Cowboy Bill Picket

By Bunny Baker

One of the surest ways to get work in the days of the Wild West shows was to invent a new act. That’s how the career of Bill Picket, a black Choctaw cowboy from Texas, got started.

Pickett invented what became the rodeo event of bulldogging. His style, however, was different even by the standards of the times. As described by Zack Miller of the 101 Ranch in “The 101 Ranch” by Ellsworth Collings, Pickett “slid off a horse, hooked a steer with both hands on the horns, twisted its neck and sunk his teeth in the steer’s nostrils to bring him down.”

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