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Empty Saddles

Steve Fryar Steve Fryar
Steve Fryar competed in calf roping and steer wrestling for Tarleton State University (1971-1977) and was inducted into its Alumni Hall of Fame. He was the 1976 Southwest Region Champion Steer Wrestler at the CNFR in Bozeman, won the CNFR and National Championship in steer wrestling in 1977. Steve’s PRCA career lasted 21 years (1974-1995). He placed at many rodeos and was seventeenth in the world in 1976. He qualified for the NFR in 1980 in steer wrestling and finished twelfth in the world standings. Steve was the champion steer wrestler at the 1975 Stephenville PRCA Rodeo and the 1976 Odessa PRCA Rodeo. After retiring, he continued to participate in calf ropings and serve the rodeo community. Steve passed away in January 2017.

Jim Dougherty James Francis “Jim” Dougherty
Jim Dougherty began competing in youth rodeos in 1953 at age 14 and won the national calf roping title in 1956. He was on the rodeo teams at Sul Ross and Texas A&I universities. After college, Jim was a winning calf roper and team roper in many RCA rodeos. In the 1970s, Jim and his son competed successfully on the South Texas team roping rodeo circuit. In the 1980s, Jim competed in steer roping. He served as president of the Texas Youth Rodeo Association and president of the George West Roping Club, ensuring it became PRCA-sanctioned. Jim’s rodeo career ended November 4, 1984, when he sustained a head injury while competing in the steer roping short round at the San Angelo Roping Fiesta.

Bud Walker James R. “Bud” Walker
Bud Walker began rodeoing at 12, winning the tie-down at the Cotulla Youth Rodeo in 1961. He won his first all-around saddle in the Texas Youth Rodeo Association at 16, and continued rodeoing through high school and Southwest Junior College, where his team won region many times. Bud was a member of the 1968 Southwest Texas State College team that placed third at the National College Finals. As Bud aged, team roping became a hobby. The last team roping saddle he won was just months before he became terminally ill. Bud shared his love of roping and riding with his children and grandchildren, and many others. He was a humble man of exceptional character who epitomized the cowboy life.


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