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 - 13, 1953 T I O N S ! suddenly big about Pete...
13, 1953 T I O N S ! suddenly big about Pete demons to Be Crowned as Champ Cowboy KISSIMMEE--An unassuming ] cowboy from Brighton--25-year-old | Pete Clemons--will be officially ] crowned Florida's champion eow- j boy of 1952 during the Silver Spurs ] Rodeo here February 20-22, ac- icording to announcement by The | Florida Cattleman and Livestock I Journal .which conducts the annual contest. Clemons won the award by scoring more points than any other I contestant at 18 Florida rodeos 1 held during 1952, Cattleman Edi- jtor Bob Cody said, demons' point = total of 1474 was nearly 600 points ^higher than his nearest competi- jtor, Chuck Dent of Ruidoso, New {Mexico. | A champion cowboy, Clemons | will receive a trophy from the j magazine, and will get his first | leg on the new $1000 saddle being j offered by Gary's Duck Inn of 1 Orlando for the cowboy who wins | the championship twice. · A- champion cowgirl is being se- jlected this year, and Mrs. Shirley | Reaves of Stuart will receive the i silver belt buckle being given by j Mr. and Mrs. Bud Mefford of Kis- jsimmee, as well ss a trophy from the Cattleman. Points for the award were based on performance in the cowgirls' cloverleaf barrel race at _ rodeos during the past year, and Mrs. Reaves amassed 152 points to beat Miss Joan Suhl of Kissimmee who scored 87. While this is the' first time that I Clemons has won undisputed pos- j session of the Florida champion- jship, he has been ranking contestant in Florida rodeos for over ten years. When only 14, Clemons won the fbull riding at the Arcadia Rodeo. JNext year he won it again, and I when he was 16 he won the all| round champion award there. His j father, Oscar Clemons, is a veteran rodeo producer and cattle- l man, owning a productive ranch I at Brighton and putting on the an- 'nual JayCee Rodeo at Lakeland each year. The new champ attributes much i of his success in the rodeo busi- I ness to Gracie Allen, a buckskin mare who has been his roping and dogging horse for seven- years now. At ten years old, she is "just in her prime," Clemons re- j ports. "I plan to use her until she is 18 or 20--and she -ought to | last that long if she has good care --and she's been getting the best." Ranch work andefamily tie have kept Clemons from competing expensively outside Florida. Year before last however,; he went to 'the Northwest, and last year he competed at rodecs through the Northeast for a while. He's a college graduate r holding a degree IH animal husbandry from the : --;,;« Univesity of Florida. The 1952 Champion Cowboy award was based on points received in one bronc riding event, in bull riding, in calf roping in bulldogging at Florida rodeos. Clemons also won the bull riding for the year, scoring 763 points, and placed third in bronc riding with 333. Following him in. the overall contest were: Chuck Dent of New Mexico (876); Vick Blackstone of Parrish (868); Jimmy Knowles of Miami (587); Gary Hopktns of Kissimmee (581); Harold Mills of Chiefland (493); Terry Calderon of Orlando (432); Scotty Bagnell of Arlee. Montana (410); Albert Barthle of San Antonio (372); Spike Bronson of Kissimmee (336). Blackstone won the year's Riding competition with 705 to Dent's 341 and demons' 333, while Knowles (348) and Hopkins (341) followed demons in the Bull Riding. Mills won the Calf Roping 393, followed by Calderon (432) and Barthle (302). Steve Heacock of Phoenix, Arizona, was high

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  1. The News Tribune,
  2. 13 Feb 1953, Fri,
  3. Page 22

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