Dightman, Myrtis

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Name
Dightman, Myrtis Gender: M
Myrtis Dee Dightman
born on 17 April 1935 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Houston, Texas, 29n46, 95w22
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 26°43' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 12°45 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 03°30'



Biography

Afro-American champion rodeo bull rider during the 1960s and 1970s. He is considered to be the Jackie Robinson of modern American Rodeo. Dightman started his career as a bull fighter then soon switched to riding bulls. He was the first black cowboy to compete at the National Finals Rodeo. In 1967 and 1968 he finished 3rd in the PRCA World Standings. In 1971 he won the Calgary Stampede. In 1972 he was hired to do stunts for the rodeo movie J.W. Coop. He was a big influence on Charles Sampson. In 2001 he was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in Belton. In 2003 he was inducted into the National Cowboys of Color Museum and Hall of Fame. Also in 2003 the PBR inducted him into the Ring of Honor. In October 2006 a benefit concert featuring Michael Martin Murphey, and Don Edwards, was held to raise funds for a bronze statue in his honor. It was placed at the entrance of the Porth Ag Arena in Crockett, Texas. This rodeo arena hosts the annual Labor Day Rodeo that bears his name.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Work : Prize 2001 (Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame)
  • Work : Prize 2003 (National Cowboys of Color Museum and Hall of Fame)

Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand, submitted by Sy Scholfield.

Categories

  • Traits : Body : Race (Black)
  • Vocation : Sports : Bullfighting
  • Vocation : Sports : Other Sports (Rodeo bull rider)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Texas Rodeo Cowboy)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (National Cowboys of Color Museum and Hall of Fame)
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship