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The History of Trick Roping and the Wild West Show

August 9, 2014

The History of Trick Roping and the Wild West Show.  Speaker: Joan Wells

Wells uses the vanishing folk art of trick roping to bring the color and history of the Old West alive. South of the border in Old Mexico, the charros created rope spinning -making intricate flower designs with ropes. When Vincente Otopeza introduced this trick roping tradition to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1894, he gave American cowboys a different perspective on trick and fancy roping. Wells follows the evolution of trick roping through the heyday of Will Rogers and his affiliation with the Texas Jacks Wild West Show and the Ziegfeld Follies in the first decades of the 20th century.

Event Date:  August 9, 2014 - Time: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Joan Wells is a native Nebraskan and holds a B.A. in Physical Education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney with additional course work in Adult Education and Sports Studies. Joan has toured with her trick roping and western music for the National School Assemblies Agency of Hollywood, CA and won the title as Women’s World Champion Trick Roper at the Will Rogers Trick Roping Contest in Claremore, OK. In 1989 she was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth. Joan continues to perform for western theme events, conventions, schools, stage shows, and Wild West show re-enactments.

Funded grant program of Humanities Nebraska.  Humanities Nebraska is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C.

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Contact: Julie Ashton Phone: (402) 468-5740
Washington County Historical Museum
1400-1440 Monroe Street Fort Calhoun Quarry
Fort Calhoun, NE 68023
United States
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