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  • Pete Bruised Head - Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Fame
    Pete was also awarded a saddle in White Swan Washington for attending the most Treaty Days rodeo s He s a Legend in Canadian Pro Rodeo hall of Fame and was nominated by Lynn Jensen he attended many Pro Rodeos in Canada and the United States he don t need a GPS or Road map to know where he s going and still attends some Pro Rodeos as a spectator and is still debating if he should pull out his PRCA gold Card to hit some more Pro rodeo s Pete has played Hockey in his younger days and basketball baseball and football In his late 40 s he was always recruited at the National High School Rodeo Finals for the parents Volleyball teams and some of his favorite memories include the foot races at Window Rock AZ during the rodeos and he would run in both categories by accident despite his age nothing slows him down he still rides the young horses out in the pasture and is always ready for the next rodeo He is 77 years old proud of his children and his home raised horses competing in the pro rodeos and Indian rodeos people talk about living the dream of going on the rodeo trail well he s doing it and not dreaming it he has the best get out and go attitude When Pete sees talent he will flat out tell you and give some advice too and it is always okay if you ask he has countless trophy saddles trophy horses and buckles stashed in every corner of the house and pasture and if one is moved he will damn sure know about it He s been to the First Indian National Finals rodeo in 1976 and has been attending every year as a

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  • John Colliflower - Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Fame 2013 Inductee
    was interrupted by the Vietnam War where he served honorably as a tank commander in the 1st Cavalry Following his discharge he met and married the love of his life Sybil Sangrey and together had four sons He began rodeoing again as a member of the PRCA and competed at the first annual INFR John is a three time INFR World Champion winning the Steer Wrestling twice in 1988 and 1990 as well as the All Around Cowboy title in 1989 working both ends of the arena as a saddle bronc rider and steer wrestler During his illustrious rodeo career John won the GPIRA and UIRA several times and qualified for the INFR virtually every year until injury forced him into semi retirement in the late 90 s Today John is regarded for his world class bulldogging horses and his hazing His horses former INFR Horse s of the Year have helped several cowboys earn their own INFR titles as Steer Wrestling and All Around Champions He spends his days on his own ranch The Lazy JS assisting local youth in their pursuit of rodeo careers As a teacher he has helped all four of his sons and grandchildren qualify

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  • Gracie Welsh - Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Fame
    determined to have her own horse around 12 Her parents seen the love in her for horses and let her take possession of the family horse Gracie attended Parker High School and was involved with the FFA including being a cheerleader with many other extra curriculum activities graduating in 1976 Shortly after became involved with Native American Pageants winning titles such as Miss Indian Arizona and Miss Indian America in 1976 through 1977 Moving off to college Gracie believed in furthering her education so she went ahead and got her bachelors degree in business administration from Arizona State University along with staying active in college rodeo Later on at the age of 28 married John Romo and had two kids Nicole and Ryan Romo Then became a business owner in 1990 after obtaining the business Grace had more of an opportunity to get back to what she really loved to do barrel racing Being apart of the South West Indian Rodeo Association she had made it to the Indian National Finals Rodeo in 1992 1997 Was also involved in Women s Professional Rodeo Association Gracie has always supported rodeo throughout her life up to her passing All the while she

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  • Josia Johns - Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Fame
    That training would result in Josiah pursuing a career in rodeo For entertainment local cities would produce rodeos where local cowboys would come to town and match their skill with other ranching cowboys From this spirit of friendly competition professional rodeo evolved in the cities These scheduled events became known as the Florida Circuit Josiah was a true all around cowboy he competed in every major event in rodeo Once when asked what event was considered to be the hardest event his reply was The entry fee is the hardest event Josiah traveled all over the southeastern United States competing in rodeos from Florida to the famous Madison Square Gardens in New York City The organizations he chose to rodeo under were the Florida Cowboy Association and the International Rodeo Association of Paul Valley Oklahoma Josiah s accomplishments were many He was crowned all around champion cowboy many times Josiah worked all ends of the arena he was champion of the Steer Wrestling event several times for the Florida Cowboy Association and the Saddle Bronc champion at the famous Circle T Rodeo in Indiantown FL Josiah s rodeo career extended far beyond the rodeo arena he co founded the Southeastern Indian Rodeo Association S I R A which became a qualified region at the first Indian National Finals in Salt Lake City Utah in 1971 The S I R A currently exists as the Eastern Indian Rodeo Association E I R A Josiah s travels during his rodeo career eventually sparked interest into a new business venture in Indian Gaming This venture began with humble beginnings of a highstakes bingo facility in a little red barn renovated from a feed store beauty salon In November 1983 only a couple of years after opening the bingo hall an auto accident sadly

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  • Harry Shade - Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Fame
    to the Fort Macleod Stampede from there they transported them by CP Rail to other rodeos In the early 1960 s Harry and his sons Ervin and Barry formed the Harry Shade Sons Rodeo Company They were the only Native Stock Contractors to supply all the stock including timed event and rough stock required to produce a rodeo In the 70 s early 80 s they contracted most of the Chinook Rodeos in Southern Alberta most of the IRCA rodeos in Alberta subcontracted pro rodeos for Harry Vold Stan Weatherly Their stock has performed at all the major rodeos in Canada including the Canadian Finals The Harry Vold Rodeo Company also brought their horses to all the major rodeos in the USA and the NFR In 1979 they were one of the main stock contractors at the Calgary Stampede where the Bareback Riding Championship was won on the famous Shade bucking horse Snowball Harry Shade Sons Rodeo Company brought bucking horses to the first thirteen INFR s from 1976 to 1988 During this time they captured 4 world bucking stock awards competing against NFR bucking horses In 1983 the Shades were invited to take their rodeo stock to China to produce demonstration rodeos in Hong Kong Although the offer was refused this is testament to the fact that Harry s name was recognized in rodeo worldwide Harry Shade s rodeo stock contracting venture has now been in existence for over 80 years longer than any rodeo stock contracting outfit in North America Harry s stock contracting era spanned from the days of driving stock to rodeos to hauling via rail to the modern day transportation of semis stock trailers The Shade Sons Rodeo Company is still actively contracting rodeos supplying stock to the INFR Harry retired from the Shade Sons

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  • Felix Gilbert Sr. - Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Fame
    Felix learned about the PRCA from the pamphlets included in the Wrangler jeans he bought Felix began reading articles about past PRCA champions and watched PRCA rodeo films where he quickly observed the dismount style of pro rodeo calf ropers He once watched a rodeo where a gauntly looking cowboy won the calf roping He thought to himself If that skinny cowboy can win at calf roping why can t I If he can do it I can do it Up until this point Navajo calf ropers averaged a time of 16 to 18 seconds by dismounting from the traditional left side and ducked under their rope to flank their calves Felix spent countless hours analyzing practicing and perfecting his calf roping dismount from the right side At the first rodeo of the 1967 season he debut his newly acquired dismount and shocked the crowd by winning the calf roping with a time of 11 2 seconds He broke new ground and revolutionized calf roping on the Navajo Nation At the end of the 1967 AIRCA season he was crowned the AIRCA Year End All Around Champion and Year End Calf Roping Champion As his rodeo career continued Felix earned many arena names such as Mr Consistency and Mr Phenomenal He won numerous All Around Champion titles calf roping titles and team roping titles in the All Indian Rodeo Cowboy Association and Navajo Nation Rodeo Cowboy Association In 1980 he won the coveted INFR All Around Champion title As late as 1992 Felix at the age of 48 persevered and continued to compete with a newer generation of cowboys capturing the AIRCA Finals All Around Champion title He became the Navajo Nation s All Time All Around Champion On November 10 1995 Felix entered the San Carlos Old Timers Rodeo

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  • Howard Hunter Sr. - Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Fame
    his first rodeo at age 10 in Gordon NE and won his first buckle In high school he was a one man rodeo team for the Oglala Community School in Pine Ridge SD working bareback saddle bronc and bull riding In 1969 he took first in bareback first in bull riding second in saddle bronc and won the all around in the South Dakota High School Rodeo Association an achievement never accomplished before or since He earned a trip to the National High School Finals in San Antonio TX By the time he graduated from high school in 1970 he wanted to try his luck in professional rodeo A good friend Charlie Colombe from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe helped steer him to three time saddle bronc champ Shawn Davis Davis agreed to take him down the road to help him get started That meant he would take him with him and pay his expenses and entry fees In return he would get a percentage of any prize money that Howard won He quickly filled his professional rodeo permit and went to win Cheyenne Frontier Days Houston Ellensburg El Paso Deadwood Casper and Jackson just to name a few Howard continued to ride broncs over four decades He won the Saddle Bronc Championship for the South Dakota Rodeo Association in 1971 He was the Badlands Circuit Saddle Bronc Champion in 1976 1978 and 1982 He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in 1976 1979 and 1980 He qualified for the Indian National Finals Rodeo fourteen times since it began in 1976 winning four Saddle Bronc Championships in 1980 1987 1988 and 1990 He was the Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association saddle bronc champion ten times He was inducted in the South Dakota Rodeo Hall of Fame Howard was seriously injured at

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  • Dean Jackson - Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Fame
    degree and returned to the Navajo Nation to begin a teaching and coaching career In 1959 Dean married his wife Stephanie McPherson and they had five children Dean worked to develop Navajo Community College and worked to secure funding for what became the Dine College facility In addition Dean was extremely influential with the Tribal College Acts that now give control and authority to Indian tribes for higher education opportunities Dean was named President of Navajo Community College and held the position for 10 years Dean continued to develop his educational leadership philosophy at the graduate level and implement his educational model the Dine Philosophy of Learning Dean then became the Superintendent of the Chine School District and held that position until his untimely death in 1992 Dean had a genuine love of horses and rodeo In addition to encouraging Navajo youth to become educated Dean also assisted in the development of the sport of Indian rodeo on the Navajo reservation and across Indian Country Dean was one of the founding organizers of the All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Indian Nationals Finals Rodeo Dean was active in rodeo up until his death 2015 Inductees Dave Best Sam Bird

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