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Asbury Schell

Birth place or City of origin: Gisela
State of origin: AZ
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Start/Birth date: 1903
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Schell was born in Gisela, Arizona, and began his rodeo career at the age of 17. At his first competition, Schell won prize money riding bulls, but on that day decided never to ride a bull again. Instead he turned his competitive talents to tie-down roping, where he was known for his original style of flanking and tying standing up. Schell was a three-time world champion team roper in 1937, 1939 and 1952, regularly defeating many of the larger, stronger cowboys. Schell also influenced the move to heeling from the right side instead of the left that had been the traditional style in his era. The secret to Schell’s success, according to rodeo cowboy Dale Smith, was that he “stayed horseback, had the best partners of his day and never claimed to be a good loser.”


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