Stampede Lookback: 1924

In today's Stampede Edition of the Cowboy Courier we share a story from the Calgary Herald on the legendary bucking horse Midnight.

NORMA MARR, CALGARY HERALD

It wasn’t just the cowboys making a name for themselves in the early days of the Stampede, Canadian rodeo stock was gaining in popularity as well.

An outlaw horse named Midnight made its debut at the 1924 Stampede, bucking off every rider. Born in the spring of 1916 on a ranch in the Porcupine Hills in southern Alberta, the black colt was broken as a saddle horse by his owner, James McNabb.

Midnight seemed to have an average disposition — a cowboy could saddle and ride him — but when he bucked, he bucked furiously. During a ten-year career, Midnight was successfully ridden only twice in competition, once by cowboy legend Pete Knight.

Midnight died in 1936, and these words are inscribed on the headstone:

Under this sod lies a great bucking hoss.

There never lived a cowboy he could not toss.

His name was Midnight; his coat black as coal.

If there is a hoss heaven, please God, rest his soul.