Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
20 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, May 15, 1973. fs. There arc now four R's assi> ciated school "readin, riten, rithmilic" and rodeo. Rodeo, as taught at the Jim Gladstone Rcdoo School, is cer- tainly the most popular and en- joyabl" of the four R's. Like ether private school sys- tems, the Gladstone School teaches a full curriculum, pro- vides highly qualified instruc- tors and charges tuition fees. All five of the major rodeo events are taught as well as boy's steer riding. Tuition for the school is for a com- plete week of instruction or a day. The school room is the Tall Timber Stables three miles west of Cardston and is the largest indoor arena around de- voted solely to rodeo activities. Instructors The faculty all have their master of hard knocks and bachelor of rodeo competition degrees. The bareback bronc riding is Instructed by Allen Thorpe, a journeyman of the rigging ev- ent who finished in eighth in the world standings last year as well as second in the Canadian standings. Professor Rocky Roekabar, the hard-rock bull tamer from Medicine Hat, is in charge of- the bull ridinsr class. Rocky is p consistently in the top three or four in Canadian bull riding and has competed at the National Rodeo Finals, the world series of rodeo. Saddle bronc riders were taught the tricks Of the trade by one of the better hands in the business, Larry Jordan. Warren Wuthier of Banner, Wyoming, who has finished sec- ond in the race for the world's all round title and has won such prestigious rodeos as the Calgary Stampede and the Cheyenne Frontier Days, is the chief instructor for the stesr wrestling and the calf roping events. Assisting the fine line-up of rodeo talent are Bob Wilson, an up-and-coming hand in Ca- nadian rccleo circles, and Lynn Jer.scn, a school teacher by trade and a past winner of the Southern Circuit all-around chr.mpior.s5up. Overseeing the school, of course, is Jim Gladstone. Jim has won two Canadian roping tit'es and is the first Canadian to finish in the top 10 in the world standings in that event. Besides looking after the nu- merous details behind the scenes Jim also took part in the instructional end of the school as well. Complementing the fine in- struction is a video tape ma- chine. Whether a student has just thing he is doing well and show him how it benefits his per- formance. The school originated with the idea of helping Indian youngsters breaking into the sport of rodeo. It was felt that with the tenefit of some expert advice the youngsters could then compete with confidence and ability on the various ro- circuits. Today, however, the school has broadened its scope and in- cludes, among its almost 200 students, men from all levels of rodeo. Professional cowboys brushing up on their techni- ques, Indian circuit competi- tors, high school, college and amateur rodeo people all at- tend the classes. completed a bronc ride or just finished wrapping a calf, he and the instructor could then review his performance on the video machine. The teacher and student can then spot the wrong moves he made and en- deavor to correct them, or a teacher can point out some- By GARRY ALLISON of The Herald "Putting on a school of this calibre, which draws people from tbs western prov- inces, Arizona, Nebraska and Montana, costs in the neighbor- hood of school "prin- cipal" Jimmy Gladstone says. Expenses are high. The stock, supplied by Harry Shade for the bucking events, the instructors, feed, the heat- ing and lighting of the building and numerous smaller bills all add up. The middle week of the three- week school, which started April 30 and runs through May 13, is devoted to roping and steer wrestling. Bareback and saddle bronc riders were schooled in their events during the first weak and the bull riders and boy's steer riding event will wind up the school. Going into some detail con- cerning the calf roping and steer wrestling, Warren Wuth- ier pointed out that these ev- ents were a lot like baseball and golf. Both events require timing and strength. Each participant may have a different style but the same basic principles ap- ply. A hitter in baseball or a golfer requires a smooth swing and follow through and so it is with calf roping. The style is up to the individual the me- chanics of the event remain the same, Warren says. Instruction in both the roping Hard knocks Ron Ostrom of Corse- land rides mechanical bucking machine at the Gladstone Rodeo School, The equipment enables student cowboys to im- prove their skills before handling a live mount in the rodeo arena. Bob Wil- son provides "the kick" in the machine. and steer wrestling starts on the ground. "First a student must learn to tie a calf or to stop a steer and throw it, before he uses the horse." Once these are mastered, the student then works on the mounted aspects of their ev- ents. An ingenious mechanical bucking machine aids the stu- dents in the bucking events, giving them the feel of motion without the dangers of the ac- tual thing. With this machine the in- structors can give pointers on style and position while the pu- pil is on the mechanical horse. Pay off? Does the school pay off? Ask men like Frank Vaile who won the Indian Circuit calf roping title last year after attending the school; Levi Blackwater came to the school and then went on to win the Indian circuit's all round hon- ors; Calvin Fox went to the in- ternational high school rodeo fi- nals; and young Buddy Curry won the boy's steer riding at the Calgary Stampede. The school shows results. And that's what it's all about, improving the calibre of ro- deo.