Roy Rogers was a wildly popular recording, movie, and television star. From the late 1930s to the early 1950s he made a long list of action-packed Westerns, thrilling fans with his mesmerizing singing voice and his constant cowboy bravery. Starting in 1951 Roy moved to television with “The Roy Rogers Show,” a half-hour show that, like his movies, was filled with Western excitement and adventure.
Roy Rogers was a man who loved children. On-screen, he put his love into action by making movies and TV shows fit for audiences of all ages. Off-screen he made a never-ending stream of visits to children’s hospitals, shelters, and meetings with individual kids that sorely needed to meet their hero. When he made personal appearances he always tried to put his famous horse Trigger out in front of the arena or stadium so that kids who couldn’t afford to buy a ticket to the show could still come by and see Trigger.
In the 1940s Roy Rogers started a club for children called the Roy Rogers Riders Club. It was open to any child that sent Roy their name and address. In return, Roy would send them a “Rogersgram” that looked like an official telegram except a Rogersgram arrived by “Trigger Express.” Every member of the Roy Rogers Rider Club got a membership card with the Roy Rogers Riders Rules (sometimes called the Roy Rogers Riders Club Rules) printed on it.
The Roy Rogers Riders Club Rules
- Be neat and clean.
- Be courteous and polite.
- Always obey your parents.
- Protect the weak and help them.
- Be brave but never take chances.
- Study hard and learn all you can.
- Be kind to animals and take care of them.
- Eat all your food and never waste any.
- Love God and go to Sunday school regularly.
- Always respect our flag and our country.
Roy Rogers also wrote a prayer that he asked be said at the beginning of every Riders Club meeting. You can read the Roy Rogers Prayer here.