Tim "Monk" Dishman
Monk’s rodeo career includes 3 trips to the NFR in 1982, 1983, and 1984. He won championships at Houston, El Paso, and a reserve champion Bareback title at San Antonio. In 1984 and 1986 he won the Texas Circuit Finals Bareback title. One of Monk’s greatest achievements has been carrying on his family’s winning tradition in the sport of rodeo. Monk resides in Beaumont with his wife Kay, son Zach and daughter Zane.
John’s goal as a bull rider was to qualify for the NFR. He achieved this goal in 1975 and 1976. His rodeo career includes an SRA All Around title and bull riding championships at Fort Smith, Ardmore, and Stephenville. He has placed at numerous rodeos including: Calgary, Cheyenne, and Houston. His challenge has always been to ride the unridable, including Jim Shoulders’ Mighty Mouse; Cervi’s HB and General Issimo; and Gerald Smith’s Butterbean. John continues to enjoy the sport of rodeo in Buffalo, TX with his wife of over 40 years.
Gene is a roper, bareback rider and bull rider from San Antonio. He is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA), and Texas Youth Rodeo Association (TYRA). Gene was state and national high school bull riding champion (1966), NIRA Southwest Region Champion (1968); runner-up, NIRA World Champion Bull Rider (1968); and National Finals Rodeo (NFR) runner-up (1969). Gene represents Texas in rodeo at its best.
Bud is a national champion saddle bronc rider from Lewistown, Montana. He placed in the NFR for twelve consecutive years (1977-1988), with eight finishes among the top five in the world. He was second in the world championship standings (1978, 1980) before claiming the gold buckle for World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider in 1986. Bud won the NIRA saddle bronc title in 1975 and was second in the all-around. He has been inducted into the PRCA Hall of Fame, Montana Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and Montana State University Athletic Hall of Fame, and has won Texas Circuit Finals many times. He has served in many positions within the PRCA over the past thirty-four years and is a long-time committee member of the Heart O’ Texas Rodeo in Waco. Bud lives in Valley Mills, Texas, with his wife, Jimmie.
Kevin Stewart has long been considered a force to be reckoned with in the calf roping and team roping. His rodeo career includes 11 consecutive NFR qualifications and 14 Texas Circuit Finals qualifications; as well as 2 Texas Circuit Finals championships and a Team Roping Average Championship at the 1993 NFR. He has won numerous rodeos including: Prescott, Pecos twice, Cow Palace, Salinas, Oakdale, Dodge City, and Silver City. He has secured championships in several team ropings such as the George Strait Team Roping, Mike Cervi Memorial Team Roping, and the Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping. Kevin currently resides in Glen Rose, Texas.
Dan Webb competed in calf roping, team roping, and steer wrestling in the PRCA. His rodeo career includes: 8 NFR qualifications in calf roping, 10 Texas Circuit Finals qualifications, and 2 CNFR qualifications. He won the 10th go-round at his final NFR appearance in 1986. Some of his major PRCA wins include: Pendleton; Reno; San Antonio; Dodge City; Wichita; Jackson; Medicine Hat, AB; and Edmonton, AB. Dan currently resides in Midway, Texas with his wife Lisa, son Tanner, and daughter Tacy.
One of only five left-handers ever to compete in the National Finals Rodeo, James was born and raised in Harper, Texas, and began calf roping and steer wrestling at a young age. He won the all-around buckle from the American Junior Rodeo Association in steer wrestling and calf roping in 1980, and was NIRA Champion Calf Roper and average winner in 1982. James went on to become PRCA 1983 Rookie of the Year for calf roping. He was a NFR qualifier in 1987-1988, 1990, and 1995; qualified fourteen times for the circuit; won the Texas Circuit championship in 1983 and 1995; and was Houston champion in 1988. James lives in Shiner, Texas.
Sherry’s competition in rodeo has spanned four decades. She won the All-Around title for the AJRA in 1955 and 1956. She won the barrel racing title for five consecutive years. At the first NFR in 1959, she carried a flag during the grand entry in Dallas. In 1961, she won the All-Around Championship in the GRA and in 1962, she was the GRA World Champion Barrel Racer riding her famous horse, Red. Sherry qualified for the NFR 12 times. During her career, she won every major rodeo in Texas.
Shelly is one of the nation’s leading female television rodeo sportscasters and cutting horse breeders. She created the Coors Miss Rodeo program in 1980 and served as its first spokesperson, traveling the nation year-round to promote professional rodeos in the media, and working with rodeo committees and local Coors distributors. Shelly was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame (1990) and is a recognized veteran of equine sports broadcasting. As an avid cutting horse competitor, Shelly was twice named NCHA Celebrity Cutting Champion. She and her husband own Mowery Cutting Horses and Mare Care in Weatherford. She was awarded “Breeder of Champion” with her mare “Some Kinda Playgirl,” who produced the 1998 NCHA Open Futurity Champion, “Some Kinda Memories.” Shelly recently launched and appears on Western Lifestyles TV.com.
Mike was “Salt” of the bullfighting team “Salt and Pepper”. He started fighting bulls in 1974 at local jackpots and high school rodeos around Central Texas. Shortly after he started, he asked his old high school buddy, Leon Coffee, to join him. Leon knew nothing about fighting bulls but was pretty funny. So they teamed up with Mike teaching Leon about fighting bulls and Leon trying to teach Mike to be funny. Which Mike says never worked. Together they worked high school and amateur rodeos for Cecil and Alford Hill, Lester Meier and Gary Townsend from 1975 through 1978. At the end of 1978 they got their PRCA cards and went to work for Tommy and Bobby Steiner. In his first year in the PRCA, Mike was selected to work the Texas Circuit Finals and was 1st runner up for the NFR. The next year, 1980, Mike was chosen to fight bulls at the NFR in Oklahoma City with Rick Chatman and Ted Kimzey. In his career, Mike worked rodeos in Billings MT, Ft. Madison IA, Jackson MS, Kansas City MO, Montgomery AL, Calgary and Edmonton AB. He worked the first Wrangler Bull Fighting Match in Rapid City SD.
Don “Little Brown Jug” Reynolds
Billed as the “World’s Smallest Cowboy,” Don was in the saddle almost from the time he was out of diapers. He made his first public appearance in 1939 at age 2 at a rodeo in Eric, Oklahoma, trick riding and roping, and went on to travel the U.S./Canadian circuit with his dad. In 1943, Don was competing in roping, bulldogging, bareback bronc riding, and bull riding at Madison Square Gardens in New York when Roy Rogers recruited him for the movies. At age 7, he appeared in his first movie, “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” starring Rogers. He was the last actor to play “Little Beaver” in the Red Ryder movies. Don’s father taught him to train animals for rodeos, movies and television. Most recently, he trained “Shadowfax,” the beautiful white horse in the movie, “Lord of the Rings.” Don lives in Bowie, Texas.
J. W. Stoker
Dubbed “King of the Cowboy Trick Ropers,” J.W. began his career in 1939 at age nine, trick riding and roping for Clyde Miller and his Rodeo and Wild West Show in Overland Park, Kansas. He performed for seventy-five years in scores of rodeos nationwide, appeared on a Wheaties cereal box, and roped in three western movies. J.W. entertained troops during the Korean War; promoted Texas and the rodeo internationally, including performing for the Queen of England; performed at the Rose Bowl Parade; and rode in the inaugural parade of President Harry Truman. He is an inductee in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame, and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. J.W. still teaches roping and trick riding, and trains the Cowgirl Chicks rodeo entertainment team. He has lived in Weatherford, Texas, since 1969.
Charlie began working as a pick-up man at amateur rodeos at the ripe old age of sixteen. Since then, he has obtained his PRCA gold card for picking up at rodeos across the country, including ten years in Albuquerque, Austin, Denver, Houston, San Angelo, and San Antonio, as well as the Texas Circuit Finals and the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Charlie is an accomplished horseman and cowboy, and a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association. He has worked the job of pick-up man for fifty years and is still doing the job well. Charlie lives in San Angelo.
Ron has competed saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping and bull riding in PRCA rodeos since 1965. He was a PRCA judge for rodeos in Denver, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, as well as pick-up man for the Winston Rodeo Scoreboards (1977-1988). Ron worked the National Rodeo Finals for many years as a saddle horseman for timed events and gateman on the chutes. Over the years, he has judged, been pick-up man, and competed in running stock contractor outfits for more than twenty-five different stock contractors. Ron literally raised his family on the rodeo circuits. He lives in Trinity, Texas, where he still works the PRCA rodeo and has for the past twenty-one years.
At the age of 15, Morris Walker started competing in High School Rodeos always winning his share of roping events. In 1961 he entered the calf roping at the Amphi-theater in Chicago winning both go rounds plus the average. In 1962 joined the Rodeo Cowboy Association. This Cotulla, TX cowboy entered his first RCA rodeo, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and won the second go round and the calf roping championship. The next months, he continued to win and place and competed at the NFR. He placed at Cheyenne, Enid, Colorado Springs, San Antonio, Albuquerque, Houston, Mercedes, Fort Smith, Pendelton, Odgen and Salt Lake. He was a SRA Champion. Morris Walker lives on his ranch in South Texas. His peers say that he was born a cowboy, lives his life a cowboy and will die a cowboy.
Don is a champion bull rider, bareback rider, saddle bronc rider, bull-dogger from Olton, Texas. The list of rodeo titles he has won are, literally, too numerous to mention. From 1955 to 1961, Don won more than fifty individual rodeos and championships in his chosen events at local and regional rodeos throughout Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico. His titles include 1955 American Junior Rodeo Association (AJRA) World Champion Bareback Rider, 1955 AJRA World Champion Bull Rider, and 1958 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Champion Bull Rider. He was voted a NIRA Lifetime Member in 2012. Throughout his career, Don has actively served his community and promoted rodeo throughout the state of Texas. He lives in Lubbock.
Born near Houston in Yocham, Texas, David developed a love of rodeo at a young age. He joined the Texas Youth Rodeo Association (TYRA) and the Texas High School Rodeo Association (THSRA) in the late 70s and made the finals in both for four consecutive years, 1978-1981. From 1979 to 1985, David won numerous TYRA and THSRA calf roping and all-around championships. He was named PRCA Calf Roping Rookie of the Year in 1986, the year he joined the organization. In 1989, he went to the National Finals, where he won sixth place in the world standings. He also made the circuit finals for several years up to 1989. In 1990, On July 2, 1990, David was killed when the small, twin-engine plane in which he was riding crashed into Mount Rainier, Washington, killing him, the pilot, and three other PRCA cowboys aboard.
Born into a five-generation rodeo family, Dick hailed from Fort Worth, Texas. He was a four-time world champion bull rider, winning in successive years from 1939 to 1942, and an international champion trick rider. Dick was inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 1984 and into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1989. He passed away in 1984.
Dr. T. K. Hardy, DVM
Dr. Hardy’s love for roping was second only to his love of family. Known to his friends as “Doc” or “Podnah,” he was actively involved in team roping and steer roping for more than thirty years and was proud to be one of the original members of the Senior Steer Roping Association. He was a fixture at events like Windy Ryon Memorial Roping, San Angelo Roping Fiesta, Ben Johnson Memorial Roping, and OS Ranch Steer Roping, and any other roping event he could find time to attend. Doc may not have been a world champion or a qualifier to the National Finals, but he probably had more fans and friends than anyone who ever roped steers. In addition, he kept many contestants’ horses competing through his knowledge and dedication to rodeo and the equine industry.
Star Plauditt (Red)
Sherry Johnson bought Red when the Oklahoma Star was 8 years old. His bloodlines showed promise, so Sherry trained Red for six weeks around the barrel pattern and entered him at Denver, Colorado. She never placed below second until a hit barrel in the short round. During the Cheyenne Frontier Days, Red competed back-to-back as a barrel-racing horse at one end of the arena and a steer-wrestling horse at the other. His consistency and endurance was incredible. The only horse to ever win dual world championships, Red was 1962 World Steer Wrestling Champion and 1962 World Barrel Racing Champion. Sherry retired Red as a rodeo legend at the age of 18.
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