COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs will be welcoming horses from the Harry Vold Rodeo Company this summer for the Rodeo Livestock Exhibit.
The horses are expected to arrive at the Hall of Fame on May 23. The exhibit will officially open to the public on May 24.
Kirsten Vold, the daughter of the late Harry Vold, a ProRodeo Hall of Fame stock contractor, is bringing Beaver Tail, her foal and Painted Fling.
Beaver Tail gave birth May 15 to a colt. With the baby on the property, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame will be running a “Name the Colt” contest with the museum guests this summer to name the newborn. Details of the contest will be released soon.
Beaver Tail has been bucked as a bareback and saddle bronc horse and bucked off several cowboys at large rodeos including Prescott, Ariz., and Cheyenne, Wyo. Beaver Tail’s first colt 6V Pillow Talk became a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bucking horse.
Painted Fling’s sire is Painted Valley, the 2010 PRCA Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year. Painted Fling will turn 5 years old in August and has never been bucked. His dam is a horse cloned from Spring Fling, owned by Don Hutsell, and a 2014 ProRodeo Hall of Fame inducted bucking horse. The cloned Spring Fling mare is owned by Milt Bradford.
“We are excited to have a mare, colt and stallion for this year’s Rodeo Livestock Exhibit,” said Kent Sturman, director of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy. “This is a different angle than the standard retired bucking horses we’ve had in the past, as these animals will allow us the opportunity to showcase the breeding side of the bucking stock industry and exhibit a future bucking horse.”
“Guests will learn about the importance of bloodlines and how breeding certain animals produces the best stock available. As an added educational piece, since Painted Fling is a product of a cloned mare, we can pass along some knowledge about cloning and how it is becoming a popular and important aspect of the bucking horse breeding programs of many stock contractors. We thank the Harry Vold Rodeo Company for supporting this exhibit and loaning us these animals for the summer.”