice (in the tup six brjlh and I gnl a big Uirill in 1071 v.hen I won three Tana dian championships the all- around, steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding." Despite his colorful, crowd- pleasing antics after a success- ful ride, which Tom says arc not intended to he .show-offish Inil merely to give the crowd a kick, be has bis serious side. lie feels rodeo has a great fu- ture, but visualizes the sport hemming a paid business, with top hands being under contract to certain rodeos or circuits for a set. fee. "It won't he n challenge any more if this Tom said. ''Now you pay your entry fee and take your chances; its a real test. lint with contracts, n cowboy can become compla- cent as be knows he is going to gel paid no malter what. I hope it doesn't happen, hut T can sec it coming." Two years ago ;it the Cal ga ry .Stampede, Trim a rid two other saddle brcmc finalists look an unpopular stand when they refused to ride what they con- sidered poor-quality horses they had drawn for Ihc finals. "We were wrong, I guess, in making the drav, and then re- fusing to ride. should have refused lo draw in the first he .said. "I think we made our poinl though, for this year's finals wore the best ever at Calgary with only the host burking slock part id paling." On the subject of the Cana- dian Rodeo Cowboys Associa- tion, Tom nothing hut praise for the fair way com- petitors arc "The association is cowl my- oriented and every cowboy has his say. ff there happens Lo be a consistently poor j'Jtlgo, they bar him. 'Ilreak his pencil' is term they Tom sUiled. Tom doesn't profess In he; a good traveller, disliking Ihc many long hours on the road necessary in order to earn big money, fie prefers to stay near homo with bis family, run (he store and do leather work, lie also enjoys working with horses and is building quite a reputa- tion among Ihe cowboys as a golfer. The applause of the crowd after a good ride or quick catch is gratifying, hut Tom feels the approval of the cowboys has a deeper meaning to him as they know the inside troubles in ac- complishing the la.sk. While Torn is at his Lest on a saddle brnnc, he professes lo like en If roping the best of all three events he competes in the other being steer wrestling of course. Give a lislen at any Southern 11 link I hey were arch enemies. The verbal duel goes on every lime Tom rides Reg bclit- tling Tom's riding ability and Tom running down Kcslcr's horses. Hut il's all in fun. Since first appearing in the Canadian standings in 1964, Tom Bows is a colorful, flamboyant personality w h o loves life and has as his per- sonal motto: "Smite and the sonal motto: "Smite and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone." Tom Bews saddle bronc champion POT-LUCK By D'ARCY RICKARD While they were, and while Ihey ;ire today, like clouds in soulh Alberta's big, beautiful, blue sky. I'm speaking of Maude niul Minnie, 1935 vintage, two of Hie most wonderful work horses I've ever known. I'd give a million dollars if 1 could make a wish. I'd make the wish and you'd see me vanish, disappear from behind Iliis typewrilter. I'd be back on liirdseye Ranch, sitting on Maude or Minnie. Is il hard lo remember back 35 years? Not really; 35 years is just a drop in the bucket. Here we are boys again, running from the cookhouse, riding our stick horses around the yard, lying on our bellies on the slab bridges over the irrigation ditches, catching snakes and catching Midget and riding to the dam. Why did we always ride to the dam? Don't ask me. Midget was a steady little horse, so steady she could stand for an hour in the same spot and all the kicking, clucking, pushing and pulling wouldn't budge her. The saddle slipped at the dam. Three of n.s fell, off. I said "the water's coining up." Good old Midget. Hut never mind her, this is about Maude and Minnie. A pair of strong hands would HCt you up. The back was broad. Then you'd hear the clatter of the hay-mower. You could sit up there for hours. Your short panls would creep up your thighs and you'd gel kind of raw and sweaty, But up there you were a king and the whole meadow was your domain. Talk about patient horses! lieautiful! Come lo think of il, there really wasn't that much lo il. But can you imagine anyone putting you up on the front of a tractor? You'd gel hot and .swoiily all right! Well, Maude and Minnie were beautiful horses. Al least Minnie was; I'm not so sure about Maude. She had a bit of a temper. I stand ready lo be cor- rected. I'm often wrong. But I do Lhink Minnie was just a shade whiter than Maude. We used to have some fun with her. One time we put banana peels all around behind her stall. "Watch I said lo Uncle Max. "I'm playing a little joke on Maude." "Watch said Uncle Max. Well, she backed oul of her slall and full right on her tail. Haw! haw! I thought I'd die. "Watch said Uncle Max. "I'll get Ihe wheel- Maude boosted me, all right, lloo, boy! .She had power, lhal horse. Her name was Maude, all right! Yes, and I still have the shoe marks to prove it. I get a kick out of remembering (he things lhat happened on liirdseye fianch. New slain-removing process works l llcjirinl'Lil from tin; Pn-r Press Weekly) A slain removal pro- cedure, thai works effectively with oilher a new or old wash- er, lias been found successful in removing 2-1 common slain.s from clothes by Ihe home eco- nomics .section of the Manitoba department of agriculture. It depends on two factors, whether Ihc fabric can tic laun- dered in hot writer and if il will withstand chlorine; bicarb. This would nol be for silk, wool and .spamlex v, liith must nol he blenched with chlorine bleach. If these fabrics can sland I lie heat of the water oxygen bleach, (sold in boxes marked .Safe far r.ll Fabrics) could bo used. 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