Glen Franklin won three world championships in four years. Born March 18, 1936, in House, N.M., Franklin carried a rope when he was still wearing diapers and put his loop on any dog, chicken or human that got within range. A natural athlete, he was on the New Mexico state high school basketball team the same year he won his state high school tie-down roping title. His talent aroused the interest of tie-down roping great Troy Fort, who thought so highly of Franklin’s ability that he turned the great Streak, Fort’s best horse, over to Franklin. Later, Franklin paid $300 for a horse called Red Light, a horse that turned out to be a natural and was greatly responsible for Franklin’s back-to-back championships. Never content with the constant travel required to compete fulltime in professional rodeo, Franklin virtually retired after winning his third title and went into ranching.
World titles: 3 (1965, 1967-68)