Wayne Stroud was born July 31, 1935 in San Antonio, Texas. He participated in rodeos in high school and in 1954 qualified in the bareback riding in Hallettsville, Texas for the National High School Finals in Rapid City, South Dakota. He competed in the bareback riding, bull riding and steer wrestling in Rapid City.
Wayne was a member of the SRA (Southwestern Rodeo Association) and joined the RCA (Rodeo Cowboy Association) in the 1950’s. He had a team of steer wrestling horses and traveled to major and amateur rodeos. A lot of the steer wrestlers rode his team of horses. His friend Horace Delma Fluitt supplied part of the team until his untimely death in 1963. Wayne had a lot of good horses, Mutt and Pico; Shorty and Minnie Gravy were just a few.
Wayne set an arena record in 1964 at the Houston Rodeo, held in the Sam Houston Coliseum. He rodeoed in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s and then moved into the race horse business.
Wayne has helped on the calf scramble at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo for the last 32 years. He served on the Wilson county 4H and FFA Stock Show committee for 10 years.
He served 12 years as Wilson County Commissioner and served as a director of Capital Farm Credit for 29 years.
Wayne has two children, son Brian Stroud and wife Dana, and daughter Debbie Johnson and her husband Daryl. His two grandchildren are Cooper Mayo and Caylynn Johnson, all live in the Stockdale area.
For the last 47 years Wayne has ranched in Stockdale, Texas, he and his son Brian operate Stroud Racing Stable. He raised and owns the horse Classified Bull, who has been the AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) Texas High Point Aged Racing Stallion for the last four years.
Wayne is a member of the AQHA and the Texas Quarter Horse Association; he is still very involved with race horses and rodeo.