HANGING TOUGH 25 x 15 x 11 (inches)
This bronze sculpture shows Clem Gardner competing on the bucking horse High Tower in 1917. The notorious bucking horse was known for the dangerous reputation of doing whatever it took to get the cowboy off of his back even if it was flipping over on his rider if he was unable to buck him off. This sculpture captures the exact moment at the peak of his jump when the bronc realizes he can’t buck Clem off and is in the process of starting to come over backwards. The old cowboy saying “There never was a horse that couldn’t be rode or a man that couldn’t be throwed.” It reminds us that there is a lesson in every victory and every defeat. .
The image of a saddle bronc rider on an untamed horse has always represented the sport of rodeo. Rodeo is more about trying than anything else. A man or women with guts and heart can become anything in this world they want. Because to be a champion all you have to give is all you got. Clem Gardner and High Tower are giving it all they got.