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Histories of Organizations of Coleman County, Texas

The Coleman Rodeo Association
by Mrs. Harold Kinney, Tim Parrott and Marjorie Cox

From A History of Coleman County and Its People, 1985
edited by Judia and Ralph Terry, and Vena Bob Gates - used by permission

(Coleman Rodeo Association Officers and Queens updated and images added in 2009 by Ralph Terry)
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The Coleman Rodeo Association was formed to celebrate the Texas Centennial with 9 charter members:  Joe Hedleston, Hoyt Craig, Ernest Bridwell, Jim Bost, John Grammer, Andy Isham, Harold Kinney, B. B. Nunley and Sam Cobb.

Many other farmers, ranchers, and businessmen from all over the county contributed to the success of Coleman’s first rodeo. The rodeo became an annual event with the first rodeos being held on the Coleman High School football field.  As the rodeo grew in popularity and the rodeo club grew in numbers, the need for a bigger and better facility spurred the organization into action.

In 1947, what is now known as the Coleman Rodeo Association purchased a tract of land and built one of the best outdoor facilities in the southwest.  Annually, since 1948, the Coleman Rodeo Association has sponsored a Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association-approved rodeo.  Many of the top names among rodeo contestants, stock contractors, clowns, announcers, specialty acts, and personalities have appeared.  In 1936, the rodeo featured trick and fancy roping by Gus Newton, who had been with the Tom Mix Circus, besides matched calf roping between Juan Salinas and Ted Powers.  In 1937, Juan Salinas returned for matched roping against Tom Taylor.  They began street dances after the rodeos, using a six-piece orchestra.  In 1951, Wild Bill Elliot, Movie Star, was the specialty act.

There were a few other square dances on horseback, but none that performed at the speed of the Coleman Rodeo Association’s Mounted Quadrille during 1940 and 1941.  The Quadrille was made up of eight couples, sometimes separating to form two squares of four couples each to perform intricate maneuvers.  These maneuvers were given to the riders and the spectators alike in a singsong voice by the caller, Mr. Emmitt Miller of Coleman, Texas.  Besides being a necessary part of the Quadrille, the caller and music added to the excitement and enjoyment of the square dance on horseback.  The group was invited to perform at the Brady July Jubilee Rodeo, for the soldiers stationed at Camp Bowie, in Brownwood, and at the Santa Anna Rodeo.  One year, at the Coleman Rodeo, Quadrille members served as attendants at a wedding on horseback in the arena, witnessed by a crowd of five thousand people.

That group of nine which met in 1936 has grown into more than 100 members who take particular pride in 3 specific accomplishments: 1) The continuing production of a top quality professional rodeo. 2) The maintenance of an excellent facility used not only for rodeos, but also livestock and horse shows, 4-H training events, county fairs, and a meeting place for other county events. 3) The selection each year of the Coleman Rodeo Queen, a young lady to serve as the association’s goodwill ambassador for Coleman County.

images to be added:

1936 Rodeo—Sam T. Cobb, Billie Marie Miller and Frank Mills

1940 Rodeo Officers and Directors - S. T. Cobb, President; John Grammer, Director; Clyde Edens, Treasurer;
Dr. Jack M. Gordon, Vice-President; back row, C. R. Jeanes, Director; Perry Stobaugh, Director; B. B. Nunley,
Secretary; George Beck, Director and Arena Director; Raymond Shipman, Director.

Coleman Mounted Quadrille, 1940 - 41, Jim Bost, Harold Kinney, Patsy Morris, Millie Simmons, Ernest Bridwell, Rob O'Hair, Virginia Bridwell, Raye Stone, Mac Woodward, Hal Beck, Thelma Hubert, Margorie Beck, Johnny Cox, Rex Beck [in back], Faye Stone, and Hazel Scott.

Rodeo Grounds at Hufford Field

Rodeo Grounds built in 1947



Coleman Rodeo Association Presidents


1936-1940



 
 Sam T. Cobb

1940-1948



 
E. C. Edens
(I am looking for a better image of E. C. Edens)
(there was no rodeo from 1942-1944)

1948-1951




Sam T. Cobb

1951-1964




Rob O’Hair

1964-1965



 
Zeno Hemphill

1965-1968



 
Wade Hemphill

1968-1972



 
Weldon Davis

1972-1974



 
Bill Sneed

1974-1977



 
Jack B. Horne

1977-1981



 
Joe Pat Hemphill

1981-1983



 
Ted Taylor

1984-1986




Charlie Hemphill
 

1986-1987




Jay Davis

1988-1993




J. F. "Sandy" Neal
 
1994-1997




Tim Parrott

1997-1999



Brent McMillan

 2000-2002



Nick Taylor

2003-2004




Mark Swening

2005




Charles Wright

2006-2009




Ted Taylor

 

Coleman Rodeo Queens

(there was no rodeo queen for the 1936 Rodeo)

1936 and 1937
 
Billie Marie Miller,
now Mrs. Bill Miller
1938
 
Joe Morris,
now Mrs. Zeno Hemphill
1939

Marjorie Beck,
now Mrs. Johnny Cox
1940
 
Billie Marie Miller,
now Mrs. Bill Miller
1941
 

Faye Stone                                                                                  Raye Stone
now Mrs. Steve King                           and                                 now Mrs. Loyd King

(there was no rodeo from 1942 - 1944)

1945
 
Rosemary Beck,
now Mrs. R. L. Bland
 1946 and 1947, there was no queen
1948
 
Martha Joe Dodson,
now Mrs. Martha Griffis
 1949
 
Evelyn Bruce,
now Mrs. Jack Kingsbery
 1950
 
Ann Miller,
now Mrs. James Hargett
 1951
 
Sue Wilson,
now Mrs. Jimmy Hemphill
1952
 
Doris Stone,
now Mrs. Bud Watson
 1953
 
Patsy McKinley,
now Mrs. Lowie Rice
 1954
 
Carolyn Coker,
now Mrs. Bobby Rabon
 1954
 
Ann Taylor,
now Mrs. Lang Martin, Jr
 1955
 
Marlene Wilson,
now Mrs. Devon Hamilton
 1956
 
Nancy Hector,
now Mrs. Bill Alexander
 1957
 
Ruth Ann Hemphill,
now Mrs. Jerry K. Taylor
 1958
 
Kay Kingshery,
now Mrs. Frank Gray
 1959 and 1960
 
Becky Hemphill,
now Mrs. Dale Greaves
 1961
 
Kay Taylor,
now Mrs. Jarvis George
 1962
 
Beth Scott,
now Mrs. Johnny Kirby
 1963
 
Lynn Lawlis,
now Mrs. Curt Willey
 1964
 
Sara Sue Taylor,
now Mrs. Sara Sue Kirtley
 1965
 
Cheryl Beck,
now Mrs. Jim Roy Wells
 1966
 
Mary Lou "Doodie" Taylor,
now Mrs. Doodie Taylor Knox
1967
 
Cindy Beck,
now Mrs. James Maedgen
 1968
 
Ann Davis,
now Mrs. Jim Guess
 1969
 
Sue Kingsbery,
now Mrs. John Porter
1970, Sandra Hemphill, now Mrs. Dan Edington
1971, Connie Griffis, now Mrs. Ricky McKee
1972
 
Carol Kingsbery,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kingsbery
1973
 
Karen Wilson,
now Mrs. Billy Griffin
1974
 
Jamie Hemphill,
now Mrs. Jimmy Poole
1975
 
Sharon McCreary,
now Mrs. Bobby Lee
1976
 
Sheila Sneed,
now Mrs. Sheila Franke
1977
 
Tammy Rabon,
now Mrs. Gary Bowen
1978
 
Sue Ellen Sneed,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Sneed
1979
 
Janet Wilkinson,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Wilkinson
1980
 
Leslie Barr,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Barr
1981
 
Missy Duvall,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Duvall
1982
 
Sharon Sneed,
now Mrs. Richard Tongate
1983
 
Rosanne Rhone,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Rhone

1984



 
Jennifer (Jamison) Short

1985



 
Melissa Hargett

1986



 
Alissa (Flynn) Hohmann
1987
 


Kelli Neal

1988



 
Leigh Ann Alexander

1989



 
Allison Scott

1990

 


Michelle Edington

1991



 
Tish Taylor

1992

 


Lezlie Dodson

1993



 
Sujo McKee

1994



 
Kyra Neff

1995

 


Traci Hipp

1996



 
Tonya Hipp

1997



 
Marla Watson

1998



 
Holly Stephenson

1999



 
Melissa Rankin

2000



 
Keva Allen

2001




Brittni McMillan

2002



 
Kathleen Hargett

2003



 
Becca Birdwell

2004



 
Whitney McMillan

2005

 
 
Taylor Davis

2006


 
Lauren Evans

2007




Sarah Lofton

2008



Paige Barnett


2009




Audrey Casselberry



 
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