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The Stockyards Museum is located in the Live Stock Exchange Building.  

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Downunder Horsemanship
Stephenville, Texas
“In 2001, he became the first clinician to create a made-for-TV horse training program that aired on RFD-TV. The use of untrained horses and a variety of topics covering common problems faced by horse owners quickly made Downunder Horsemanship the network’s number one equine program. In 2011, Clinton launched a half-hour version of Downunder Horsemanship on Fox Sports Net, a national broadcast station that reaches 80 million viewers. Later that year, he created and released DownunderHorsemanship.TV, an internet TV site that gives horse owners around the world free access to the Downunder Horsemanship television show.” 

“In 2003 and 2005, Clinton faced the country’s best horse trainers and clinicians in the prestigious Road to the Horse, an event that challenges trainers to gentle and ride an untouched horse in less than three hours. Clinton became the first person to win the event twice in a row.”

“In 2007, Clinton created the No Worries Club, a community for horsemen who practice the Method. Through a website, exclusive DVDs, a quarterly publication and nationwide events, Clinton inspires and educates his most loyal followers so they can accomplish their horsemanship dreams.”
“In addition to being a clinician, Clinton breeds, trains and shows his own reining and cow horses. He currently competes and wins at the highest levels of competition.”
The Online Poolville Post is extremely pleased to have Downunder Horsemanship and Clinton Anderson on its pages. As the name suggests, Clinton is from Australia. While there, he apprenticed with Gorden McKinlay, a horseman and horse clinician. After a three year apprenticeship he began working with Ian Francis for a year until opening his own facility in Rockhampton, Queensland. In 1996 Clinton served a brief apprenticeship with Al Dunning in the U.S. In late 1997, Clinton moved to Texas and began Downunder Horsemanship.
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Clinton Anderson
“Today, Clinton continues to instruct horsemanship clinics, presents Walkabout Tours across the country, produces a television show, hosts an Internet TV website and is constantly creating comprehensive study kits and training tools to make learning horsemanship as accessible and easy as possible. Clinton and Downunder Horsemanship are recognized as world leaders in the equestrian industry and continue to offer the very best in innovation, inspiration and instruction.”

“The Downunder Horsemanship Ranch is a world-class training facility located in Stephenville. Every feature of the ranch was custom designed by Clinton with the goal of giving horses the best care possible and ensuring he had the finest facilities to bring out a horse’s full potential. The 250-acre property is meticulously groomed and cared for, and is a horseman’s paradise. From the barns and arenas to the wash racks and saddling bays, the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch is equipped with every amenity a serious horseman could hope for.”
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The Online Poolville Post is looking for local authors and writers who would be willing to contribute articles. I am working on several leads, but there is plenty of space.  Please contact me at editor@poolvillepost.com if you are interested.  
Every Monday David Sawyer "The Guy With The Guitar" hand writes a verse of scripture and sets it to music.  
The message is always inspiring and the music is always impressive
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Olde West History
And that's how it was in the olde wooly west.
Voices From The Past 
~ Forties Flashback~
These dates and text are taken from a now deleted website called "Lonesome Dove."
In 1941, a commercial for Lava was heard at the closing of a VIC & SADE broadcast. The subject of the commercial was an invitation by Procter & Gamble to the radio listeners to write a letter to the company on their experiences of washing their hands with Lava. In finishing off the commercial, the announcer said Lava cleaned extra dirty hands in only 20 seconds.

  The following year, it took from 20-50 seconds--- and the year after that, it was from 30-50 seconds. No, Lava wasn't slowing down with age, because it would take from 30-50 seconds to wash the hands clean for the remainder of radio's golden age.
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Horses That Nip and Nibble
By Clinton Anderson

When a horse gets mouthy – he nips or nibbles shirt sleeves, jackets or the lead rope – the behavior is often brushed aside. This is especially true with young horses, the most likely culprits of this behavior. A foal mouthing your shirt sleeve doesn’t seem like a big deal; in fact, a lot of people think it’s kind of cute. But the problem with this behavior is that if uncorrected it often turns into biting – a very dangerous vice. 

The most effective correction you can do with a horse is to make him move his feet. Horses are basically lazy creatures that would rather stand around in the pasture daydreaming of their next meal than move their feet and work up a sweat. They’ll always choose the option with the least amount of work involved.

So if you’re standing next to your horse and he starts to lip your shirt, put his feet to work. Back him up, lunge him in a circle, sidepass him – anything you can think of to make him hustle his feet. Put his feet to work for five minutes, and then go back to what you were doing with him before he got mouthy. Act like it didn’t even happen. If he tries to mouth you again, you’ll make the same correction.

He can’t mouth on you and move his feet at the same time, especially if you make him hustle with energy and do a lot of changes of direction. If you’re consistent with this correction, it won’t take many repetitions for the horse to connect the two together: When he gets mouthy, he has to move his feet and sweat.

One of the most effective ways to stop a mouthy horse, and a horses that bites, is to back him up. Backing is a very humbling exercise for a horse to do. When a horse gets mouthy or tries to bite, it’s a very forward action – he’s invading your space and coming to get you. When you back him up, it’s the opposite – he’s being submissive to you by moving out of your space. 
Photo Credit: Darrell Dodds

“Spring! The very word is a chime of hope. Something that has been captive deep down beneath the frozen soil begins to soften and flow. The immemorial produce of the good earth is ready for its push.
What seemingly has been dead is about to be reborn. The sap of life begins to rise.
There, robin! Ah, crocus! Stream, how silent you have been! Earth, you smell of the mystery of life! Leaf, you are tender as angel skin.

All over again, but as if for the first time, spring is born out of a winter that had it locked in its deep breast. During the long months when the bare branches set up their saber rattle, down there beneath the hard black soil, the human heart sank, too, and the human heart itself felt hard and black.

A war-ridden winter has likewise embalmed the springtime of men’s hearts.
If winter comes, can spring be far behind?

Perhaps. But sooner or later, with the impeccable rhythm of the Cycle, lo, in a burst of apples blossoms and tasting sunshine, suddenly it is spring again. So sure, so true, so blue-and-gold, so warming to the heart of man.

Sons and daughters of sons and daughters, bear in your tired minds and in your sore and hurting hearts the immortality of good. War and disillusionment, fear and pain, hunger and worse rage about us; but rebirth is the law of life. By virtue of that law, it is our right to dare hope that, beyond this winter of our discontent, lies the renascence of human decencies, the release of frozen founts of man’s humanity to man.

The Prince of Darkness has always waged a losing fight. His victories have been brief. His successful adversary is the Light, toward which animal, plant, and human life turns gratefully in the end.
Somewhere beneath the frozen, hating surface of our human scene, the forces of the awakening of spring must surely be at work in men’s hearts.

Winter cannot go on indefinitely unless the earth is to perish. Hearts cannot live beneath such oppressive soils as hatred, bloodshed, intolerance, injustice, slavery – and survive. They will break through the bonds of winter ice.

The good earth is still ours, and the good sun and the dance of blossoms and the beautiful sounds of birds. The glaze on a leaf is still a thing of beauty, the tastes and smells of berries, the color and shape of  moonlight on water, and the rearing motion of a wave.

In such a world, can the springtime of men’s hearts be far behind? Passionately we need to think and believe no, no, no!

It will be spring again. After this frigid winter of pain and death, suffering and blitzkrieg, machine gun and hunger, intolerance and hate, the thaws of peace lie ahead, and living soil of the submerged human spirit will expand and give flower to those qualities which can make man sublime.

It will be spring again! Housewives shake out their rugs, set out their bulbs, and strip off their children’s long underwear. The youngsters dash outdoors to meet the coming awake of the world. Preparation for new life is at hand. Plows turn the earth and make it ready for the sowing. Preparation for life!

Look about. Out of last winter when streams were icebound, trees naked, soil bare as your palm, the lilac bush a skeleton, comes once more the spring dance.

Man is a part of that divine Cycle. He will struggle through to the Light. Already the pale stars of a waning night seem expectant.

Dawn lies ahead."

In this short essay titled "Cycle," which appeared in the May, 1941 edition of Better Homes and Gardens, noted twentieth century author Fannie Hurst speaks to the cycles of nature, the end of  suffering and the hope for the coming of spring. There are a number of references to WWII which may seem out of place in today’s society, but it must be remember that this was written three year’s into a war that would last another four years.
Waynetta hails from Pawhuska and Bartlesville, Okla., moving to Texas after she graduated from college. Since childhood, the horse has been her favorite animal. Her Lucky Me Ranch near the Red River is residence for a variety of critters. Waynetta’s love of nature and the West is the foundation for her stories. Waynetta is a past Storyteller in residence at Texas A & M University, and broadcasts weekly radio shows of Cowboy music, cowboy poetry and stories in Sherman/Denison on KJIM/1500 AM/101.3FM. She has had radio shows broadcast out of Mesquite, Texas, as well as Ada, Oklahoma, and on Clear Channel Radio in Oklahoma City. Waynetta also has had a 24/7 internet broadcast on Live365. During these broadcasts, Waynetta combines tales from the Old West with insights from her life on the Lucky Me Ranch. Waynetta sprinkles interviews with interesting guests of the West, everyday cowboys as well as Western celebrities.  

Monty Henson, sometimes known as Hawkeye Henson (born October 1953), is a three-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion saddle bronc rider.

He was born in Farmersville near Dallas, Texas. He grew up with childhood friend Don Gay. Monty competed in many events as a boy and quickly became a fan favorite. During his rodeo career he won 3 world titles in 1975, 1976, and again in 1982. He won the average at the NFR 4 times. He won or placed at almost every major rodeo in the country. He has been around the world, Rodeoing as well going to rodeos in Europe and Japan.

Known for his flying dismount and infamous eagle feather in his hat, Hawkeye's style and ability have been compared to those of the legendary Casey Tibbs. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 14 times. Henson was quoted as saying, “I’m a cowboy. That’s the best thing anybody could say about me. If I could have that on my tombstone – Here lies Hawkeye, a cowboy – then I can die a happy man.”

In 1994, he was inducted in the Prorodeo Hall of Fame. In 2003 he was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in Belton, the seat of Bell County in central Texas.

In 2002, Hawkeye was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame located in the Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth. Inducted for his rodeo accomplishments, the museum features many of his personal items used during his illustrious rodeo career. These items can only be seen at the museum.

He has appeared in numerous television programs and films. In 2004, he was cast as Hawkeye in four episodes of the HBO series Deadwood alongside Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, and Molly Parker. He is also a Country music entertainer. He also still promotes several rodeos across the country.

Monty "Hawkeye" Henson
Waynetta : What got you started in rodeo?

Monty: Donnie Gay and I are the same age; we’re a month and 4 days apart. We played baseball on the same team when we were seven. Donnie and I didn’t go to school together until 7th grade and then went through high school together. I started riding steers when I was eight, graduated to bulls when I was thirteen, bareback horses when I was fourteen, and broncs by the time I was sixteen. I went ahead and kept riding bulls and broncs, both, till I was about twenty-eight or twenty-nine , when I quit riding bulls. I broke my neck in ’91 on the last bronc I got on; I won first, but I didn’t get off very good. I was thirty-six years old, so it was time to do something else, too. I still do some PR for some rodeos during the year, play some music; still do rodeo schools and, with the acting thing a little bit, it’s a nice versatile way of living. I just wish there could be some money involved. 

Waynetta: So you’re a Mesquite boy?

Monty: Yes, I was raised in the Dallas area, but I like the Ft. Worth side a lot better; they are way more into the history of things.

Waynetta: What five words would describe you?

Monty: I always said that when I die, on my tombstone if they would put, “He was a good hand,” that would mean a lot to me.

Waynetta: Tell me about your feather that you wear in your hat.

Monty: When I was fourteen years old a guy in Mesquite gave me a feather, a hawk feather, and he said if you put this in your hat it will be like a rudder; it will keep you going straight. So I started wearin a feather.  

 Waynetta: You’ve had some interesting experiences; what’s one that means a lot to you?

Monty: In 1990 I went to Helsinki Finland; it was right at the end of my rodeo career. I met a Northern Cheyenne Indian named Phillip Whiteman. He’s a world champion bronc rider in the Indian Assoc., and also grass dancer for the Northern Cheyenne. Well, he asked me to do a school and made me an adopted brother to the Northern Cheyenne.

Monty said that spending time with the Northern Cheyenne people changed his life, broadened his outlook on things.

Another feather in his cap, so to speak, was in 1994 he was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado. 

Monty is passionate about the cowboy way of life, Texas history and history in general. When I asked him about being a cowboy, a working cowboy he said, “Used to be you were a cowboy cause you wanted to be not cause you had to be and you quit cause you had to and not cause you wanted to. If you’re looking for monetary gains you would never look at that part of the cowboy world.”

Playing music, singing, and telling witty stories at various cowboy gatherings and various functions makes him a sought after entertainer. Monty Hawkeye Henson has some stories to tell; a lot of them are funny and some are even true.

Interview With Monty Henson
by Waynetta Ausmus
I met Monty Hawkeye Henson at a Dean Smith Celebrity Rodeo and got the opportunity to talk with him.  

Waynetta: Tell us about your career in rodeo.

Monty: I was the lucky one and went to the finals 14 times , won the world championship 3 times and won the NFR 4 times. I was really blessed as far as that goes. Then I got real fortunate and in 2002 started working on the HBO series Deadwood
May 1

1852- Princeton, Missouri- Martha Jane Canary, AKA Calamity Jane, was born. She served as a muleskinner for the Army and in 1893 joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. She “married” Wild Bill Hickok in 1870, at least that's what was written on the flyleaf of a bible. She was buried next to Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood South Dakota.

1878- Texas- Jim Murphy and his father are arrested for harboring the Sam Bass Gang. Jim cuts a deal with Texas Ranger Major John B. Jones, in which Murphy pretends to join the gang and tell the law where they are hiding out. Sam Bass was suspicious but was talked out of killing Jim Murphy by Frank Jackson.

May 3

1859- Texas- Andy Adams, cowboy and author of The Log of a Cowboy was born. From early youth he helped his two brothers with cattle and horses on their father's farm. Adams traveled to Texas in the early 1880s and remained there for ten years, eight of which he spent in trail driving. He had become a foreman before he left the trail in 1890. After that he remained in Texas two more years, during which he was a partner in an unsuccessful mercantile venture in Rockport. In 1892 he drifted to gold-mining camps in Colorado and Nevada and in 1894 moved to Colorado Springs, where he lived until his death September 26, 1935

May 7

1870- Texas- 9th Cavalry Sergeant Emanuel Stance led an attack against the Kickapoo capturing horses and defending a small wagon train. He later received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic service, the first of the "buffalo soldiers" to be so honored. Congress awarded a total of 18 Medals of Honor to black soldiers who served during the Indian wars.

May 8

1846- Palo Alto, Texas- the first major battle of the Mexican War was fought resulting in victory for General Zachary Taylor's forces.

May 11

1941- Jane Hickok McCormick, 68, claims that she is the daughter of Wild Bill Hickok and Calmity Jane.

May 12

1858- Texas- a force of 200 Texas Rangers and Tonkawa Indians attack Renegade Comanche chief Iron Shirt and his camp of 65 lodges. Iron Shirt was killed in this battle on the Canadian in the Texas Panhandle. Tonkawa Indian Jim Pockmark was credited with firing the shot that killed Iron Shirt. Iron Shirt got his name because he went into battle protected by a suit of Spanish torso armor.

1865- Palmito Ranch, Texas - the last land battle of the Civil war. It is a Confederate victory.

May 13

1865- White's Ranch, Texas- Sergeant Crocker of an all-black Union unit dies and is the last recorded death of the Civil War

May 18

1871- Salt Creek, Texas- the “Warren Massacre” takes place when a mixed band of 150 Kiowa and Comanche lead by Satanta attacked a ten-unit wagon train that was freighting grain from Weatherford to Fort Griffin. The wagon master, Nathan Long corralled the wagon that offered enough resistance to allow five of his men to escape, Long and six of his teamsters were killed and mutilated. Two Indians were known to have been killed in the fight.

May 20

1874-Levi Strauss begins marketing blue jeans with copper rivets

May 22

1861-Texas- during the Cortina War Santos Benavides and a force of about 40 volunteers attack the Cortinistas near Laredo. Seven bandits are killed, 15 are wounded, and 11 are captured and executed on the spot. Governor Clark later rewards Benavides with an engraved pistol.

May 23

1882- Texas- convicted murderer Jesse Evans of Lincoln County War fame escapes while on a prison work exchange program and is never heard from again

1853- Bonham, Texas - gunman John Wesley Hardin was born.

1874-Comanche, Texas- the town held horse races in honor of John Wesley Hardin, who was celebrating his twenty-first birthday. The local sheriff, John Karnes, was one of the few Texas sheriffs who held no warrants for Hardin's arrest. Karnes liked Hardin and often played cards with the gunfighter in one of Comanche's six roaring saloons. On that day, however, Comanche County Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb rode into town, intent upon arresting or gunning down Hardin. He made no show of doing so. In fact, he pretended he did not even know Hardin. Hardin, on the other hand, had been warned that Webb intended to arrest him. Webb tried to shoot Hardin in a saloon with Hardin's back turned. At that moment one of Hardin's friends, Bud Dixon, shouted to Hardin: "Look out!" Hardin whirled about, cross-drawing his six-guns as he turned, and fired as he faced Webb, whose gun had just cleared the holster. Webb's bullet was fired after Hardin's guns roared. It struck Hardin in the side, but the gunfighter sent a bullet into the sheriff's head.

May 29

1861- Texas- feared Indian fighter Henry Robinson, AKA Great Red Beard, and his daughter's fiancé are attacked, scalped and killed by about 20 Indians while on their way to Chalk Bluff. The Indians even took Henry's red beard.

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