Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 17, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lethbridge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbrldge, Alberta, Monday, February 17, 1975 Pages 17-32 Cowboy school trains to survive arena's tests How do you teach someone to be a rodeo cowboy? You can't, according to the head of an organization running a rodeo school at Lethbridge. But you can show him the ropes, then let him eat arena dirt and hope he learns to avoid biting the dust like an Indian in a John Wayne movie, according to Bob Menzie, a student at Lethbridge Community College and president of the school's rodeo club. 'Just teach them the basics so the guy knows what he's doing when he's put Mr. Menzie said. The college Rodeo Club is conducting a rodeo school at the Exhibition Pavilion. The course, Feb. 14-22 is open to all interested persons. It includes instructions in steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, bull riding, bareback riding and saddle bronc riding. Instruction in the basics of each event lasts three days. There are 20 students each in steer wrestling, calf roping and team roping. The riding events, which still have vacancies, begin this week. The course will finish Feb. 22 with a jackpot rodeo at 7 p.m. at the Pavilion. Those learning steer wrestling, says Mr. Menzie, are told the correct positioning of their hips and legs, how to grab the steer's horns and how to pull the steer down. "In this event, instruction is all ground work. When the time comes to ride out of the shute, its entirely up to the competitor. You can tell him what to do, when and how the rest is up to he says. In calf roping and team roping, students are shown the types of ropes, how to build a loop and how to throw the rope. Riding events are a little more colorful. But for someone "trying" to ride a bull for the first time it can be an unforgettable experience. 'You tell the student what to do. Then he gets on the bull and tries to follow your says Mr. Menzie. Instructions cover how to set the rope, how to work the spurs, positioning of the rider's body, hands and elbows. "You try to tell the rider how to maintain his balance and always watch the bulls head." Students in the saddle bronc riding event are given instructions covering everything from saddling the horse, spurring and controlling balance in a spin, to how much rein to give the bronc and the positioning of the rider's feet and toes. Bareback bronc riding is a combination in basics of bull riding and saddle bronc riding. Instructions are fine and definitely helpful. "But once you get on that animal's back and call for an open gate, you are on your says Mr. Menzie. TOM IVES SHOWED BULLDOGGERS WHERE TO LAND ON A TIN STEER WALTER KERBERphotot -IWV ROGER HUNT HELD HIS BREATH WHEN HE MADE THE LEAP TO MOCK BEAST GAMES ATHLETES FROM N.W.T. WATCH PRAIRIE COWBOYS' BULLDOGGING PRACTICE Sotith's Progressive Conservatives lead candidate scramble By AL SCARTH Herald SUM Writer At the start of the first lap in Alberta's 18th general elec- tion, Progressive Conservatives in Southern Alberta lead the field with a full slate of II candidates running in 11 constituen- cies. But the Social Credit party has seven candidates nominated for the March 26 election, called last Friday by Premier Peter Lougheed, and the remaining four will soon enter the starting gate. The New Democratic Party is running third in number of candidates nominated, with four out of 11, but is looking to a possible full slate in seven more "maybe" nominations. Late-starting Liberals have nominated zero candidates out of 11 possible, but have set starting dates for three and hope for two more "maybe" nominations to bring their slate to five out In the age category, New Democrats will be running the youngest slate of hopeful MLA's at an average age of 38 years. That could change a) the party nominates additional can- didates. Average age of Conservative candidates in Southern Alberta is 43 years. For the Socreds it is 49 yean. Ai the Liberals have hot revealed' their potential candidates, their ages are not known. The mean age for Conservatives (i.e., half are younger and half are older) is 42 years, for Socreds 63 years, and for .New Democrats 40 years. Here is a riding-by-riding summary of how the parties stand: LETHBRIDGE EAST: The Conservatives have nominated Dick Johnston, 34, a chartered accountant and university lec- turer. The Liberals will nominate a candidate Feb. 25. New Democrats have nominated Bessie Annand, 47, an elementary school vice-principal. The Social Credit Party will probably nominate John Anderson, 60, a businessman, MLA at the last legislature. A nomination was set for March 3 but will probably be moved forward. LETHBRIDGE WEST: Conservatives have nominated John Gogo, 42, an investment broker. Liberals hope to nominate a candidate within two. weeks. New Democrats hope to nominate within one week. Social Creditors have nominated Dick Gruenwald, 58, an insurance agent, MLA at the last legislature. BOW VALLEY: Conservatives have nominated Jim George, 62, a Gem rancher. Liberals do not have a candidate. New Democrats have not set a nomination date but hope for a candidate. Socreds have nominated Fred Mandeville, 52, a Brooks rancher and farmer, MLA in the last legislature. CARDSTON: Conservatives have nominated John Thomp- son, 50, a Spring Coulee farmer. Liberals do not have a can- didate. New Democrats hope for a candidate but have set no nomination date. Socreds will choose a candidate Feb. 26 in the E. J. Wood School in Cardston at 8 p.m. Roy Spackman, 53, a Cardston physician, and Les Campbell, 60, a Cardston farmer, are expected to seek the nomination. CYPRESS: Conservatives have picked Alan Hyland, 29, a Bow Island farmer. Liberals have no candidate in sight. New Democrats have chosen Allen Eng, 41, principal of the Manyberries school. Socreds have chosen Barry Bernhardt, 23, a Foremost realtor. HIGHWOOD: Conservatives have nominated George Wolstenholme, 57, a Nanton jeweller. Liberals have no can- didate. New Democrats picked Muriel McCreary, 39, of Okotoks. Socreds picked Ed Benoit, 58, a Church of Christ minister. He was MLA in the last legislature. LITTLE BOW: Conservatives have chosen George McMorris, 67, a Milo rancher. Liberals will nominate Feb. 25 in Picture Butte at a joint meeting with Macleod constituency. New Democrats will decide at a meeting this week whether to hold a nomination. Socreds have picked Ray Speaker, 39, a farmer and teacher. He was MLA in the last legislature MACLEOD: Conservatives have nominated John Walker, 46, a Fort Macleod physician. Liberals will hold a nomination meeting Feb. 25 in conjunction with Little Bow constituency. New Democrats hope to hold a nomination shortly. Socreds are expected to nominate Leighton Buckwell, 57, a Fort Macleod rancher, who was MLA at the last legislature, at a meeting March 8 in the Anglican Hall in Fort Macleod at p m MEDICINE HAT REDCLIFF: Conservatives have chosen Jim Horsman, 39, a Medicine Hat lawyer. Liberals have not set a nomination date but still hope for a candidate. New Democrats were to decide tonight (Monday) whether to hold a nomination. Socreds have picked Bill Wyse, 41, a public relations officer. He was MLA in the last iegisiature. PINCHER CREEK CROWSNEST: Conservatives nominated Fred Bradley, 25, a Blairmore merchant. Liberals do not have a candidate. New Democrats have not set a nomina- tion but hope for a candidate. Socreds are expected to nominate Charlie Drain, 62, a Blairmore general contractor, MLA in the last legislature, at a nomination meeting Sunday afternoon In the Lundbreck Community Hall. TABER WARNER: Conservatives have nominated Bob Bogle, 30, a Milk River high school teacher. Liberals do not have a candidate. New Democrats have chosen Brian Aman, 25, a Coutts teacher. Socreds have nominated Werner Schmidt, 41, provincial party leader. PROVINCE-WIDE: Conservatives have nominated can- didates In all 75 constituencies; Liberals hope to nominate In tO to 30 by the weekend after their convention in Calgary and possibly more; New Democrats have nominated 41 candidates, have 10 more nominations set and hope for a full slate; Socrtdi have nominated 22, but say the remaining nominations can be ready to go "overnight."