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Verde Heritage 1955: "Big Enough" Became "Old Blue"

"OLD BLUE LOOKS BACK ON A VIGOROUS PAST."

"Take 27 years, season them with 20 roundups, add a few thousand miles of riding the range, and then sprinkle generously with rodeos by the dozen and the same proportion of horse races, and you would have a pretty good recipe for the life of Old Blue."

"Of course he wasn't always known as Old Blue. Bronc riders knew him as Big Enough, and that was the name used in winning many races."

"Now retired on the ranch of Norman Clark, Old Blue is just as independent as ever, even if he has completely worn out his top teeth. He roams by himself along Oak Creek and the Verde River, only occasionally coming to the barn for a few bites of barley."

"He carries the Bar OC brand, and was purchased as a colt 27 years ago by Bill Logsdon from Dutch Dickinson of the K Bar T."

"Logsdon sold Old Blue to Emmett Ralston, then owner of the Laurel Leaf, the ranch now owned by Zeke Taylor."

"Old timers still remember when Blue left everyone in a cloud of dust at a matched race held in 1935 at McGuireville."

"Others remember when, inclined to buck, he pitched Cecil Ralston into the middle of the Verde in 1938. He worked almost every day until he was turned out in 1945."

"The forest service has arrested the old man twice for trespassing on forest service land. He was impounded and was to be sold for dog chow. Both times his fines were paid by men who knew him and had worked with him."

"'He's not a raving beauty any more, but you sure have to admire the old guy for his independence,' said a former owner."

(The Verde Independent; Thursday, October 6, 1955; Section 1, page 2.)

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