Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rodeo Sweethearts.....

RODEO STARS OF YESTERYEAR - FRANK & BONNIE McCARROLL - The married rodeo partners, Frank and Bonnie McCarroll, were an extremely popular and successful pair during the 1910s and 1920s. Frank was known for his bulldogging abilities and Bonnie for her trick riding, steer riding, and saddle bronc riding prowess. Bonnie's death due to injuries sustained in a bronc riding wreck in 1929 at the Pendleton Round-Up was a significant event, a turning point for women in the rodeo. It marked the beginning of the end for cowgirl participation in rodeo. The women's bronc riding was scratched from Pendleton and by 1941 the event was banned from all major competitions including Madison Square Garden.

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