News and Notes from the Rodeo Trail

ProRodeo Hall of Famer Cotton Rosser was honored by the city of Brawley, Calif., and the Cattle Call Rodeo Committee as recently a stretch of Willard Avenue overlooking the rodeo was dedicated as Cotton Rosser Drive. The Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo took place Nov. 11-12. Rosser, a stock contractor who operates Flying U Rodeo, has been providing livestock and producing the Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo for 51 years.

Rosser, 89, was ill and could not attend the dedication on Nov. 3, so his son Reno Rosser, who heads operations for Flying U, accepted the honor on his behalf. Reno was joined by PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman, the Cattle Call Rodeo Committee and dignitaries from the city of Brawley and Imperial County. Reno told the crowd his father and the entire Rosser family, based in Marysville, Calif., were honored by the street naming. He said for his father and the family, Brawley is like a second home, adding his father is so thankful for the way in which the city has embraced him.

Stressman called Cotton “a pioneer in the rodeo industry who has been ahead of his time in developing the entertainment side of the sport of rodeo”.

George J. Quarta Jr., a former PRCA saddle bronc rider, passed away at his home in Bullhead City, Ariz., Sept. 6. He was 86.

He was born Dec. 21, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pa., and later moved to Hudson, N.Y., where his family resided for decades. After graduation from high school in 1952, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Korea at the height of the Korean War.

Upon his return home he went to farrier school learning the horseshoeing trade, which supported his traveling the rodeo circuit. In 1961, Quarta and friend Casey Tibbs moved to California. He worked as a farrier for famous horses like “Mr. Ed” and “Trigger Jr.” Quarta also worked on the set of many motion pictures over the years as a wrangler. During his motion picture days, he worked with many famous horses, including the original black stallion Fury with Bobby Diamond (Joey) aboard, Dale Evans’ Buckskin Buttermilk, and John Wayne’s Trademark Sorrel, Sunset Carson.

Later, as a representative of the American Humane Association, Quarta was responsible for overseeing the treatment of animals on movie sets. He was also featured on an episode of the game show “To Tell the Truth.” Graveside services were held in Hudson, N.Y., Nov. 8.