Gene Pruett

Saddle Bronc Riding • Inducted 1979

Saddle bronc rider Gene Pruett could ride any horse he was dealt, good or bad. Born Feb. 1, 1917, in Moscow, Idaho, to a pioneer family, he entered his first rodeo at age 17. In 1948, he won his first world title. In 1955, he called it quits at Madison Square Garden after making his 2,000th successful ride. He became editor of the Rodeo Cowboys Association’s (RCA) newspaper and in 1965 assumed the position of secretary/treasurer of the association until 1969. He died in 1987.

World Championship: 1 (1948)

Born February 1, 1917 in Moscow, Idaho
Died in 1987 in Lakewood, Colorado

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