Speaker's Bureau: Horses that Buck: Margo Kahn
Posted by Beth Oswald (+278) 13 years ago
The Miles City Speaker's Bureau will host two presentations of Margot Kahn's book "Horses That Buck: The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith" on Tuesday, October 28th. The first talk will be at a brown-bag lunch gathering at noon at Miles Community College in library. The second presentation will be at 7pm at the Miles City Public Library. Both events are free to the public and books will be available for sale.

When asked in an interview what he most liked about rodeo, three-time world champion saddle-bronc rider "Cody" Bill Smith said simply, "Horses that buck." Smith redefined the image of America's iconic cowboy. Determined as a boy to escape a miner's life in Montana, he fantasized about a life in rodeo and went on to earn thirteen trips to the national finals, becoming one of the greatest of all riders.

This biography puts readers in the saddle to experience the life of a champion rider in his quest for the gold buckle. Drawing on interviews with Smith and his family and friends, author Margot Kahn recreates the days in the late 1960s and early 1970s when rodeo first became a major sports enterprise. She captures the realities of that world: winning enough money to get to the next competition, and competing even when in pain. She also tells how, in his career's second phase, Smith married cowgirl Carole O'Rourke and went into business raising horses, gaining notoriety for his gentle hand with animals and winning acclaim for his and Carole's Circle 7 brand.

Inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1979 and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2000, Smith was a legend in his own time. His story is a genuine slice of rodeo life - a life of magic for those good enough to win. This book will delight rodeo and cowboy enthusiasts alike.

Margot Kahn spent seven years attending rodeos and interviewing and riding with Bill and Carole Smith at their ranch near Thermopolis, Wyoming. She is a graduate of Bates College and Columbia University's MFA program in nonfiction, and was the recipient of the Ohioana Library Association's Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant for a promising young writer in 2005. She lives in Seattle.

This program is sponsored by the Miles City Speaker's Bureau including the Custer County Art & Heritage Center, Miles City Public Library and Miles Community College with contributions from American Association of University Women of Miles City. For more information, please call the Art Center at 234-0635.

[This message has been edited by Beth Oswald (edited 10/27/2008).]
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Posted by Beth Oswald (+278) 13 years ago
This is scheduled for tomorrow.
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Posted by MRH (+1505) 13 years ago
Hi,

This was a very nice program. It is a good story about a successful saddle bronc rider. Too bad so few people attended at either time.
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Posted by Wilbur Cain (+157) 13 years ago
The cow capital of the world should have had a large group to hear the story of Bronc Rider Bill Smith. The librarys are great places when you want quiet or to find some reading material. I think if you want to get a good crowd for an event that caters to the rodeo crowd you need a more cowboy type of setting. How about next time you locate to the Range Rider's Musem side room, the back of the 600, or the side of the Bison? Put on a little slide show of Bill Smith riding the Broncs and you'll sell out.
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Posted by Beth Oswald (+278) 13 years ago
Unfortunately, due to the author's schedule we were not able to book her until a week before she could present for Speaker's Bureau. Our numbers always vary at the various presentations and the presenters are aware of that. Many tell me that they have crowds less than five and they feel like that is five more that are interested in the topic. I know that at noon we did have more than five attend but I think that the short notice had something to do with it.
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