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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta ------------Tuesday, October 17, 1973 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 15 Indian rodeo association is' gate attraction By GARRY ALTJSON of The IleraM The Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association got Its start way back in 1960. The fledgling or- gani salion was comprised oC only four rodeos Hobema, Blood ami Sarcee rodeos, and one at Browning, Montana, Today, the four original rod- eos are supplemented by a large circuit which includes Brocket, Ha rley, Mont., Usk, Washington, Winterburn, Babb, Montan a and a rodeo fin als held this year at Standoff. The Indian circuit has grown from humble beginnings and now is a top-flight attraction. It features many of Uie lop names on both the professional and amateur circuits in Canada and (lie U.S., including Jim Glad- stone, Bud Connelly, Fete Bruised Head, Jack Edmo and Dib Espinoza, The rules thai govern the Deration of (he IRC A are iden- tical to Uiose of the Canadian and American professional cir- cuits with few exceptions. The main difference is that a com- petitor must have an Indian heritage in order to compete in Uw IRCA, AH the m a jor rodeo events are present ed at any IRCA show. In addition to the bare- back, saddle bronc, bull riding, steer wrestling and calf roping the IHCA lias added team rop- ing and a junior and senior class in tire gals barrel racing event as well as boy's steer ruling, While team roping is not an event seen too often in Canadi- an rodeo circles it is becoming popular and is a big event in the U.S. During the year .a tabulation is kept on each competitor and at Hie end of the season these points are totalled and the top ten competitors in each event are invited to Ihc finals. Instead of using a money sys- tem in tabulating their stand- ings the IRCA works on a points basis. The winner of a rodeo or a go round gets 40 poi n Is whi le the second place finisher receives 30 points, with 20 and 10 points being given to third and fourth respectively. The only time money enters into the standings picture is in case of a tie. The IHCA is presently under the direction of Gordon Crow- child aided by secretary Frod Gladstone. In the of Ed Connelly, "Fred has held Iric Hey! This spot is familiar! association together right from UH> start, and has really worked hard in the organization." The IRCA provides native judges, stock contractors, tim- ers and announcers for most of the shows and seldom have ot draw on outside help. JS72 was a banner year for the IHCA. The champions i n each event arc as follows: Dib Espiroza of Arlce, Mont. was the all around champion :n the IRCA (his year. Dib SALES NOBLEFORD Phone 824-3255 LETHBRiDGE 1107 2nd Ave. 'A' North Phone 328-OO96 328-0650 TABER Phone 223-3433 Your Headquartes for all Farm Machinery needs including Noble Chisel Plows Maverick Trailers Noble Higfi Clearance Drills Complete Line of Buffer Buildings GSi and Noble Blades Farmsted IVlorns Rod Wesders Complete Service Facilities squeezed out Levi Blackv.'ater for the circuit Vllle. He had 430 points while Levi's total was 395, In the bull riding event Grant Fox garnered 217.5 points as compared to 180 for second place finisher Jim Gaulhicr. Ira Tailfeathers of the Blood Reserve had a total of 200 points in the bareback event and beat out Jess Galbraith who had a total of 180 pom's. The saddle bronc title was taken by Leonard Little- bear of Ihe Blood Reserve with 255 points easily ou'distancing Cody Wihiman who had 155. Frank Vaille, a Montana com- petitor, was the circuit's calf ropiny king with 267 points as compared to Dick AldoTs 230 points in second spot. Ixjvi Blackwater reversed the tables on Dib Espinoza in (he steer wrestling as he took the title with 209 points. Espinoza had 190 in second. Lewis Liltlebear's 195 poinl.1; wore enough to win Ihe boys steer riding while in the gal's barrel racing Tracey Ilamcl won both the senior and junior championships. Team roping leaders were Boiiver Bird with 140 poiute aid Gas Vaille with 120. EVEN "DOWN UNDER" You're sfill on TOP With A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL Presenting the 8th ANNUAL FARMERS and RANCHERS TOUR to AUSTRALIA and the SOUTH PACIFIC Now is Ihe Jime to book your all-Inclusive lour lo the beauriful Saulh Pacific. 28 day tour Includes FIJI NEW ZEALAND and AUSTRALIA. Departure dales as follows: DECEMBER IBIh, 1972 JANUARY 15th, 22el, 29th, 1973 FEBRUARY Sth, 12th, !9th, 26th, 1973 MARCH Sth, 1973 TOUR FARE: per person rrom...... For further info.-molion nnd brochures contact A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL 603 5ih AVENUE SOUTH Att INQUIRIES WELCOME Phone: 328-1181 and 328-7921 ;