Kajun Kidd Facts You May Not Be Aware Of
3/27/2014 by BY TODD L. GAUDIN
Editor?s Note: The following Letter of Interest is in response to Willis Webb?s March 6th column entitled ?Pro rodeo clown Kajun Kidd moved to my hometown.? A quick internet search of ?Kajun Kid? returned the following from the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame website: ?Known to all in rodeo as the ?Kajun Kid,? Dudley Gaudin left Baton Rouge, La., at the age of 15 to ride bareback horses and bulls with a Wild West show. When the show broke up, he went to Texas to enter rodeos as a bull rider. Gaudin, born in 1929 in Baton Rouge, was soon taking jobs as a bullfighter and got his big break in 1948 when he worked the Madison Square Garden rodeo in New York. In 1952, he joined the RCA as a contract member. The Kajun Kid?s daring skills and fearless reputation earned him a 25-consecutive-year contract with the Houston rodeo. He was also asked to serve as the bullfighter for the first National Finals Rodeo in 1959, then again in 1960 and 1970. He retired in 1979 after 27 years as a professional rodeo clown.?
I received my copy of The Chronicle over the weekend and read with interest your column regarding growing up in Teague and your rodeo experience.? Like a good columnist I see you never let the facts get in the way of a good story and I applaud that.? But just for the record here are some facts you may not be aware of regarding my father, D J Gaudin aka the Kajun Kidd.? He never worked the Teague rodeo as it was an amateur rodeo and as a member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association he would have been blacklisted for doing so.? Since he was just starting his professional career in 1952 that was out of the question.? It?s true he worked a lot of small rodeos but one thing is for sure.? He worked many of the larger indoor rodeos all across the country in places like Madison Square Garden in New York, Boston Garden in Boston, Cow Palace in San Francisco, Ft. Worth, Dallas, San Antonio, St Louis, Kansas City, Nashville, Greensboro, Detroit, Chicago, etc.
I have attached a list of the known rodeos he worked that I have been able to compile so far.? ?And I?m sure your youngest brother, Danny (who I graduated with at THS) could verify I had no inclination to follow in my father?s footsteps as a rodeo clown!? I have never been inside of a barrel and I?m fairly certain neither have either of my two younger brothers. ?My dad on the other hand may have at one time but I never knew of him being a barrel man.? He always took exception to that if someone mentioned he was a funny man in a barrel.? He took great pride in being one of the best bullfighters ever.
There have been several good articles in The Chronicle over the years about my Dad and he was always proud to call Teague home.? I enjoy reading your columns each week.? Keep up the good work.
Todd L. Gaudin
Rodeos worked by Kajun Kid:
TEXAS: Baird, Weatherford, Mineral Wells, Gladewater, Dallas, Mesquite, Wichita Falls, Waxahachie, Texarkana, Sulpher Springs, Beaumont, Jacksonville Lufkin, Jasper, Mercedes, Bay City, Fort Stockton, Pecos, Waco, Belton, San Antonio, Ft. Worth, Houston, Rusk, Colorado City, Lubbock, Hemisphere Rodeo ?68, Ranger, Big Spring, Kerrville, Olney, Burnet, Bowie, Monahans, San Saba, San Angelo, Levelland, Carthage, Dublin, Nocona, Midland, Gatesville, Georgetown, Laredo, Liberty, Dayton, Huntsville Prison rodeo, Uvalde, Corpus Christi, Sherman, Littlefield, Cleburne, Austin, and Athens.
FLORIDA: Indiantown, Kissimmee, Palatka, Davie, Vero Beach, Sarasota, Homestead, Miami, and Bonifay.
UTAH: Nephi, Ogden, and Price.
IDAHO: Malad, Rupert, Caldwell, Pocatello, Lewiston, and Black Foot.
NEVADA: Las Vegas, Elko, and Reno.
LOUISIANA: Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport, and Spring Hill.
GEORGIA: Atlanta and Sylvania. OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma City NFR, Duncan, Chickasha, Marietta, Walters, Ardmore, Ponca City, Enid, Tulsa, McAlester, Vinita, Claremore, and Lawton.
NEW YORK: New York City (Madison Square Garden).
MASSACHUTTES: Boston (Boston Garden).
WISCONSIN: Prairie du Chien.
ILLINOIS: Chicago, Springfield, and Peoria.
MISSOURI: St. Louis, Kansas City, Sikeston, and Springfield.
MISSISSIPPI: Jackson and Meridian.
ALABAMA: Montgomery and Birmingham.
ARKANSAS: Little Rock, Fort Smith, and Crossett.
OREGON: Portland and Pendleton.
WASHINGTON: Spokane, Ellensburg, and Walla Walla.
CALIFORNIA: San Francisco (Cow Palace), Salinas, and Los Angeles (LA Coliseum).
NORTH CAROLINA: Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh/Durham, and Winston/Salem.
IOWA: Fort Madison.
TENNESSEE: Memphis, and Nashville.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Rapid City and Deadwood.