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Manitoba Free Press, 17 Jun 1913

A wiry little light yellow "bronc" of the "outlaw" class, as far as horse flesh is concerned, finally saddled and bridled, entailing infinite trouble, and then ridden, bucking stiff-legged and any other way by which to throw the animal's rider, was the centre of interest at Arlington and Beckmann's Okalhoma Ranch Wild West performance yesterday afternoon at Happyland. The pony was ridden by Otto Kline, the winner of the championship belt for trick riding at the Calgary stampede last year. That Kline is a "classy" rider is absolutely beyond dispute. He rides a bucking horse with as much sang froid as the average citizen would exhibit in sitting down to a cup of tea. Otto rode that "bronc" yesterday, and stuck on like a flea to a dog's back. The pony finally made a dash for the ropes at the side of the arena, becoming tangled up in them and falling, but Kline saved himself by clutching a guy rope and lifting himself out of the saddle into the air. The act made a great hit with the audience, and the modest young man was applauded again and again. Kline will be at the Winnipeg Stampede to defend his title against all comes. His exhibition of trick riding yesterday was one of the big features of the show.

Very little behind him, however, was the dual act of a young lad appearing to be not over 16 years of age. There were two of these "outlaw" horses, brought in which it was announced, had been forwarded to the show for this occasion, and had never been ridden by any of "the bunch" before. The lad who rode with Kline was given a wiry little grey which was saddled with much difficulty. After the horse had been mounted and the animal found that its rider stuck to it like a leech, it suddenly, and without warning, fell to the ground. The rider was alert to every movement, however, and though he went down with the horse, he managed to exxtricate himself from the saddle in such a way that he was absolutely unhurt. He mounted the "bronc" again and rode the horse successfully around the ring, accompanied by much cheering on the part of the audience.

Col. Zack Mulhall, on whose ranch most of the material of the Wild West show was gathered, acted as mater of ceremonies of the whole performance. On his superb mount, and rather of the style of Buffalo Bill, Col. Zack's appearance was given an enthusiastic reception whenever he chose to enter the arena.

Miss Lucille Mulhall, daughter of the rancher, gave an exhibition on her High School horse. The animal is excellently trained, and was put through many fancy steps and movements essentially new to circuses and the like. The horse performed a "pivot" with its forelegs, moving but its hindquarters, and as a conclusion to the act walked with its foreknees touching the ground.

Homer Wilson, who roped four horses coming from opposite directions at once, and concluded his act by lassoing the whole eight of them, driven in one direction, also made a hit with the audience. It is probably that his act is not duplicated anywhere else.

Two stripped automobiles, driven by expert cauffeurs, in which two cowboys stood on the running boards and played polo with a big rubber ball, was a novelty introduced which proved thrilling. The machines "chugged" over the rough field at a rapid rate, threatened to either turn turtle or throw their cowboy occupant at any moment.

Several Sioux Indians from South Dakota and Cheyennes from Oklahoma, headed by Chief Eagle Head, entertained with their various dances, embodying war and feast dances, and also the snake and ghost dance.

An old stage coach, the relic of early pioneer days in the west, a "prairie schooner" attacked by Indians, and an exemplification of the fast "pony express," all with a numerous accompaniment of cowboys and cowgirls, go to make up a first-class Wild West show. The entertainment will remain in Winnipeg over today.

Big Crowds in the Evening
Enthusiasm ran riot at the Oklahoma Ranch Wild West show on the Happyland grounds last night, tot he extent that for the first time in the history of big tent shows it was absolutely necessary to give two full and complete performances in one evening.

Never in the history of the Barnum and Bailey, Ringling Bros., Buffalo Bill, Sells Floto, or 101 Ranch real live west shows has this been necessary, but last night at 7:45 the big tent was packed and jammed to its utmost capacity, although the show does not usually begin until 8:30.

Thousands were clamoring for admission, and it was announced that the show would be given at once and another full performance given at 9:30.

Cheers greeted this announcement and the Wild West enthusists waited patiently. Not a single moment of the performance was omitted or slighted, and the big crowd was highly pleased.

The waiting thousands poured like an irresistible torrent into the places vacated, and so the second show of the night came to be given.

This morning another street parade will be given over the following route: Leave Happyland show grounds on Portage avenue at 10 a.m., and proceed east on Portage to Spence, to Ellice, to Hargrave, to Portage, to Main, to Higgins, to Princess, to Notre Dame, to Sherbrooke, to Portage, out Portage to the Happyland show grounds.

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