Spurring High, Wide, and Handsome
- Dimensions: 19"H x 13"W x 11"D
- Edition size: 40
- Additional information: sculpted in 1971, patinaed and
mounted on an irregular shaped beveled-edge black onyx and marble base*.
This sculpture by Earl W. Bascom, depicts a
professional rodeo contestant riding a rearing
bareback horse. Leaning back with one hand in the
rigging and the other in the air, the rodeo cowboy is
spurring in classic style, high and wide and in
perfect rhythm with the thrashing bronc. The horse is
branded with the C Cross ranch brand and was one of
the many famous Canadian rodeo horses owned by the
millionaire rancher and rodeo producer Ray Knight.
Ray Knight is known as the "father of Canadian rodeo."
The sculptor, Earl Bascom, who was a professional
bareback rider rodeoing for some 25 years, had worked
on Ray Knight's ranch and rode many of Knight's famous
bucking horses at various rodeos. Earl Bascom is best
known in rodeo history for designing and making
rodeo's first one-hand bareback rigging back in 1924,
making him known as the "Father of Modern-day Rodeo
Bareback Riding." Bascom's rigging revolutionized the
rodeo bareback riding event and is used at rodeo's
world-wide even today. For his rodeo achievements,
Bascom has been honored in several Halls of Fame in
the United States and Canada including the Cowboy
Memorial Museum in California.
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- * All bases can be custom ordered with marble, onyx, wood, granite, or combinations to meet order. Bases currently available are wood, onyx, marble (grey, green, and tan), and granite(black only). There is also available for order a layered base made of onyx between layers of marble.