Ropers Sports News • August 2023

AUGUST 2023 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS PAGE 5 Man.” He didn’t seek attention nor boast about his accomplishments throughout the years. That was just who he was. However, after being selected as a pickup man for the National Finals Rodeo seven times, he didn’t go unnoticed by the ProRodeo Hall of Fame selection committee. Clabaugh got the call of a lifetime from the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and was inducted Saturday. “Oh my gosh, this means everything,” Clabaugh said. “I’m still in a state of shock. I never thought I would ever be close (to being in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame).” Clabaugh was selected to work the NFR in 1983, 198688, 1990-91, and 1994. He had the opportunity to pick up a handful of guys who are already in the Hall and even one joining him in 2023. The honor makes him only the second pickup man to ever be inducted, joining Charles “Lefty” Wilken, who was inducted in 1999 after 10 trips to the Finals. The Wyoming cowboy worked many rodeos throughout his ProRodeo career, which came to an end in 2000. He was a pickup man at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in Rapid City, S.D., with partner Steve Sutton for nearly 30 years. “The people, the rodeos, the cowboys, it was all good,” Clabaugh said. “The key for me was I had good partners and good horses.” Knowles immortalized forever in Hall The voice of Butch Knowles is one of the most recognizable in the sport of rodeo. Knowles has been in the broadcast booth for every National Finals Rodeo dating back to 1988. His dedication to the 24155 N. Hwy 99, Acampo Hwy 99 & Jahant Rd. (209) 334-9600 (800) 835-1554 Sales Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm • Sat: 9am-3pm FULL SERVICE AND PARTS DEPARTMENT Welding | Wiring | Hitches & More Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm "WE LIVE THIS LIFE" New 2023 Elite 3 Horse BP Horse Trailer with Ramp Upgraded 7’6” width, Aluminum Wheels, Drop Down Window Bars, Blanket Bar - Swing Out, Fold Up Step and Swing Out Saddle Rack. 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His youngest son Statler Wright is in his second year on his PRCA card, and his career has been highlighted by two wins at the storied Reno (Nev.) Rodeo in 2021 and 2022. “Being able to do this with my family has probably been the most memorable thing and watching all their accomplishments along with all of mine,” Cody said. “There’s nothing better than to see your kids and your family do great as well. I always feel like the better they do, the better I do.” Gellerman honored to be part of ProRodeo Hall of Fame Doyle Gellerman has been a staple in the team roping world for the last 40 years and will now forever be enshrined as an inductee into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. “It has sunk in all right and it sunk all the way in when it happened (July 15),” Gellerman said. “This is something I never thought would happen to me. I never thought I would ever be going into the Hall of Fame, but here I am going in and what a great honor. It means the world to me.” In 1981, Gellerman, a header, roping with partner Walt Woodard, shared the team roping world championship. Gellerman and Woodard each ended the season with $48,818 – back when only one team roper typically earned a gold buckle. Not until 1995 were separate PRCA header and heeler world championships awarded. The title fulfilled a dream for Gellerman. “I would have to say winning the world championship and the friendships I have,” Gellerman said when asked of his fondest rodeo memories. “I probably had 400 or more text messages or calls from people who I met from rodeo congratulating me. Winning the world championship was my main goal. I did want that one.” Just a few years before Gellerman and Woodard were the 1979 co-reserve world champions. Gellerman was also reserve world champion in 1990, and he was the 1995 header reserve world champ. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 25 times, the fifth most by any team roper in PRCA history. 12 of those selections came while Gellerman and Woodard were roping together from 1977-85 and they teamed up again from 1992-94. Kenny Clabaugh realizes HOF induction Kenny Clabaugh has always been known for helping others, whether that was inside the arena or out of it. By nature, Clabaugh wasn’t about the spotlight at all, hence his nickname “The Invisible See PRORODEO HALL OF FAME On Page 6

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