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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 20, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, July 10, 1972 THE IETHMIDOE HERALD 13 DETOUR The unidentified rider Is about to hit the dirt off a Kesler bull called De- tour. Bullfighter Mickey Bag- nell, keeping a sharp eye on the rider's predicament, will be right in the heart of the trouble when the rider does hit the dirt, directing the bull'j attention to himself ralher than, the fallen rider. The tire in the background is used as another attention- getter for the bull while the pants Mickey has in his hand can be tossed In the bull'j face, distracting him, ond giving both Mickey and the rider that extra split second to get away. Allison Pholo r.J RELAX THIS SUMMER NOW SAVE HUNDREDS at... DUNLOP FORD Final model year orders have been placed with fac- tory. These can are new arriving daily and we mutt keep our inventory moving to make room. "The Heat's Really On" at Dunlop Ford to came Inl Compare! Make your chaicel Make your efferl Over 100 brand new to choou from at the easiest prices In town. DEMO 2 door sportsroof, 3 speed trans., bucket seats, rear spoiler, blk. raised white let- ter tires. Special Blue and White paint and interior. OUR PRICES HAVE BEEN MELTED! SAVE! COOL BUYS WHILE THE HEAT'S ON! Record new car sales have caused a serious overstocked condition In our used car department. "The Heat Is Really On" to move them eut. See us today for a great deal on the newer car of your choice. Every car marked down this week, in an all out effort to reduce our inventory. 30 DAY UNCONDITIONAL WARRANTY ON ALL A-l USED CARS AND CARE" Open Hours: Weekday! 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. lo S p.m. CONVENIENT LOW RATE FINANCING ALL ARRANGEMENTS MADE HERE FORD Corner M.M. Drive and 16th Ave. S. Ph. 328-8861 Rodeo clown leads exciting life By CARRY ALLISON Herald Staff Writer If you (eel Inclined, by -some strange suicidal infatuation per- haps, to be a rodeo bullfighter, then Mickey Bagnell is the man to pick up a few pointers from. Mickey will bo plying his trade, along with side-kick Karl Doering, at this year's Whoop- Up Days rodeo, tonight, Friday and Saturday starting after the chuckwagon races. Bullfighters are distinguished from rodeo clowns inasmuch as Its the clown's job to entertain the crowd, while the bullfighter goes to work during the bull riding with his sole purpose being to keep the bulls away from the cowboys once they have lost their seat. "Very few people understand the technique used by the bull- Mickey said, "but they realize what his basic purpose is. "The first thing I do Is watch to see how the cowboy ties him- self on the bull. I talk to each contestant, finding out which way he wants me to 'tura' the bull, and also tell him to keep an eye on me at the end of the ride and I'll try to get him off in one piece." While that sounds simple, it js, in reality, a very Involved and dangerous business. By noting which hand a rider grips the rope with Mickey can tell what side he will jump off at the end of the ride as- suming he lasts that long. "A right-handed rider 'kicks off" to the right side, while a left-handed goes Mickey said, "when a bull is spinning to the right and the rider is right handed, the bullfighter must straighten the bull out and then turn him to the left so the rider can jump free." Mickey keeps a "book' on each bull in his mind, and re- members their little idiosyncra- cies. If he doesn't know a bull he will check with some of the cowboys or the stock contrac- tor. By "turning a bull" Mickey explained that he means he, must get the bull's attention by running past his head, making Lethbridge role is as trade centre The role of Lethbridge, unlike the cities of Calgary and Ed- monton, is to be the centre of a trading area. Only about 30 per cent of the commerce transacted in Leth- bridge comes from the people who live here, said Erwin Add- erley, executive director of the Oldman River Regional Plan- ning Commission. By comparison, in Calgary anl Edmonton, 80 to 90 per cent of the business is done by people who live within the city, he said in an interview. Because such a large part of the commercial and social life of Lethbridge comes from the region, planners must consider the city within an over-all "re- gional he said. The Importance of the sur- rounding area to the city is not sufficiently realized by people in the city, said Mr. Adderley, who leaves Sept. 1 for a job as planning director for the Ber- muda Islands. In many cases city residents are not paying their share of services in the surrounding area, he said. For instance, Park Lake is run by the County of Lethbridge, yet about half the people who use the outdoors area are from the city of Leth- bridge. The ORRPC area, which takes In southern Alberta half way to Calgary and Medicine Hat, needs about acres more park and recreational land than currently exist, he said. This will soon provide an ex- ample of whether people with- in the area can act together as a region and set up some form of parks board to obtain and administer this required recre- ational facility, he said. the bull turn and come collar bone and will him in the direction he is in the Whoop-Up with a cast on his If a rider is "hung up" hand trapped in the bull Eagnell and the bullfighter must then endeavor to get the bull running straight, thus enabling his combine to make ono of the best bullfighting ner to rush in and release teams in these hung up not only earn the Sometimes when a bull of the fans for the chute the ciown will but also the gratitude dangerously close in front cowboys because they him so the bull will turn a cer-ta n direction and spin the way the rider wants him can depend on them to get them out of a "storm" (emergency) and save their hides can ride "You can't stay too close while the rider is still on the Mickey explained, "because the bull will come after you instead of bucking. The bullfighter has to position himself in such a manner so that around and say hello to these two characters during Whoop-Up Days and then come out and watch them working in rodeo's most dangerous profession won't interfere with the ride is still close enough to help the cowboy if he gets in Mickey, while only 24, has numerous battle scars. One these momentos of the bulls is 12-inch by one-inch scar that runs up the middle of his ach, a reminder of the time bull tossed him high in the air and caught him with his on the way down, mashing He has also suffered Floor 517 4lh Avt. vertebrae, broken arms, ft FINISHING PHOTO FINISHING PHOTO 0 Tl O I I o O SUMMER ENDS X O I THE GOOD z an instant loading camera with you Z INSTANT X at 15% -T3 Popular Selection of Photographic o Parking, Open Thun. Till 9 p.m. I z IL o Jjlana 3rd Ave. S., 327-2673. PHOTO FINISHING PHOTO FINISHING PHOTO Get together with the cool bright taste ofOldMenna ICsthehanpy lazylagerbeer CTKEETE BREWING COMPANY UUTEO. 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