Rodeo Mural



See the Mural of the world’s only Family to have 3 World Champions in the Turtle Association, and the World Champion All-Around Cowboy to win in both the Turtle Association and the Rodeo Cowboys Association.

The mural is placed on the Flint Hills Rodeo Grounds, Strong City, Kansas. It stands on the north side of Highway 50 just inside the Flint Hills Rodeo gate. It is prepared so you may turn in the grounds and drive up to it. It stands 10′ x 22′ and is composed of four 4′ x 5′ portraits of members of the Emmett Roberts family. It is showcased in a handcrafted stand of outdoor cedar with a shingled roof. The showcase was designed and the work done by Max Gordon, Mike Horst and a host of cowboy friends.

The paintings were done by Dena Kleinsorge, rancher and commissioned artist; Peggy Lyon, art instructor and professional artist; Debbie Schroer, professional artist; and Audrey Murrell, professional artist.

Marjorie, the oldest of the six children – winner of the women’s bronc riding contest at the1941 Cheyenne Frontier Days. This was equivalent to a world championship at the time.

Ken, the eldest son of the Roberts children – World rnChampion Bull Rider in 1943, 1944, and 1945. He was the runner up to the World Title in Saddle Bronc Riding in 1945.

Gerald, the next son of the family – World All-Around Cowboy in 1942 and again in 1948.

Emmett Roberts was named 1977 Rodeo Man of the Year. He owned the rodeo stock contracting firm, Roberts Rodeo Company, from 1946-1961, in partnership with his sons Ken and Howard.


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