Leonard Summers, III
Major Summers, United States Air Force, stationed at DMAFB, had a desire. He wanted to honor Will Rogers & preserve the art of Trick roping through a Youth Trick Roping Club. Major Summers grew up in South Central Oklahoma. At seventeen, he entered the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After traveling the globe, he settled in Tucson in 1991. He became involved with the Tucson Boys Chorus & brought in a Roping instructor for their summer camp. In May of 1999, he decided to create his own roping organization as a way of bringing his dream to life. His goal was to enrich the lives of Tucson area boys & girls while promoting & preserving the Western culture that he loves. Through contacts he had made, he set out to build his organization. In October of 1999, his dream took its first baby steps as the Cactus Cowboy Corral Lariateers debuted at the Rex Allen Days Parade in Willcox, Arizona. One of his proudest moments came when the Cactus Cowboy Corral Lariateers performed at the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore, Oklahoma on Memorial Day in 1999.
One of the orignal Lariateers, Devin Davenport has been performing gravity defying rope tricks since he was a chorister with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. Currently a student at the University of Arizona, Devin still travels & performs with the Corral as his schedule permits. Devin is the first Lariateer to achieve the rank of Top Hand. He is capable of choreographing, staging & narrating a performance. He had the privelege of joining Circus Smirkus & traveling across the Eastern Seaboard during the summer of 2003. Devin's charm, wit & self confidence shines through when he sets his ropes spinning. He, along with our Ranch Foreman, is one of our primary instructors.
One of the original Lariateers, Duncan Davenport began roping while a member of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. His contagious sense of humor draws a crowd everywhere the Lariateers perform. Currently a senior at University High School, Duncan is the primary instructor for our Roping workshops. Duncan is also our primary recruiter. Duncan will soon join his older brother as one of the Top Hands of the Cactus Cowboy Corral. He has proven himself both in his willingness to instruct & in his ability to carry a performance solely on his own.
March 19, 1919 ~ March 24, 2006
With deep regret, family & friends gathered to say goodbye to Forrest 5 short days afte his 87th birthday this past March. Our sorrow in his passing is made easier in the knowing that somewhere up beyond the Pearly Gates Forrest is now working with Will Rogers to teach the angels the magic of Rope Twirling.
Vaya Con Dios
Professional Rope Instructor
Mr. Hobbs is a Professional performer & instructor. We bring him in from Belen, New Mexico once a month to instruct our Lariateers. He has been roping for seventy-five years. He has performed in Vaudeville, entertained Jimmy Stewart on the Queen Elizabeth coming back from over seas after World War II & has done countless performances at elementary schools throughout the United States. He also juggles, cracks whips, uses air guns to shoot at stationary & moving targets & is a proficient gun spinner. He is 83 years young & provides a stable, caring stern, grandfather type that the Lariateers have come to respect & appreciate. Many are the stories that he shares like an ever flowing fountain. Through him, the Lariateers have learned of times gone past that other kids only read about in textbooks at school.