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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, September 17, 1974 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Top saddle bronc rider cherishes rodeo friendship MEL HYLAND By GARRY ALLISON Herald Sports Writer It is odd that one of the most cherished memories of a world champion saddle bronc rider should be a fourth place finish in the calf roping event. "That 13.4 second run at Rocky Mountain House early this year was the first time I'd ever placed in the roping. It payed for fourth spot. I photostated the cheque and I'll keep that copy forever. I've been trying a long time to make it in the roping and I finally succeeded." But don't kid yourself, Mel Hyland, 25, a five foot six inch, 140 pound saddle bronc rider from Ponoka still thinks his winning the world and Canadian bronc NOW IS THE TIME FOR FARM MACHINERY REPAIRS BEARINGS DODGE Available at OLIVER INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY LTD. 236 36th 8L North Phone 327-1571 or 'OLIVER DEALER' newest you riding crowns in 1972 are the best thing that have ever happened to him. While he has amassed money, trophies and numerous miles of travel, Mel feels his most impor- tant gain from rodeo has been the friends he has made. The world title still ranks as the biggest thrill in rodeo. Mel's size also works for him in the riding eveifts but is a definite handicap in the roping where he has often come up against calves well over the 300 pound mark. But Mel overcomes this barrier with the same determination that has made him one of the world's best saddle bronc riders. Progress Mel was riding steers at the Calgary Stampede at the tender age of nine years, and hasn't missed a rodeo in the big city since. He progressed from the boys' steer riding, where he enjoyed some success, to the amateur bronc riding, which he won at Calgary in 1966. And now he competes there as a former world's champion. His luck at Cheyenne has been unbelievable. He's been in the money there since 1967 and up to 1970 has finished no worse than fourth. His rodeo achievements have included a number of firsts. Mel was the youngest man to ever win a_Cana- dian saddle bronc title at the age of 18 in 1967 and in 1972 he became the first person to ever win the Canadian and the World ti- tle in the bronc riding in the same year. His first pro rodeo was at Cloverdale. B.C. in 1966 it only took him one year to make it to the top in Canada. When he climbs aboard a bronc he has one dominante thought in mind to make the best ride possible, no matter what the calibre of the horse. Prior to each ride he paces the chute area, psy- ching himself up, repeating the thought about the best possible ride, reviewing the horse's bucking pattern and constantly reminding himself to'spur his mount out of the chute. "I am conscious of the bronc's turning -and dip- ping, but I don't watch him during the ride. I ride more by reflex its quicker. You always move faster that way than by watching and thinking, and then hav- ing to relay the message to your brain. It may not take long but that split second could make quite a difference. Reflex's are quicker." One can't question Mel's method of riding when you take into account that he has already won well over rodeoing. Originally billed as hail- ing from Surrey, B.C., the Edmonton born rider has been to the national finals every year sine e 1967. He is currently in sixth place in the world standings in the race for. the saddle bronc crown, llth spot in the world all around race, fourth in the Canadian bareback standings and fourth in the Canadian sad- dle bronc standings. CATTLEMEN Book your calves or yearlings with us now to grow and winter for you on our corn silage. We can also feed them out through to market if you like. We have a modern feed- ing facilities and top notch personnel, space available for another 2000 head at present, so book early. We can also grow breed your exotic heifers for you, as we have top A.I. Technicians and facilities for your convenience. For further information Phone 328-9721 BROXBURN FEEDERS LTD. ftrcstonc STORES Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S. Phone 327-8548 USE OUR OF GUARANTEED ALIGNMENT! ONLY Tomorrow's Treasure is a FAMILY PORTRAIT and COLOR PORTRAITS ALL FOR ONLY CALL FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT SOON! BUN WARMERS by Cornwall IS INCORRECT AIR PRESSURE RUINING YOUR TIRES? Phone 327-7449 I'lHWM.K 416-13 Street North TVW.-SM. t am.-S30 DJIL CLOSED MONDAYS increase tire Me drive in today for a FREE INFLATION CHECK ;