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Chris LeDoux to be honored by statue

Monday, March 5, 2007 – The late Chris LeDoux will be honored by a statue that will be the centerpiece of the planned, "Chris LeDoux Memorial Park" in Kaycee, Wyo. D Michael Thomas created the sculpture.

The bronze titled "Good Ride Cowboy" depicts LeDoux's 1976 world championship ride, on Stormy Weather, and further incorporates his love of music, and status as a renowned, and admired singer, songwriter, recording artist replicating his Guild acoustic guitar and strap as the base of the sculpture. The bronze will be 1 1/2 times life size.

The "Chris LeDoux Memorial Foundation" was recently created to help generate funds to support work on the bronze.To make a donation or purchase a D Michael Thomas bronze "Good Ride Cowboy," contact:
Chris LeDoux Memorial Foundation
PO Box 51
Kaycee, WY 82639

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