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#ThrowbackThursday: Trick Rider and 'Dude Clown' Earl Hayner 1920's

(Cody, Wyo.) - In honor of last night's opening day of the Cody Nite Rodeo Park County Archives, along with Basin Reboot, would like to honor the memory of trick rider & “dude clown” Earl Hayner. We thank our Park County Archives, especially Brian Beauvais, for making these #throwbacks possible. The Archives have provided us with unique photos of historic Park County through its history, and we love being able to share them with the community! Beauvais said of the photos: "Born & raised in Iowa, Hayner later moved out West & resided in Cody for 40 years until his death in 1959. Although he spent most of his time tending to vacationers on his dude ranches, Hayner really made a name for himself in the 1920’s with his trick riding & work as a rodeo clown. Hayner took a great deal of physical abuse during his time riding & clowning, breaking most of his ribs & worse. His most extreme injury resulted from an incident where his foot became caught in a chair on which he had been sitting. The chair was strapped on top of a bucking bull which dragged & tossed him about until unconscious. Despite it all, Hayner always came back to the rodeo with good humor. During the Stampede Rodeo in 1927 Hayner dressed up as silent movie star Harold Lloyd. Upon arriving at the rodeo with a box camera & dude attire he was staunchly refused admission into the arena because he looked too much like a tourist to suit the arena boss. Hayner had to convince everyone he was actually a professional rider despite his unorthodox rodeo appearance." [image: 0 (6).jpeg] #reboot #news