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Let 'er Buck: Pendelton Round Up & Yakima Canutt

Posted on 18 September 2010

This week marks the 100 year anniversary for the prestigious Pendleton Rodeo.


One of world's top rodeos with attendance typically reaching 50,000, the Pendelton Round Up humbly began in a baseball field in Pendelton, Oregon and was touted as,
a frontier exhibition of picturesque pastimes, Indian and military spectacles, cowboy racing and bronco busting for the championship of the Northwest.
Well today, a hundred years later, it is every bit of that and more with over 750 contestants competing for nearly $400,000 in prize money.
In the early days, the excitement and unscripted showed thrilled spectators of all ages.  Both cowboys and cowgirls competed not on pre-arranged "cues",  but with a suspenseful "let'er buck" attitude.
It was at the 1914 Pendleton Round-Up where a rowdy bronc buster, Enos Edward Canutt,  first got his nickname.   A newspaper caption misidentified this daring crowd pleaser  as "Yakima" and the name stuck ever since.  Canutt quickly went on to become a four time World Champion, an actor, and an innovative Hollywood stuntman.  It is actually Yakima who saves Miss Scarlet O'Hara from the flames and burning ruins of Atlanta -  not Rhett Butler.
Here is a series of my favorite Hollywood western stunts of all time.  Watch Yakima in action, as he doubles for John Wayne in Stagecoach, leaping from a stagecoach onto runaway horses, deftly maneuvering them under control.    There's no sound but imagine galloping horses and a couple of gasps.

I know you are wondering where all of this "Yakima" is  going... well, I used this vintage Miller Bros. 101 Ranch show poster featuring Yakima to inspire Double D Ranch's aptly titled Out of Control Tee.
[caption id="attachment_5551" align="alignnone" width="575" caption="Yakima Canutt in the Miller Bros. 101 Ranch Show Poster"][/caption] .

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  • shmuela padnos: May 16, 2016

    gonna have to get one

  • Kaysie: May 16, 2016

    LOVE the tee!

  • Cheryl: May 16, 2016

    Are you coming to Cody? If so, let’s plan dinner.

  • Martina: May 16, 2016

    It just breaks my heart when I think of Pendleton Round Up’s Centennial. We were set to go, but I had something come up at work. I was sooo looking forward to going and taking in all the festivities ; ) … Oh well, next week has so much promise! Btw, absolutely love the shirt, definitely on my must have list!

  • Cheryl: May 16, 2016

    What a coincidence – I just came across some great pictures of Jackson Sundown in the new Pendelton Round Up at 100 book. He looks amazing in his woolies and yes – he will be great inspiration! Wonder if he has any family left?

  • Ryan Sankey: May 16, 2016

    Pendleton was a blast! Lots of cool stuff from the past. You should look into Jackson Sundown. He was a member of Chief Josephs band that survived and went on to win the bronc riding at the RoundUp at the age of 50. Lots of cool pictures of him around… sure you can find something for inspiration!

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