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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta C- ICTHBRIDCE HERAID 59, St. Mary's sc hool teacher part of new rodeo breed By GARRY ALLISON Of The JUciald What's a nice school teacher like that doing in a sport like rxxleo? Well, Lynn Jensen of Card- srton is going to coriect that. June of this year will mark his last month as a school teacher. Lynn will be devoting his M] 'inie to rodeo and j ou can bet your family allowance that he'll make it pay. Born in Carciston in 1945, Lynn spent four years at Utah State earning his Bachelor of Science degree. He then taught one year in Utah, then lo Taber and has spent the iasi three years teaching at the St. Mary's School on the Blood Indian Re- serve. His prime concern in the classroom is Grade 8-10 math and science hut, up until re- cently, he also taught rodeo as part of the school curriculum. Unfortunately, both for Lynn and the Indian the school officials saw lit to drop the rodeo class How did he get iino rodeo9 "I was always interested.'' said Lynn, ''and the fellows I hung around with were interest- ed as well, but it wasn't until 1 attended college that I really became involved." He started rodeoing in 1965 but really bore down" in 1968. By 1971 lie had chalked up the sorU-ern circuit all-around and the bare- back brtmc riding crown as well This vcar he is currently leading the Canadian all- around and in the past has finished as high as third in Canada in that cate- gory. He has also placed in the top five bareback riders in the country a number of times A true all-around cowboy, he FREDDIE'S BIG BONUS OFFER BUY BENJAMIN-MOORE'S BEST EXTERIOR PAINTS AND SAVE Moore's House YOU PAY ONIY Reg. 13.70 gal. 10 FREE [MooRGAf PER GAL. PLUS RECEIVE m ONf QUART OF ANY BENJAMIN-MOORE PAINT IN THE STORE choose from Aquaglo Interior Latex Sajin Enamel ....................4 40 qt. Aquavelvet Inferior Latex Flat Enamel 4.40 qf. Super Still White Hi Gloss Enamel............................4.70 qt. Exterior Primer 4.10 qt. Marine Spar Varnish 4.20 qt. Urethane Varnish 4.65 qt. The above are fust c few examples of products available on this bonus offer. FREDDIE'S PAINT WESTERN LTD. 816 3rd Avenue S. Phone 327-5540 "WHERE QUALITY SEtLS FOR IESS SERVICE IS A MUST" CLOSED SATURDAY AFTERNOONS works both timed events, calf roping and steer wrestling, as well as the bareback event. He used to ride bulls but de- cided to give that dangerous pastime up when he lost an argument to one at the Cal- gary Stampede lasl year and was laid up for weeks. Sporting a con-pie of fresh facial cuts, brought about by a tussel with a calf, Lynn said his most serious injury just about cost him the sight in one eye. "I got hit in the eye at Mor- ris. Man., by a bull's horn and came close to knocking the eye wit. It was swollen shut for two weeks.'' His favorite event is the bareback but steer wrestling isn't far behind. "You tend to favor the event you do the best at I guess, and that's the bareback He explained how it is easier to get started in Hie bareback riding because all you have to buy is a rigging, spurs, glove and chaps. You don't have to lay out a lot (A money for ex- pensive horses. Today Lynn owns one of the (op dogging teams in the coun- try and is constantly lending 1 for g percentage of the bor- rower's winnings) team to other cowboys. "I make enough to cover my expenses'' he said. "Up to loday (Taber) they've run about 50 times in the last three days." The fledgling Alberta High School circuit owes a lot to the pro cowboys and it is men like Lynn, John Loree and Harold Mandeville who. through their work with this new circuit, LYNN JENSEN show their concern for the future of rodeo. "The high school circuit looks great and it should de- veiop into a fine starting point for iuture performers." He would like to see a coach- mar ager type of person be- come involved in the college rodeo circuit aind he also feels the college people should set standards for reasonable marks before a student is allowed to compete. ''Rodeo is growing and the general public should be made more aware of the intricacies of the various events. This mjghl be done through films, talks or demonstrations and plenty of public relations work.1' The cowboy has changed over the years from the work- ing rancher to the college graduates now infiltrating the sport. Ljnn Jensen is parl of tnto new breed. But bucking horses doiil care what degrees vou hold. And when it comes right down to it, ability and courage are the prime ingredients for a successful cowboy. i ___ A 1 I I I I I IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO ORDER REPAIR REPLACE YOUR CAMPER, CAMPERETTE or INDUSTRIAL CAB WE SPECIALIZE IN CABiNETS AND MOBILE HOME ACCESSORIES M.I. Industries Phone 328-0923 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA L326C lOrit ST. N. mm mmm ns mm MI MB MB MI mm mmi ;