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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Z LETHBRIDGE HERALD May Kiwi cowboy flys north to ride The student Gar McMasterfrom New Zealand. thought I knew a little about but since I've been I've discovered I don't know all that Next time a student complains about the long distance he has to travel to tell him to talk to Gar McMaster. McMaster travelled more than miles from his home to the Jim Gladstone rodeo college at Cardston. McMaster's home is in New Zealand. flew up here specifically to attend the and learn what I could about bareback bronc he said with an accent one seldom hears around a rodeo arena He wrote instructor Joe a three-time world bareback inquiring about the liked what he read in the reply and decided to attend. His one-way plane ticket set him back Tuiton at the school for the week's bareback instruction is In addition to these expenses and his hotel and restaurant McMaster is buying some new rodeo equipment rigging and gloves up here are far superior to those down he said riggings are flimsy and flat while the ones here are shaped and of very solid The new equipment will cost McMaster in the neighborhood of can't believe the price of leather here. Chaps sell for I used to make them at just like these and sell them for The leather cost me McMaster started rodeoing in New Zealand in 1970 and has made it to the national finals in his home country. Thus far during his brief stay in he has managed to compete at three rodeos. He came away empty handed. bucked off on all three I've he said drew a national finals horse called Commanche at North Battleford and Jim Gladstone told me he never saw a guy get tossed so high in the air I came off the back way and when I hit the ground I thought I'd broken my again Besides a broken back he has also suffered broken ribs in the rodeos. The broken ribs were detected when the doctor x-rayed for the broken back The ribs had been broken for two weeks before they were detected. Horses up here differ greatly in their bucking styles from those he's used to New horses buck in long easy jumps or in a stiff frog hop fashion Here they kick high with the rear legs and drop away from you immediately out of the chute There are no stock contractors in New Zealand The bucking stock is supplied by the large stations in the area immediate to the rodeo thought I knew a little bit about but since I've been I've discovered I don't know all that McMaster lamented Another aspect he has to adapt to Story by GARRY ALLISON Photos by BILL GROENEN The teacher ;