Olaf Wieghorst
A Collection of Cover Art
from Hoofs and Horns Magazine

  Exhibition Ride of A Champion
February, 1942

Condensed from a story by Fog Horn Clancy in the February 1942 Hoofs and Horns, page 3:

The day before the final performance of the 1941 Madison Square Garden rodeo, Wally McConnell, a young first year cowboy at the Garden's, from Boise, Idaho drew "Hell's Angel for the final ride of the rodeo. They saved "Hell's Angle" as a finally for the rodeo, as he was seldom ridden to the buzzer." Wally was Fritz's roomate and friend. Wally had been busted up in his nine rides at the Garden this year and Fritz was concerned he would get injured if he rode Hell's Angel. Fritz made some deals and was allowed to ride in Wally's place. Fritz made a sucessful ride that night on the famous bronc.

Short Bio on Fritz Turan and Hells Angel by Jim Drye:

Fritz Truan, World Champion All Around Cowboy and also World Champion Bronc Rider, riding the great "Hell's Angel," October 26, 1941, at Madison Square Gardens.
Hell's Angel ruled the arena from 1938 to 1941, and was voted the "Greatest Bucking Horse in America" by the rodeo cowboys." Fritz rode Hell's Angel five out of seven times in his short career. Sergeant Fritz G. Truan lost his life in WW II while leading his platoon against a Japanese machine gun nest at Iwo Jima.

Cover art by Olaf Wieghorst: Fritz Truan riding "Hell's Angel."

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