Johnny Cline #5

Posted By on December 3, 2012

Johnny bought this liberty act from Bill Bushaugh…..Bill’s last name may be spelled wrong? The five horses were called King, Sue, Patches, Ringo and Tony. Later, John had to replace two because of age.  He found two paints and broke them for the act. He named them Twinkles and Pawnee.  After Johnny’s death the act was sold, but to whom I do not know. The liberty act was renamed, the Hollywood Horses.

Thanks Casey for the correct spelling of Bill’s last name. Buschbom.

Thanks Darryl for your comment.

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I found this comment from Wade Burck. I do not know if I posted it. I will do so now because it is extremely interesting and truthful. It is also a bit of circus history that has to be saved… Keep them coming, Wade!

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Clyde Bros Circus Camels

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In 1970 Ray Chandler worked the camel for the show. The camel may have been 0wned by Gene Holter.

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Clyde Bros Circus

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Ray Chandler trainer and performer.

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Johnny Cline and daughter Kathy putting their elephants Princess, Dell, and Molly though their paces for the 1971 season.

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Clyde Bros Circus

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Kathy did a great job working with with her Dad. She takes after her Mother, Milonga. Photo, 1971.

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Clyde Bros Circus

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Elephant long mount.

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There was one bull in the act that had her moments. Her name was Molly and if she thought she could… she would tip you over. Molly is seen here on the bull tubs while Kathy styles the act. Johnny kept a close eye on Molly. Knowing Johnny as I did, he would say working a tough and a spooky elephant or any animal for that matter is serious business. You can learn much from guys like Johnny Cline. He worked his elephant act with Molly, Dell and Princess until he became sick. Photo, 1971.

After his death, the elephants were sold. To whom I do not know.

Thanks to Bob Cline for his informative comment. Please read.

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Hard to see here, but Kathy is running on top of the ring curb keeping up with the elephant as it runs around the ring and then she runs under the other elephant.

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Clyde Bros Circus

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Johnny Cline and his daughter Kathy. You know you never really know how fine a person is, until they are gone. Johnny you were the BEST!

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