Mahan, Larry 1968-07-28

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Larry Mahan, World’s Champion All-Around Cowboy for 1966-67, discusses his early years in rodeo competition, preparation and winnings. He also considers the personality of the "Modern" cowboy, his changing role and new outlook. Up to that time, Mahan was the highest money winner for a single year (1967) in rodeo history.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Larry Mahan

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 28, 1968

Location: None Given

Interviewer: Charles Townsend

Length: 55 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Biographical material, Rodeo work, Junior rodeo work, Grandparents’ biography, Father’s biography, Mother’s biography, Educational background, Work experience, First calf riding, First bull riding, RCA permit, 1963, 1963 winnings and events, Bronc riding school, 1963, Location, Experience of pupils, Tuition, Enrollment, Bronc school (Mahan’s), Enrollment, Length of school, Determining school to attend, Style, Value of school, Items taught, Personal style, Listing of rodeo riders, School stock source, 1964 winnings, Profit, Davis (?) winnings, 1965-66 winnings and rodeos, Early thought of winning world championship, Second place champion, 1967 events and winnings, Personal confidence and winnings, Value of championships.

Tape 1, Side 2: 1965 -National finals, 1966-All Around Championships, Events and winnings ($40,358), First big winning - $800, First four-figure winning – 1964, 1967 – Fort Worth and Montreal winnings, 1968 – Cheyenne winnings, European trip, Work week schedule, Flying to rodeos, Popularity of private planes cost, Value of working three events, 1967 – Amount of stock ridden, Attitude toward stock, Physical conditions, Injuries, 1967 Events and winnings, Breaking income record, Event preference, Timing bronc riding, Judging rides, Business investments, Future, Important aspects in rodeo riding, Drinking habits, Future of rodeo, Changes in cowboys, Mental attitude, Role of chance, Drawing good stock, Best bucking horse.

Range Dates: 1963-1968

Bulk Dates: 1963-1968

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