At the Pendleton Roundup of 1951, there was no bull rid­ing and no clown, but there were lots of fast horse races and picturesque In­dian events, plus harum scarum stage coach and chuck wagon races the like of which one can view nowhere else this side of the Canadian line.

By JERRY ARMSTRONG, originally published in the  December 1951 issue of Western Horseman 

Choate Webster was the fair-haired boy and all around champion of this year’s Pendleton Roundup. This was the husky young Oklahoma cowboy’s third consecutive winning of the all around and the famed Sam Jackson trophy. So this time Choate was awarded the sterling silver trophy for keeps. The Sam Jackson was put up in 19 30, replacing the Roosevelt trophy which Bob Crosby had taken home at the conclusion of the 1928 Round­up. In the years between 1930 and 1948, four cowboys had chalked up double wins of the all around title and trophy, but it required three wins to gain permanent possession. Then Choate rode into the picture and he did it up fine, being the high point contestant in the Pendleton arena for 1949, ’50, and ’51. Here is one of the few non rough stock riders whose work in the arena consistently brought down the house. It was apparent from the start of the Roundup that the hopes of the spectators were on Choate ; he was their chosen champion and all the way they were pulling for him to win. When he did, they almost tore down the stands.

Choate Webster accepting trophy at Pendleton
Choate Webster receiving the Sam Jackson trophy as three time winner and permanent pos­sessor, at the Pendleton Roundup. Photos by Helfrich

Choate’s steer roping was especially sharp, consistent and ever on the spec­tacular side. On the opening day, he set a new Pendleton steer roping rec­ord of 17 flat. Previous Pendleton rec­ord was Ike Rude’s 1 7 .2, racked up by “the professor” back in 1931.

Buster Ivory riding a saddle bronc horse at Pendleton
In the third go-round, Bustor Ivory tied for second and third on Try Me.
Don Dewar falling off at Pendleton
Don Dewar, for long a high ranking hand at the Canadian shows, was thrown by Whiz Bang

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