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Cecil Cornish, 94, rodeo performer

ENID, Okla. -- Cecil Cornish, a rodeo performer in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame who entertained audiences with a bull that jumped through fire and a horse that feigned a broken leg, died Thursday. He was 94.

 

Mr. Cornish traveled throughout the United States and Canada for 35 years performing in rodeos.

He began his career in the early 1920s and pushed the boundaries of trick riding and performing. He also trained horses, including Roy Rogers's horse Trigger and horses used in the movie, "Ben Hur," said his son, Wayne.

His greatest trick horse was Smokey, who learned to act as if it had a broken leg, Wayne Cornish said.

"Dad would go back and act like he was going to shoot him, and Smokey would convince him that he could make it back," he said. "The two would head off and Smokey would act like he was limping."

Danger, Mr. Cornish's Brahma bull, awed crowds by leaping over cars and through fire.

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