Saturday, April 28, 2012
This event used to be called bulldogging, but it's now called steer wrestling. It was invented by a black cowboy, Bill Pickett, in the 1890s when he was chasing a steer to brand, but had no rope. Later Bill Pickett was a star with the Miller's Wild West Show and worked breaking horses on Millers' 101 Ranch in Oklahoma. The U.S. Post Office issued a stamp in 1994 to honor Bill Pickett, but mistakenly showed one of his brothers. There still is a Miller Circus. This is an event for the large, strong cowboys.