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Arena Legacy: The Heritage of American Rodeo [Hardcover]

Richard C. Rattenbury , Larry Mahan , Ed Muno

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Oct. 29 2010 Western Legacies Series (Book 8)
From its roots in cowboy and vaquero culture to the big-business excitement of today's National Finals competitions, rodeo has embodied the rugged individualism and competitive spirit of the American West. Now the long trajectory of rodeo culture comes fully alive in Arena Legacy. Showcasing the unrivaled collections of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, this lavishly illustrated volume is the first to depict rodeo's material and graphic heritage.

Richard Rattenbury opens Arena Legacy with an engaging and richly illustrated history of rodeo, from its first recorded competition in Colorado in 1869, to its role in county fairs, cattlemen's conventions, and old settlers' reunions across the West, to its rise to national prominence between 1920 and 1960.

Following its historical overview, Arena Legacy features an extensive pictorial gallery of signature materials. A series of colorful portfolios reveals treasured artifacts from rodeo life, including costumes, trophies, buckles, and riding equipment. Here the reader will discover lavish artistry in leather and silver, flamboyant expression in western dress, and the interpretive work of both fine artists and commercial illustrators.

Certain to delight a diverse audience of rodeo aficionados, participants, collectors, and historians, this stunning volume is a fitting tribute to America's truly western sport.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (Oct. 29 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806140844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806140841
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 25.9 x 4.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 7 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #823,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I thought that I knew all there was to know about rodeo until I read Arena Legacy”—Larry Mahan

About the Author

Richard C. Rattenbury earned a B.A. degree in history from Texas Christian University and an M.A. in museum studies from Texas Tech University. Rattenbury formerly held curatorial positions with the Winchester Museum at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming, and with the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas. He has served as curator of history at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum since 1987 and is the author of Hunting the American West, The Art of American Arms Makers, and Packing Iron: Gunleather of the Frontier West. Richard resides with his wife, Suzette, in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Ed Muno is former Curator of Art at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and an object photographer of wide repute.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Book of Rodeo history and legacy July 9 2011
By J. M. Verbois - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book that describes how rodeo got it's start and all the people that helped. Great pictures of saddles, boots, spurs, and chaps from the past. Very enjoyable.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Informative March 8 2011
By sandra e. shropshire - Published on Amazon.com
What a true legacy of rodeo history in beautiful photography and text. Anyone who has had a connection with rodeos would get lost in this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be overlooked by any Western heritage library Feb. 13 2011
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Arena Legacy: The Heritage of American Rodeo is a pick for any collection strong in Western history and culture. The collections of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum contribute to a finely illustrated volume that's the first to capture rodeo's entire heritage. From its foundations to its modern features, this history is complimented by an extensive pictorial gallery of vintage and modern images packaged in an oversized presentation for maximum effect. It's a major achievement, not to be overlooked by any Western heritage library.
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL Jan. 5 2011
By Danielle Greene - Published on Amazon.com
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For Christmas we gave this book to our 97 year old dad who grew up in Texas and Oklahoma. He LOVES it! He was especially thrilled to find he had known many of the rodeo people who are featured in the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Father is very pleased Dec 30 2010
By D. Paul - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book as a request from my dad. He was pleased with the price compared to what he could find it for elsewhere. He has spent much of his time pouring over its content and photos!

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