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Wednesday, March 07, 1951

HOUSTON, Texas At the Fat Stock Show rodeo I got acquainted with the smallest real cowboy you ever saw. His name is Mike Shoulders and hes only 4 years old.

Mike has been riding ponies and horses since the age of 10 months, and lately hes been learning to ride bucking calves bareback. Believe me, a bucking calf if just as mean and hard to handle for a kid his size as a Brahma bull is for gorwn up cowboys.

Mike comes by all this naturally. His dad, Marvin Shoulders, is one of the top rodeo performers in the country. His mother, Norma is a star trick rider. It would suit young Mike just fine if the family kept traveling around to rodeos the rest of his life, but his folks have other plans.

Marvin, who wen to college and played football at Oklahoma A. & M., is 29 now and figures his bull-riding days are about over. Out of their salaries and prize money he and Norma have bought a 1500 acre cattle ranch in Oklahoma and this summer Marvin starts a new kind of work as a rodeo announcer.

Lots of kids might envy Mikes life now, but hes not going to enjoy it long. As soon as hes 6 I am going to quit riding, his mother told me. Were going to settle down and Mikes going to school just like other boys.

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In 1951, Hopalong Cassidy had a daily column that appeared in a number of newspapers across the country.  Sagebrush Entertainment, Inc. is pleased to share these columns with you and will present them on a weekly basis.

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