Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
TuMday, September 3, 1974-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-9 Leading dogger says technique key to good rides By GARRY ALLISON Herald Sports Writer Rodeo is a tradition in the Lund family. The tradition dates back to 1905 when DeLoss Lund rode the first bucking horse on the main street of Raymond and continues today through his grandson, D. C. (Darwin) Lund of Taber. D. C. fulfills the tradition set by Art. Andy, Roz, Harry, Bronc and Clark well. He has won the southern circuit all around championship and the steer wrestling laurels as well, this year marking the second time he has won the dogging crown. And he is consistently in the top five for steer wrestling in the Dominion. He was born in Lethbridge in 1937 and raised in the Warner and Rosemary districts. His rodeoing has been mainly restricted to a limited area around his birthplace with the exception of a trip to Australia. D. C. spent six months in Australia in 1965 winning the steer wrestling and the calf roping events there. "I was quite proud of that trip as my father, Clark, had won the dogging title down there 30 years D. C. said. D. C. went to Australia for a number of reasons. "First of all I went because my dad had been there, and besides that I wanted to see the country. The Australian Roughriders Association, an oil company and the CRCA were directly responsible for the trip, and we flew down." "Jim Clifford was also selected by the CRCA to go. The fact that we competed in most of the events was the main reason for our selection." D. C. started rodeoing in 1946 when he entered the boys steer riding at Gem at the age of nine. At one time in his career he competed in all five major events as well as the wild horse race and the wild cow milking. He has given up bull riding and saddle broncs and only rides bareback occasionally and seldom calf ropes. He is, however, a powerhouse in the steer wrestling event. His large size, 205 pounds solidly packed on a six inch frame, and his strength aid him in the dogging event, but he feels technique is far more important than size and strength. Proper technique is the key from start to finish. "You must use your head in the box. Breaking too early or too late can cost you. Most consistent doggers are good horesmen, and know when and how to get the jump on a steer both leaving the box and leaving the horse. On the ground is where the proper technique is most important and can save many valuable seconds." D. C. suffers from the usual steer wrestler malady, bad knees. He has torn knee ligaments in his right knee from the constant pounding the knee and his ankles take digging into the arena dirt, trying to stop a running steer. He also has what he describes as a "constant state of wrench" in his shoulder. But other than that he's been pretty lucky injury wise. D. C. LUND The spurs D. C. uses have quite a history. They are the old Crockett made variety and are approximately 80 years old. Clark Lund used them during his. illustrious career and then Reg Kesler wore them in winning three Canadian all around titles. Now D. C. has them. Besides following the tradition of rodeo in his family, D. C. is a successful veterinarian, receiving his degree from the Guelph, Ont, Veterinary College. He operates the Taber Animal Clinic, a successful large animal practice. He considers rodeo a hobby, not a business, and also adds golf, hockey, basketball and skiing to his hobby list. D. C. takes more than a passing interest in rodeo though, and serves as the steer wrestling director on the CRCA board. "Rodeo has been good to me over the years and it has a great potential for the future and I'd like to be instrumental in helping achieve that he stated. The board of directors guide the development of the sport, run the business end of it, encourage sponsors to back it, promote rodeo and institute new rules. The steer wrestling director is the cowboys' voice on the board in their event. He also acts as a go between with the stock contractor and the competitors in interpreting rules and dealing with objectionable steers. One of the many new highlights to rodeo instituted by the board this year will be the Canadian National Finals slated for Edmonton on Nov. 4-9. D. C. is one of the strong advocators of this event and sees it as a great advancement for rodeo in Canada. As a veterinarian involved in rodeo, none is more qualified to speak about the use of animals in rodeo. "No one denies that rodeo is a rough sport and injuries do occur, both to the men and to the animals. But it is ridiculous to call it cruel. There is no tormenting or baiting of the animals at all. For one thing, the CRCA rules prevent this and with the investment the stock contractor has tied up in his stock, common sense also prevents it." "Flank straps are fully padded and no tighter than a man's belt and the spurs all have rounded, dulled rouls. Besides, the layman doesn't take into consideration that an animal's skin is three to four times thicker than a human's. "Bucking horses are well fed, pastured regularly, travel around the country in fine style and are treated better than most ranch horses. I feel sorrier for ranch horses and race horses than bucking stock. The race horse lives in a box stall and is often burned out at four years of age whereas a bucking horse is active for years, with many still bucking in their 20s." D. C. sees the sport of rodeo moving into large population centres in Eastern Canada, bringing in more money for the cowboy in the process and bringing his earning up to a par with other professional sports.