86R33483 ST-D
  By: Springer H.R. No. 1706
         WHEREAS, Clifton Smith of Childress was honored with
  induction into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame on April 6, 2019;
         WHEREAS, Mr. Smith enjoyed a professional rodeo career that
  spanned almost two decades; a trailblazer in the tie-down roping
  event, he was one of the earliest right-handed competitors to
  dismount the horse from the right side after catching a calf, an
  innovation that enabled him to turn a faster time; this approach
  helped him qualify for the National Finals Rodeo in 1960 and 1962,
  and the practice later became commonplace in the sport; and
         WHEREAS, With the passing years, Mr. Smith and his wife,
  Judy, have had the pleasure of seeing numerous members of their
  family carry on the tradition of rodeo excellence; their children
  Stran Smith and Smitty Smith enjoyed success in the arena, with
  Stran becoming a world champion tie-down roper, and their
  grandchildren include rodeo competitors Tuf Cooper, who became
  world all-around champion, Shada Brazile, Stetson Vest, and Clif
  Cooper; and
         WHEREAS, The Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame recognizes those
  individuals who have excelled in the sport and who exemplify the
  individualism and independence of the American cowboy, and Clifton
  Smith is indeed deserving of a place in this elite fraternity; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Clifton Smith on his induction into
  the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame and extend to him sincere best
  wishes for continued happiness; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mr. Smith as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.