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Houston County Courier - Local News
Stories Added - August 2009
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Annual Rodeo nears
Houston County Courier -  August 2009

By Suzanne Steed
Contributing Writer

CROCKETT - The 21st Annual Myrtis Dightman Rodeo and Trail Ride will be held on Labor Day weekend at the Porth Ag Arena.
The trail ride will include camp outs on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-5. The rodeo will be held on Saturday, Sept. 5 with events starting at 9 a.m.
Dightman, a man of Crockett, Houston County is professional rodeo cowboy who left his mark on the rodeo world. 
He was molded by his family, life experiences, hardship, adversity, had great strength, talent, and a desire to succeed. Dightman was a champion bull rider who began his career in the late 1950s and continued for 30 years into the 1980s.
“I was blessed with a strong, devoted mother who kept the family going and always made us toe the line,” Dightman has said many times.
Dightman went on to say.  “My mother and her faith in God provided me the strong base necessary to have chosen a road few men have traveled,”
Dightman, a champion and role model, was inducted into three rodeo organizations: the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1997 being the first living black cowboy to achieve this.
Dightman was also inducted into The Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Cowboys of Color Museum and Hall of Fame in 2003.
He was also inducted into the Professional Bull Riders Ring of Honor in 2003. 
Dightman is in his 70s but is truly one of the new 40s.  He has not slowed down.  Dightman is a mentor to the youth of the community and promotes the importance of staying in school and staying away from drugs. 
He is a firm believer in earning one’s success through hard work and self-determination. 
For additional information call (713) 882-3959.




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