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Will Rogers Range Riders was formed in the late 1930s just as the Panhandle was pulling out of seven years of drought, dust storms and depression. It was the first riding club organized in Amarillo. The group took their name from the American cowboy and humorist Will Rogers. Rogers was also a trick roper, actor, author and philosopher. The organization was actually chartered on May 19, 1941 and incorporated on May 19, 1946.

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Today

Will Rogers Range Riders currently has over 150 members. The organization operates an indoor arena, outdoor arena and horse boarding facilities. They host a variety of events including ropings, mounted shootings and trail rides. The largest of their events is their Rodeo and Reunion which is held over July 4th weekend. This event was recently sanctioned as a WRCA event.

The proceeds from this event benefit the Will Rogers Range Riders Foundation and the WRCA Foundation. Both of these organizations help fellow cowboys in times of crisis and also provide scholarships for the children of the members.

Will Rogers

William Penn Adair Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American stage and film actor, vaudeville performer, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator from Oklahoma. He was a Cherokee citizen born in the Cherokee NationIndian Territory.

Known as “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son”,[1] Rogers was born to a Cherokee family in Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma). As an entertainer and humorist, he traveled around the world three times, made 71 films (50 silent films and 21 “talkies”),[2] and wrote more than 4,000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns.[3]

By the mid-1930s Rogers was hugely popular in the United States, its leading political wit and the highest paid of Hollywood film stars. He died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post when their small airplane crashed in northern Alaska.[4]

Rogers’s vaudeville rope act led to success in the Ziegfeld Follies, which in turn led to the first of his many movie contracts. His 1920s syndicated newspaper column and his radio appearances increased his visibility and popularity. Rogers crusaded for aviation expansion and provided Americans with first-hand accounts of his world travels. His earthy anecdotes and folksy style allowed him to poke fun at gangsters, prohibition, politicians, government programs, and a host of other controversial topics in a way that found general acclaim from a national audience with no one offended. (Source www.wikipedia.com)

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