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Gladewater Rodeo features memorial to rodeo legend

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The 76th annual Gladewater Round-up Rodeo is in full swing and features a little known piece of history. The rodeo is full of exciting moments, but tucked away in the pavilion is a simple gate, commemorating a world record ride.

"It was 1971. Johnny Quintana had drawn a bull, V-61," says Gladewater Round-up Rodeo announcer Randy Corley.

V-61 was a bull that had never been ridden at the time.

"Johnny found out that he had drawn V-61 and he hung up the phone and looked at his wife and said well I guess Gladewater, Texas is the first place that bull's going to get ridden," Corley says.

Quintana then went out and backed it up.

"He set a world record of 94 points," says Corley.

Its the actual gate from the old Gladewater arena that started the record ride , and is a memorial to John Quintana, who passed away this year.

"We had the first-ever Gladewater Round-up Extreme Bull Johnny Quintana Memorial," Corley says.

"I've gotten to do a lot of great things over my career, and this is just something else I can add to that," says rodeo Bullfighter Cory Wall.

It was a ride that put Gladewater on the map.

"It was big it was really big. The Miami Dolphins perfect season, Babe Ruth, Johnny Quintana.

No other rodeo has that claim, nor will they ever," Corley says.

The rodeo continues tonight and tomorrow. The Quintana Memorial is on display at the pavilion during all open hours.

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