The Cowboys’ Turtle Association

By Gail Hughbanks Woener

The 75th anniversary of the very first competitive cowboy organization is being celebrated this year. Their President, Everett Bowman, said they named the fledgling group The Cowboys’ Turtle Association because like the slow-moving turtle, they were slow to organize, but when they decided what needed to be changed in rodeo, they worked for it like the turtle does when he grabs something and won’t let go.

The book tells of earlier attempts to improve rodeo conditions for the cowboy, how they had failed, and what led to the 1936 strike in Boston. The cowboys had many ideas about improving rodeos, but the two most important issues they asked for were that their entry fees be added to the prize money and that more qualified judges be hired to judge all events.


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