Tuesday, October 4, 2011

For John Milton, so he will quite whining and take the twitch off me.

Remember these boy's, John? Loud pinto's sure make a beautiful liberty act, in my opinion. Why do you suppose there have been so few down through the years?



They look like Bill Buschbom's owned, trained and presented act that replaced his palomino liberty act.

After Bill, they went from Johnny Cline to Ian Garden to Phil Anthony.

Looks like Phil in the photo.

So that nobody could put Bill's palomino act back together, he had his friend, Dittman Mitchell, sell EACH palomino, separately, in a different sale ring all around the country.

Wade G. Burck said...

I worked a number of shows with the act when Johnny and Milonga Cline had it, in my "early years." It was a beautiful act with beautiful horses. I recall the lead horse had lost an eye at some point(kicked by another horse), and Johnny had a "patch" made with a button sewed on it for him to wear in the show. It tied to the headstall and given he had a black face with just a nose blaze it wasn't noticeable at all. This was the act I "referenced" a few day's ago that John Herriott put a head to tail waltz on, that is still up in Canada someplace floating around, lost forever. :) Great story about Buschbom. Lou Regan had mentioned the same story to me years ago.


tanglefoot.. said...

They got alot of mileage out of those spotted horses. They originated with a dentist, Dr. Cooper of Wichita Ks. and were started in training by old time trainer-eques. director Fred Leonard.Bill bought them. I remember Bill's palominos and often wondered why he gave them up. Bill had eight in the spotted act and ten cut it to six. He once told me that no producer ever commented whether it was six or eight, so he just left it at that. Bill was a cowboy working for Joe Greer and when Greer hired Rudy Rudynoff to train him a twelve horse act Bushbom was the helper-groom. Rudy trained a great act, very popular on shrine-indoor circuses and when Greer redlighted Rudy after the act was trained [Rudy got too much scratch] it was turned over to Bill and the rest is history. Seems like Bill found his calling as all of his "liberty acts have been of high quality. He did some high school training as well. He wore full dress suit at one time for wardrobe, but he was never comfortable and prefared the cow boy style. Tanglefoot.

Wade; I never cared much for spotted horses for liberty and high school. they make good western style acts to be sure. Solid colors are my favorite in horses and the clothes I wear. Once Trolle Rhodin was asked what color horses did he like. He swaid, "is there any other color than white for circus horses. Like Henry Fords remark that his Model T came in any color as long as its black. Seems to me like spotted or appaloosa are not a good mix with tuxedor or full dress.

Wade G. Burck said...

John Milton,
That is great, great stuff. Thank you for sharing. I still think a loud pinto act is sharp. Like you I like all the same colored horse, and don't prefer, as an example half black, half grey, but I would like to see a nice all pinto act again.
If you promise not to bitch and moan about parade saddles anymore, and because you have been a good boy and share a lot of your "been there, done that" history with us, I am going to throw you a bone. Cut and paste,(ask Cindy, she can help you) this link


Then click "by subject" then look for "horses" and click that. Scroll down and you will find pictures of "Bushbom's 8 Palomino Liberty Horse act from Cassville, Wisconsin July 21, 1950"

Don't get all excited and knock your cocktail over on the keypad, or you won't be able to click around to the other links and enjoy some wonderful "old timey" memories. :)

Stay well, old hoss


Wade G. Burck said...

Addendum to the Col.,
I thought that getting "red lighted" deal because you were paid too much was a new phenomena, but I guess it has been around for quite some time. :)