Cecil Cornish, a rodeo performer and National Cowboy Hall of Famer, died on Dec. 4. Cause of death was not released. He was 94.
Cornish began his rodeo career in the early 1920s riding bucking horses and roping. For 35 years, he traveled across the United States and Canada, performing in rodeos and training as a trick rider.
Danger, his Brahma bull, could leap over cars and through fire. His trick horse, Smoky, entertained audiences by pretending to have a broken leg. Cornish also trained Hollywood horses, including Roy Rogers’ horse Trigger, and the horses used in the film, “Ben Hur.”
“Mr. Rodeo, Himself — Cecil Cornish, His Life and Treasures,” by Robert Gray, was published in 1990. Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating proclaimed April 20, 1998, as Cecil Cornish Day. And this year, he was inducted into ProRodeo Hall of Fame.