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Jim Arnold

2019 Working Cowboy

Jim Arnold

“The old cowboy ways are dying with the men who created them.”

Jim Arnold was born in Attica, Kansas on December 17, 1927 to Clyde and Elizabeth Arnold. As a child
he purchased an Arabian stallion with a prize pig and money he had earned at 10 cents a day. In his
teenage years he rode and trained horses for Harry and Hazel Shepler of Shepler’s Western Wear. He
also showed Charlie Rank’s stallion “Yellow Dog” at horse shows. He was not interested in working at
his father’s bakery, instead he hung out at the Wichita Stockyards until they finally hired him. He rode
bulls until he married Vesta Velda Goodrich of Wichita on August 25, 1946. However, Jim’s rodeo career
continued with bareback bronc riding, and calf and team roping. Jim has received numerous rodeo
awards. He began his ranching in Dillon, Montana at the famous Matador Ranch owned by Wichita’s
Koch brothers. After a time, he returned to Kansas and began ranching for Les Cooper and Don Young
of the Young & Cooper Cattle Company at Ashland as a foreman and cowboy. On these 15,300 acres
he raised their children, Janice Lynne Ritter, James Perry Arnold, Terry Wayne Arnold, Beth Ann
DeMont and Jimmie Lou Hinkle, teaching them horsemanship, cattle ranching and rodeo. Jim stepped in
and saved a condemned horse which was later sold to Clark McEntire, the father of Reba. This horse
was instrumental in Clark getting consecutive World Steer Roping championships. Jim moved on to a
Young and Cooper ranch near Kendall, Kansas and later partnered with Tony Beaty forming the
“Rawhide Cattle Company.” On this 15,000 acre spread they raised Santa Gertrudis and Simmental
cattle. After Tate Ranch annexed the Beaty Ranch, Jim was foreman of 41,000 acres spreading across
Kearny and Hamilton Counties. As Jim moved from ranch to ranch, he continued his team roping career.
In 1988, Jim and Vesta moved back to the Ashland area where he finished his final leg of ranching with
Young and Cooper. Jim is a member of the Cowboys Turtle Association, was in the PRCA from 1946 to
1949, belonged to the United States Team Roping Champions Association, the American Quarter Horse
Association and is a 4-H leader in horse and cattle. Jim has an exhaustive knowledge of horse lineage
which has led to a successful rodeo and ranch horse breeding program. Jim Arnold is a well respected
friend and mentor to many people. He has passed on the cowboy way of life to his children,
grandchildren and now his great grandchildren.

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