HELP US FIND THE 2009 HONOREES. LOOK OVER THE FOLLOWING LISTS AND MAKE A NOTE FOR US OF THE WHEREABOUTS, MARRIED NAMES, ETC. OF THE CONTESTANTS FROM 1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, and 1999. We have listed the top four finishers for each event for each year but all contestants, student directors, and faculty directors for those years are urged to attend.
1949—The First NIRA Finals, Cow Palace, San Francisco, California
Men’s Team-1. Sul Ross State College; 2. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo ; 3. University of Wyoming.
There were no women contestants at the first finals.
Bareback: 1. Harley May, Sul Ross, deceased; 2. Norman McNew, U of New Mexico; 3.Dale Stiles, U of Wyoming, deceased; 4. Buster Lindley, Sul Ross.
Saddle Bronc: 1. Stiles; 2. Bill Whitney, UWY, deceased; 3.May; 4. Cotton Rosser, Cal Poly, SLO.
Tie Down Roping: 1. Eldon Dudley, Oklahoma A&M; 2. Tuffy Cooper, U of New Mexico; 3. Boog Trainham, New Mexico A&M; 4/5. Rosser, . Andrew Cruse, Colorada A&M.
Steer Wrestling:1. Tom Hadley, NM A&M,deceased; 2. Les Pyeatt, Colorado A&M; 3. Trainham; 4. Eugene Pedersen, Montana State.
Wild Cow Milking: 1. Bob Sauke, Montana State; 2. Gene Newman, Sul Ross; 3. Rosser; 4. Dick Thompson, U. of New Mexico.
Eighty four contestants took part in the First NIRA Finals. We would like to invite them to come to Casper for the Sixtieth Finals.
They are listed here by the school they attended.
Arizona State: Henry Burns, Thomas Johnson, Stuart Jones, Don Martin, Rusty Steward and Calvin Stuart.
Cal Poly/San Luis Obispo: Tom Andre, Lem Boughner, Robert Doner, Dick Hutchinson, Cotton Rosser, Henry Winter.
Colorado A&M: Billy Bashor, Andrew W. Cruse, Tommy Kuiper, Danny Marioni, Les Pyeatt, Dick Ritchey.
Fresno State: Wilton S. Bools, Tommy Gatewood, Presley Schmall, Francis Springer, Jerry Taylor, Al Veater.
Kansas State: Frederick L. Bennett, John Finley, Dick Jepsen, Darold Marlow, Bud Nace, Willard Phillips.
Montana State; Edwin Atkins, William C. Cornelius, Charlie Dunning, Perry Moore, Eugene Pedersen, Bob Saucke.
New Mexico A&M: Clyde Gossett, Tom Hadley, Punk Hennigan, Harry Hopson, Ham Scott, Boog Trainham.
Oklahoma A&M: Billy Brown, Eldon Dudley, A.T. Ferree, Garland Kelley, John Pritchett, Dale Reagan.
Pierce College: Dave Clark, Dutch Hoffman, Bud Penland, Buford”Corky” Randall, Rodney Renting, Dan Rogers.
Sul Ross College: Hank Finger, Charles Hall, Bub Hull, Buster Lindley, Harley May, Gene Newman.
Texas A&M: G.C. Damuth, Earl Guthrie, Charlie Rankin, J.E. Sauls, James P. Wood.
Texas Tech: Tommie Bell, Jim Easley, Bud Halsell, Bob Morris, John Wilson, B.F.Yeates.
University of New Mexico: Jack Cargill, Tuffy Cooper, John Daniel, Jon Frost, Norman McNew, Richard Thompson.
University of Wyoming: Pete Dalzell, John Gammon, Bob Laramore, Fran Marsh, Dale Stiles, Bill Whitney.
1949 Board of Directors: Charlie Rankin, TXA&M. Joe Forney, COA&M. Evelyn Bruce Kingsbery, Sul Ross, J. H. Foss, WA State, Perry Clay, Uof WY, R.S. “Dick” Kelley, NMA&M.
1959 Klamath Falls, Oregon
Men’s Team: McNeese State, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Bareback: 1/2. Dick, Henson, ID State;Larry O’Neill, Uof TX; 3. Jim Bausch, Sul Ross, deceased. 4. Jim Miller, McNeese.
Saddle Bronc: 1. Gary Gregg, Oregon Tech; 2. Bud Clemons, CO State; 3. Bausch; 4. E.M. Holt, Jr., Houston State.
Tie Down Roping: 1. Jack Burkholder, TXAI deceased; 2. Myrl Goodwin, ID State; 3.Tommy Flenniken, McNeese; 4. Bill Nielson, Cal Poly, SLO.
Ribbon Roping: 1. Nielson; 2. Flenniken;,3. Tom Tuell, CO State4. W.A Johnson, NM State.
Steer Wrestling: 1. Jack Roddy, CalPoly/SLO; 2. Joyd Jones, Sul Ross; 3. Gregg Bollich, McNeese; 4. Pete Lewis, Sul Ross.
Bull Riding: 1. Freddie Kist, Dickinson State; 2. Floyd Heckler, Houston 3. Jerry Moore, Houston; 4. Mickey McCarty, U of Arizona.
Barrel Race ; 1.Mike Reid Settle, West Texas; 2. Pat Dunigan Marr, NM State; 3. Margaret Milne, UWY, deceased. 4. Carol Truman Wuthier, Arizona State University, deceased.
Optional Event: 1. Dunigan Marr; 2. Merna Muller, Cal Poly/SLO;3. Milne; 4. Donna Nelson, UWY.
Men’s All Around: 1. Roddy; 2. Edd Workman,Lubbock Christian College; 3. Clemmons; 4. Jim Miller, McNeese.
Goat Tying: 1. Patty J. O’Maley, Idaho State University; 2. Adair; 3. Jimmi Jo Martin, University of Wyoming. 4. Shanna Lee Newland, Tarleton State University.
Men’s All Around: 1. Ty Murray;. 2. Lensegrav; 3. Rex Lee Phillips, CalPoly/SLO; 4. Larsen..
Women’s All Around: 1. Cathy Lynn Dennis; 2. Julie Adair; 3. Shannon Lynn Lord; 4. Julie Bellmeyer, University of Arizona.
Student Board of Directors: Rocky Patterson, Molly McAuliffe Hepper, Pat Hamilton, Joseph Jones, Troy Peterson, Steve Wallace, Daryl Livingston, Allen Stutzman, Anita Balch Hudson, HadleyReed, Jeff Fontes.
Men’s Team: Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Oklahoma
Women’s Team: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Saddle Bronc: 1. Jerad McFarlane, Blue Mountain Community College; 2. Lance Adam Gaillard, West Texas A&M; 3. Shane Allen Moran, Western Montana College; 4. Jerry Angell, Idaho State University.
Bareback: 1. Jacob Hayworth, Western Montana College; 2. Davey Shields, Southwestern Oklahoma State; 3. Clark Dees, Southwestern Oklahoma 4. Joshua Duane Molnar, Blue Mountain Community College.
Bull Riding: 1. William Farrell, Chadron State College; 2. Corey Navarre, Southwestern Oklahoma State; 3. Marcus Michaelis, Treasure Valley Community College; 4. Cody Wayne Bequeath, Treasure Valley Community College.
Tie Down Roping: 1. Matthew Otto, Dickinson State; 2. Kurt Kiehne, Tarleton State:
Split 3 and 4: Charles Will Wagner, Montana State and Justin Patrick Holland, National American University.
Steer Wrestling: 1. Bryant Mikkelson, University of Montana; 2. Robert Barton, Walla Walla Community College; 3. Brady Victor Brower, Idaho State University; 4. Daniel Scott Adams, Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Team Roping: 1. Matthew Douglas Funk, Lewis-Clark State College, Kain Keith Garcia, Blue Mountain Community College; 2. Trey Thomas Miller, New Mexico Stat University, Charly B. Crawford, Central Arizona College.
Barrel Racing: 1. Jennifer Smith, Tarleton State; 2. Kimberly Green, Howard County Community College; 3. Nancy Parliament, Colby Community College; 4. Jolene Kay Thompson, South Dakota State University.
Breakaway Roping 1. Stacie Sorenson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; 2. Bryel Zancanella, University of Wyoming; 3. Kathryn Stewart, Central Washington Unversity; 4.Cally Ann Goyins, Western Montana College.
Goat Tying: 1. Jill Lynn Childers, Western Texas College; 2. Mary Ann Barrow, Southwestern Oklahoma State; 3. Karielyn Stalley, Panhandle State University; 4.:Lacey Lynn Jones, Tarleton State.
Men;s All Around: 1.Bryant Mikkelson, 2. Jacob Hayworth; 3. Justin Patrick Holland; 4. Charles Wagner.
Women;s All Around: 1. Jennifer Smith; 2. Mary Ann Barrow; 3. Stacie Sorenson,; 4. Carissa Shearer, Missouri Valley College.
Student Board of Directors: Trey Miller, Jason Harris, Karielyn Stalley, Brad Kreikemeier, Misty Williams, Diehl Hiner, Jolyn Lowry, Shane Draper, Randy Hebert, Ben Clements, Dana Marcus.,