Come Apart

Livestock • Bareback bronc • Inducted  1979

Come Apart, the sorrel nemesis of bareback bronc riders during the 1950s and 1960s, came out of rangeland south of Red Lodge, along the Wyoming-Montana border. He was first purchased by the late Leo J. Cremer, Montana rodeo stock contractor. Unlike most bucking stock, Come Apart had no set pattern of bucking. The rider never knew what to expect as the horse literally exploded into the arena. As early as 1952 cowboys considered him almost unrideable. Come Apart was selected as the best bareback bronc and won two more top awards in eight ensuing Finals. In 1967, still strong and healthy, Come Apart was bitten in the jugular vein by a rattlesnake. Efforts to save him failed. He was nearly 30-years old at the time of this death.

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