Special to Reflector-Chronicle
Duane Carson is the featured cowboy for the 2013 Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo buckle.
Carson is the fourth buckle in the fourth series, which began in 1989.
The Abilene, Kan. resident has been a tie-down roper since his youth in Hamilton, Kan. He team roped and tie-down roped in 4-H and high school rodeo, qualifying for and competing at the National High School Finals Rodeo all four years of his high school career.
Since graduation in 1981, he has worked at ranches and feedlots and now works as a horse shoer.
He has competed at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene for several years in both the tie-down and team roping, winning the Kansas Lottery Championship Series in 2010.
Duanes rodeo days have slowed down as he has gotten older. Its a fun thing to do anymore, he said. Its a hobby, not a were going to make money at this anymore, for me.
He is married to Angie, and has a daughter, age 25, a stepson, age 20, and a son, who is seven. The seven year old enjoys horses and riding, and may someday be interested in rodeo, Duane said. Hopefully itll grow on him in due time.
Buckles one through ten and number 500 will be auctioned off during the annual auction on Friday, August 2 at 6:30 pm. Other items will also be included in the auction. This years Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo is July 31-August 3.
For more information, visit the website at WildBillHickokRodeo.com or call the fair office at 785.263.4570.
1989 Bruce Miller, saddle bronc riding
1990 Cary Bryant, calf roping
1991 Jon Greenough, bareback riding
1992 Tracy Brunner, steer wrestling
1993 Donna Samples, barrel racing
1994 Paul Whitehair, bull riding
1995 50th anniversary of the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo
1996 Gerald Roberts, saddle bronc riding
1997 Phil Bryant, calf roping
1998 Mark Brunner, bareback riding
1999 Jim Janke, steer wrestling
2000 Guy Winters, Sr. and Guy Winters, Jr. team roping
2001 Stacy Krueger, barrel racing
2002 John McDonald, bull riding
2003 Steve Davis, bareback riding
2004 Ty Brant, calf roping
2005 Jared Roberts, saddle bronc riding
2006 Bob Pound, steer wrestling
2007 Scott Bankes and Billy Randle, team roping
2008 Shaleigh Smith, barrel racing
2009 Geff Dawson, bull riding
2010 Jerry Short, bareback riding
2011 Wayne Bailey, steer wrestling
2012 - Keegan Knox, saddle bronc riding
2013- Duane Carson, tie-down roping