Chip Rosenbloom’s Bronco Billy is a novel about the life of Bronco Billy Anderson, who was an American rodeo performer. Bronco Billy (born William Frank Anderson) was famous for his performances in Wild West Shows. The book tells Bronco Billy’s story from when he first became interested in riding horses to when he retired and started his own ranch. Bronco Billy also tells the story of Broncho Charlie, Bronc Buster, and Bronk Woolsey. Bronco Billy’s Bronchos is a novel about the life of Broncho Charlie, Bronc Buster, and Bronk Woolsey.
The book was made into a movie in 1980 starring Tom Conti as Bronco Billy. It won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay but lost to “Ordinary People” (1980) for Best Picture out of six nominees that year. The film also stars Ben Johnson, Shelley Long and Sam Bottoms. “Bronco Billy” has been translated into several languages including French and German.
Broncho Charlie, Bronc Buster, and Bronk Woolsey are also characters in this book who have their own stories told as well. They all ride with Bronco Billy for many years until they decide that it is time for them to retire too. Bronchos is about these three men’s lives before they met Bronco Billy Anderson -from boyhood through manhood–and how each of them found himself drawn into a circle of friends whose common bond was horsemanship. Bronkos Bronc Buster and Bronk Woolsey end up in a small town nearby Bronco Billy’s ranch.
When Broncho Charlie, Bronc Buster, and Bronk Woolsey retire from their lives as rodeo riders they need to find ways to occupy themselves since riding is all they have ever known for the past 20 years of their life. They decide that running the only general store in this small town would be perfect for them because it gives them something new every day.