Empty Saddles

Empty Saddles - Obituaries


 Garley Amos  

WINNEMUCCA, NV – Garley Amos was honored as the 2017 “Ranch Hand of the Year.” It wasn’t the first time the longtime Humboldt County resident, rancher, community enthusiast and activist was recognized for his contribution.

 Harry Vold  

By Jon Pompia
Courtesy Pueblo (CO) Chieftain

As immortalized in the title of a book on his storied life, Harry Vold was revered as the “Duke of Chutes,” one of only two contractors to have supplied stock for the entire 50-year-plus history of the Las Vegas-based Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Vold, 93, died early Monday (March 13, 2017) at his sprawling 30,000-acre ranch southeast of Pueblo.

 Hadley Barrett  

Courtesy PRCA

Sept. 18, 1929 – March 2, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association lost a legend March 2.

Announcer Hadley Barrett, who was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1999, passed away in the early morning hours of March 2 due to heart failure while at University Hospital in Denver, Colo. He was 87.

  Sept. 1, 1935 - Jan. 29, 2017

Arthur George Rodriguez Jr. passed away January 29 at the Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, Calif. Art was born in Watsonville, Calif., on September 1, 1935 to Arthur George Rodriguez and Lois May Harper-Rodriguez of Castroville.  

  Dale Smith on Poker Chip Peake

1928 - 2017

Dale Smith, an all-around timed-event cowboy from Safford, Ariz., died Jan. 15, 2017 in Stanfield, Arizona.

Smith won consecutive world team roping championships in 1956-57 and missed a third by just $13. In 1959 he went to the National Finals Rodeo in three events – team roping, tie-down roping and steer roping – becoming the first man in ProRodeo history to accomplish that feat.