Curly, Toots, and Dick Griffith were Superstars at the largest western events in the early 1900s.
Toots Griffith began her career as a Bucking Steer Rider. She went on to become the World Champion, and newspapers of the time heralded her, The Worlds Smallest Champion Cowgirl. She competed in several other competitive events including ladies bronc riding and relay races. She likewise performed roman riding races, and trick and
fancy riding, with her husband and Dick.
Dick Griffith was exceptionally gifted from the start. Often referred to as the Rudolf Nuyrerev on horseback, Dick soon became the star of the family troupe. Trick Riding and Roman Riding along side his parents gave him the means to win the Trick Rider World Championship at the inconceivable age of nine years old. This feat was accomplished amidst the top riders of the time including all age groups.
industry he had grown up in. He started sharing a horse in exchange for help with the fine Tad Lucas, a Champion Cowgirl of the time. Dick had visions of entering the trick riding competition at the Ft. Worth Stock Show but upon arriving was told that it had become an exhibition act instead of a competition. With dashed hope for income, Dick
secured an assistant job riding for World Champion Trick Roper, Chester Byers Horse Catches. He also entered the Brahma bullriding, even though he hadnt been on any bucking stock since he was a child. He had to send a telegram to his grandparents
for permission as he was still only seventeen. Dick went on to win the Bull Riding Championship at Ft. Worth Stock, riding nine out of nine bulls. He often stated I was just too scared to fall off . With prize money and a new talent his performing and
competition career began anew.
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