The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy educates the public about rodeo, its history and impact on Western American culture, and provides recognition to rodeo notables of the past and present and serves as an inspiration for the future.
To bring an appreciation of the American Cowboy and the sport of professional rodeo to the hearts and minds of the public through education, recognition, inspiration and preservation.
The Elite of Professional Rodeo
The colorful history and equally colorful legends of professional rodeo live on at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Since the Hall’s opening in 1979, 279 people, 35 animals and 30 rodeo committees have been inducted. More than 100 individuals are nominated each year, but only a few are selected.
Be a Part of Rodeo History
Rodeo fans from around the world can help honor and preserve America’s original sport for generations to come by joining the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Membership Program. Memberships start as low as $75 a year.
"Western Art" Exhibit Now Open
The ProRodeo Hall of Fame’s latest exhibit in the 101 Gallery opens October 11th. It features various pieces of western art from the Hall’s permanent collections. The exhibit was spurred by an acquisition of four watercolor paintings by local artist Jo Gaston. These four pieces are close-up studies of saddles and bridles painted using layers of colors to create the warmth and depth of tooled leather. These paintings appear with artwork from the Artist and the Bucking Horse Collection. This collection came to the Hall in 1983 and features many different studies of the bucking horse in action. Bronze statues from J.P. Kelley, Edd Hayes, and Fredric Remington also appear in the exhibit. The exhibition will remain on display through the Spring of 2024.
ProRodeo Hall of Fame Receives Generous Donation from Raymond Kinter
ProRodeo Hall of Fame receives huge donation
Raymond C. Kinter, 80, passed away on Sept. 2, 2022. One of his passions was supporting institutions that keep the history of the Old West alive.
The ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo., was the beneficiary of the latter. Kinter’s estate recently donated $392,256 to the Hall of Fame.
“We are overwhelmed with this donation from Mr. Kinter’s estate,” ProRodeo Hall of Fame director Kent Sturman said. “His generosity matches the love he had for Old West history, the western lifestyle, and our western heritage. Mr. Kinter enjoyed visiting the Hall of Fame and always took an interest in the museum’s programs and projects. He assisted us with funding the historical photograph preservation project. He was happy that the saddle he donated was on display and we are proud to have it remain in the exhibit. We will soon find a way to honor Mr. Kinter and recognize his contributions to the Hall of Fame in a meaningful way.”
Kinter was born on Nov. 24, 1941, in Boston Mass. He worked as a teacher, principal and real estate investor after being honorably discharged from the Navy. He enjoyed trail riding, photography, and visiting art galleries. He was a member of Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Old West Museum, Fraternal Order of Eagles and a lifetime member of the American Paint Horse Association. He received the Presidential Citation from the optimist Club of Brighton, Colo., and was an Indiana University of Pennsylvania alumnus. Raymond was a founding member of the Back Country Horsemen of America.