SNAPSHOTS and EXCERPT Photo and monologue from actual stage performance A sample of over 100 photos in the book
Ready for the Parade in Russells Point, Ohio
We Were Always the Best of Friends
Bill and King Praying on Stage in Ohio
Bill at Cowboy Town in Nashville, TN 2005
The announcer said, "Smilin' Bill and his wonder horse King often pray before each show." I removed my hat and bowed my head as the crowd applauded one of my favorite parts of the show.
An Excerpt from KINGand theCOWBOY
Riding - Roping - Singing ~ Training
He was still a teenager and the colt was barely five years old. They headlined across the Midwest bringing music and entertainment to cowboys, cowgirls, and horse lovers. A beautiful Palomino stallion named King, and the soft country and western ballads of Smilin' Bill Cummins soothed the eyes and ears of the audience.
You could hear a pin drop when Smilin' Bill appeared on stage astride his wonder horse, King. As a team they answered questions and performed unbelievable equestrian acts for the audience. Bill describes their stage entrance in chapter one of his book...
*** Upon arrival, I outfitted King in a stylish redleather bridle, breastcollar, and surcingle. His rubber horseshoes muffled the sounds as we moved toward the entrance. I patted his neck and whispered,"King, you look great." We both felt the tension increasing as his skin rippled slightly and his ears flipped back and forth. I straddled his back for the grand entrance. "California, Here I Come" blasted loudly across the show room from the live band behind the stage. Waiting through several bars of music, we heard the introduction... "Now ladies and gentlemen for your pleasure and entertainment... please give a warm welcome to our stars who will delight and amaze you. It thrills me to present to you... Smilin' Bill and His Wonder Horse King."
The band played louder as we quickly made our way through the applause onto the stage. Sitting astride King, I guided him to center stage. It was show time! ***
The purpose of this book is to entertain and educate all horse lovers. You can follow Bill's dream of becoming a singing cowboy like his movie hero, Gene Autry. Filled with photographs, this book is full of cowboy tips and stories that will bring smiles to your face and warm your heart. But be prepared... Bill's last "Goodbye" to King will bring tears to your eyes and prove beyond doubt that, "Loving a horse will enrich your soul and break your heart."
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