Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
12 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Tuesday, February 20, 1973 Taber rodeo kicks off 1973 action By GARRY ALLISON of The, Herald Back in 1950 the great Carl Olson set' a high standard on the fledgling Southern Alberta Professional Rodeo Circuit when he became the first man to win the all round championship and the saddle bronc crown. Other winners that initial year of action were Charlie Chick in the bareback event, Red McDowell^in the bull riding, Paget Berry was the steer wrestling king. Still active Fred Gladstone took the calf roping honors. This year, the Taber rodeo will kick off the 23rd year of action May 21 and 22 for the Southern Circuit. (There is some doubt as to the beginning of the circuit, but the records start in 1950 so one must assume that was the first year). The circuit owes Its beginning to Herman Linder, one of the greatest competitors the rugged sport of rodeo ever saw. Herman was the driving force behind the circuit until his retirement a couple of years ago. This yaer the circuit is under the guiding hands of president Wally Wells of Brooks and general manager Walter Hyssop of Fort Macleod. Also on the executive are Bud Stewart of Bassano, vice president and secretary - treasurer Pearl MandevUle of Lethbridge. Tommy Bews holds the record for the most all round titles captured as the likeable Pe- GARRY ALLISON photo Thrills and spills MEMORIALS . .. kk. �&i ifct>^jL By MASTER CRAFTSMEN IMPERIAL BLACK GRANITE Balmoral Red and Oxford Grey Granite Largest Stock of Memorials in Southern Alberta kisko hand has picked up four. Taber's Buddy Van Cleave has won three all round titles. Nobody comes close to Bews in the saddle bronc event. Tommy has packed home six trophy saddles, emblematic of the circuit's bronc riding laurels. In the bareback event Bob Duce holds the record with seven circuit champions hips. Duce also picked up two all round titles and one steer wrestling crown. Leo Brown and Gid Gairstad, two of Canada's top bull tamers, have each won the circuit title in their event three times while big Bud Butterfield has grabbed off six steer wrestling titles. An impressive collection of calf ropers appears in the listings with numerous men winning the crown twice but none taking home any more than two saddles. Many rodeos have been in the Southern Circuit over the years; some still in, some dropping out and other new ones being added. Cards ton, Foremost, Claresholm and High River have all left the circuit for various reasons but many others, like Bassano, Brooks, Vauxhall and Raymond are new since the initial show. Winners on the circuit this year will receive a trophy sad- dle valued at $325 and a $75 cash award. The winners are computed on an involved point basis with the winners of rodeos being awarded certain number of points. A one-day rodeo has 200 points to divide among the winners of each event; a two-day show has 300 points; and a three-day rodeo is worth 400 points. As an example, the winner of the saddle bronc riding in Vauxhall could receive 80 points, second place would get 60, third spot would get 40 and fourth 20. Some rodeos pay only four monies, some pay six plac-ings and others pay eight. But one good thing, the fan doesn't have to figure out this system, that's up to secretary Pearl Mamdeville. VauxhalPs rodeo will follow Taper June 2, Brooks is slated for June 8, Raymond and Bassano both go on July 2; Fort Macleod is July 8, Lethbridge will go on July 19, 20 and 21, while Medicine Hat winds up the circuit on July 26, 27 and 28. All of these rodeos are in driving distance of any town in Southern Alberta and its an easy job ot drive to them all. The action is the best there is anywhere and you'll be well rewarded for your time an the road. Ric SWIHART What can Alberta farmers do to get their feed test sample results back from the Alberta Soil and Feed Testing Laboratory in the shortest possible time? G. R. Jack, livestock nutritionist at the laboratory, points out that the laboratory has a specific capacity, or output of samples, in the same way that a baler has a specific output of bales, beyond which it is physically impossible to go. When the number of samples received at the laboratory exceeds its capacity, it is inevitable that there will be backup of samples. Mr. Jack says the minimum length of time that must elapse between the time that a farmer posts a sample to the laboratory and the time he gets back the results is 10 days. Depending upon whether or not special tests are required, and the speed of the mailing system, it can take up to 16 days. But like everybody else, the staff at the laboratory are not infallible. In order to maintain their high degree of accuracy, 4-H report HOPING By Phyllis Hobbs The January meeting was held at the Hoping Community Center Jan. 3. The chairman for the night was Cherie Hir-sche. The pledge was led by Maureen Garber and roll call was "Brand and Ear Tag Number." they sometimes have to repeat a test if the results do not seem realistic. When this is the case, it can add about two days to the minimum time required. Occasionally a piece of laboratory equipment breaks down - just like a piece of farm machinery. Obtaining new equipment or repairing the old also takes time. What can you as a farmer do about all this? Well, there are things that you can do to speed up parts of the process. One of these is in the mailing area. Make sure the samples are correctly labelled, carefully wrapped and properly addressed. To avoid samples of moist feed, like silage, sitting over the weekend in the post office, mail it as early as possible in the week. Complete the white feed information sheet, indicating clearly the tests are to be done and enclose the required fee. Samples are held until this fee is received. There is a fee schedule on the back of the feed information sheet. I f feeding recommendations are required fill out the colored ration information sheet as clearly and completely as possible. Doing this accurately will greatly reduce the time required to work out the recommendations. Also, the more information given, the more meaningful the recommendations will be. If submitting samples next year, submit them as early as possible in the fall to avoid the busy period in November and December. The number of samples received by the laboratory during those two months exceeds its output capacity.