Stoker, J W Summer 1967 Summer

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Veteran trick roper J. W. Stoker discusses trick riding and roping, including many participants of that sport over the years.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: J.W. Stoker

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: Summer 1967

Location: Colorado

Interviewer: Charles Townsend

Length: 2 hours 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Beginning to ride, Pinky Barnes, trick rider and roping, Clyde Miller Wild West Show, Sisters also performed, Korean War—10th Special Service Co., Black light roping, First Black light performance (1953), Experiments with black light roping, World’s champion juvenile trick rider, Explanation of trick roping and trick riding, History of trick riding—Russian origin, Dick and Connie Griffith, Don Wilcox, Billy and Mary Keene, Leonard Stroud, Tad Lucas, Vivian White, Mary Keene (again), Changes in girls’ trick riding, Mitzi Lucas, Nancy Ray, Fay Blessing, Bernice Dossey, Connie Griffith, Learning tricks—importance of horse, Practicing, Horses—requirements.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Tape 2, Side 1: Expenses, Pay, Decline of trick riding, Future of trick riding, Number and types of tricks, Origin of trick roping, McGay ropes, Roping in Mexico, Chester Byars, Leonard Stroud, Types of ropes, Types of tricks, Black light roping, Billy and Mary Keene (again), Buff Brady, Other trick ropers, including Gray brothers.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Tape 3, Side 1: Types of tricks, Chester Byers "Father of trick roping in America", Other trick ropers, including Rex Rossi, Black light roping (again), Harry Knight — rodeo producer, Monte Montana, Gene McLaughlin, National Finals Contest — Cowboy Hall of Fame, Junior Eskew, Entrants in the contest.

Tape 3, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1950s-1967

Bulk Dates: 1950s-1967

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