Who is Bill Pickett?
Bill Pickett invented the technique of bulldogging, or steer wrestling, and was known as the world’s first black cowboy and rodeo star. He was actually a combination of black, white and Native American Cherokee. Bill Pickett is said to have come up with the idea of bulldogging by watching bulldog herding breeds handle steers. Bill Pickett’s method of steer wrestling involves a cowboy on horseback who jumps onto the steer and forces the steer’s neck back by twisting it. Then the cowboys would bite the steer’s lips and eventually get the steer right to the ground. Pickett demonstrated his technique in rodeo shows and in some movies and was called The Dusky Demon. William Picket was born 5 December, 1870 in Travis County, Texas. He was the first of 13 children born to Thomas Jefferson and Mary Virginia Elizabeth Pickett, who were both former slaves. By the time Bill was 18 years old, the family had moved to Taylor, Texas and Bill began a horse-breaking service with his brothers called Pic
William “Bill” M. Pickett was born on December 5, 1870 at the Jenks-Branch community on the Travis County line near Austin, Texas. His parents, Thomas Jefferson and Virginia Elizabeth Gilbert Pickett, were ex-slaves who had thirteen children. Bill was the second child. Bill had two cousins who were trail-driving horsemen. They would talk to Bill about protecting their trail crews against buffalo stampedes, roping steer, and breaking ponies. Bill loved to listen to these stories and wanted to learn these skills. One day when Bill was looking at cattle dogs controlling cattle, he saw a bulldog hold a cow’s lower lip with its teeth. Bill thought that he could control an animal by using this technique. After this incident, Bill passed a group of Littlefield Cattle Company cowboys on his way home from school. They were having trouble branding their calves. Bill asked if they wanted his help. After the calf was roped and laid on the ground, Bill bit into its lip. He held the calf while the c