Just the facts....
"In 1905, Pickett joined the Wild West Show
that featured Buffalo Bill and Will Rogers
where he was dubbed the "Dusty Demon..“
A Black cowboy named Bill Pickett was discovered, while working on a cattle ranch, where he created “bulldogging”. (Bulldogging is when a cowboy, riding his horse at full gallop, leaps onto the back of a steer and wrestles him down by his horns.) Since then, “Bulldogging” has become one of the most common rodeo events in all major rodeos.
The “Cowboy Mystique” has a strong influence in all of our lives, beginning from childhood and continuing throughout adulthood. Rodeos exemplify this influence as an important part of the American culture. Black cowboys have always been an integral part of the history of the American West from the earliest rodeos to the present.
To the delight of thrilled audiences and rodeo fans, some of the nation’s most skilled and entertaining Black cowboys and cowgirls will continue to ride into cities across the country to compete in the nation’s only touring Black rodeo competition—the thrilling Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (BPIR).
In each city, dust will fly as spectators cheer for their favorite competitors during thrilling Calf Ropin’, exhilarating Bareback Ridin’, Bull Doggin, Ladies Barrel Racin’, Junior Barrel Racin’, Ladies Steer Undercoatin’, and gripping Bull Ridin.’