After Cowboy Church and a tasty lunch the Induction Ceremonies began with Darrell Barron, President, thanking everyone for coming and commented that his pro-active Board of Directors were the reason the entire event was so successful. Dennis Singleton from the Fort Worth City Council spoke briefly and commended the group and rodeo for it’s patriotism, it’s friendship and camaraderie.
Although the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame golf tournament on Thursday, sponsored by Little Red’s Saloon, was hampered by inclement weather with lots of lightning and thunder the teams with 144 players realized there was no way they could play, it was decided to draw to determine the winner.
The following Awards recipients were:
Johnny Boren Award: It was President Barron that presented it to Andra Beatty who worked diligently with High school rodeo teams, and also rode roughstock.
Resistol Horizon Scholarship Honoree Recipients were: Chisum Allen, Brinlee Freeman & Trace Harris
Special Logan Adams Scholarship recipient was Riley Harris and the Special Leonard Fluitt Scholarship recipient was Landris White.
Steven Kenyon, rodeo announcer and television personality on the Cowboy Channel, was the Master of Ceremonies, and was assisted by Ashley Polson, Miss North Texas High School Rodeo Association; Kendall Pearse the 2020/2021 Miss Rodeo North Texas Fair; and Cheyan Bland, 2020/2021 Miss Teen Rodeo North Texas Fair.
Inductee Honorees were:
Empty Saddle (deceased): Jasbo Fulkerson, outstanding rodeo clown that originated the barrel, he worked many rodeos including Fort Worth & Madison Square Garden. He was killed in 1949 in a truck accident; & Foy & Jody Reynolds, owners of Rockin’ R Rodeos, and Jody was an RCA trick rider.
Rodeo Organization: Tarleton State University Women’s Team for 1969, 1970, & 1971. They were National Champions when they won the NIRA Womens Team three years in a row over all college women’s teams in the U. S. Those on the team were: Karen Walls, Sally Preston, Angie Watts Averhoff, Vicki Higgins Emerson, Connie Wilkinson Wood, Sharon Harrison Youngblood and Martha Tompkins Jordan.
Rodeo Animal: Roughstock: Bodacious, 1995 & 1995 PRCA Bull of the Year, owned by Sammy Andrews. The bull died in 1999.
Rodeo Animal: Timed Event: A steer wrestling horse named Free Malone or “Jocko” . He carried 14 champions to a World title, in 15 years, and was steer wrestling horse for over 100 riders. Jocko was owned by Lloyd Hodges and lived to be 38.
Gold Card: Roy Angermiller, RCA National Finals steer wrestler many times, winning the Texas Circuit steer roping twice and tying the fastest steer at two PRCA National Finals steer roping; & Jim Houston, PRCA 1964 & ‘65 Bareback World Champion, and a successful riggin’ maker.
Western Heritage Award: Jerry Hill, when President of the Texas Professional Rodeo Association to merge with the Central Rodeo Association to merge, which they did then they formed the United Professional Rodeo Association (UPRA) to include 1600 contestants and 280 rodeos. Becky Frazier was also inducted as she worked along side Jerry in these endeavors.
Rodeo Personnel: Dollie Beutler Riddle, a trick rider for years, and is still a rodeo secretary for Beutler & Son Rodeo Company; & Vannie Halliday, pickup man for Harry Vold for many years, then worked for Mack Altizer and Walls Rodeo, among many others.
Women’s Contestants: Trina Powers Hadley, a team roping heeler; & Nancy Gault Mayes, a successful barrel racer who learned under Wanda Bush.
Men’s Contestants: Royd Doyal, PBR & PRCA NFR bull rider; Casey McGlaun was a roughstock rider who won the 1984 Texas PRCA Circuit Finals All-Around, and runner-up in the bull riding later he successfully trained roping horses; Matt Austin, PRCA bullrider winning the World Championship & NFR average in 2005; Leonard Fluitt, 1979 Steer Wrestling Rookie of the Year and a three-time qualifier to the Texas Circuit Finals; Jason Jeter, PRCA NFR bareback rider numerous times who was second in 2002 and won the average; Pete Hawkins, PRCA NFR bareback rider in late 1990s and early 2000s and was runner-up to the world championship in 1999.
For those who left before it was over, as Pete Hawkins said, “Their loss.” For those of us who stayed we have decided that Pete should make a career move and be a comedian on TV – He’s hilarious!
These inductees did many, many things in the world of rodeo, but to keep it brief only their major wins and activities are mentioned here. Go to the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame Facebook or website for more information.