Howard Chouteau “Shoat” Webster

Steer Roping • Inducted 1979

From 1949-55, “Shoat” Webster dominated steer roping, winning four world championships and twice finishing runner-up. Webster also gained permanent possession of the Sam Jackson all-around cowboy trophy at the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up by winning it three times in a row (1949-51). Webster’s colleagues on the professional rodeo circuit believe he could have won even more world titles had he traveled more. Webster’s best known steer roping horse was a roan Hancock gelding named Popcorn. A direct descendant of a pioneer family, Webster, born Jan. 23, 1925, in Lenapah, Okla., did not go hard on the circuit much, instead putting his priorities on taking care of ranching interests.

World championships: 4 (1949-50, 1954-55)

Born January 23, 1925 in Lenapah, Oklahoma
Died May 20, 2013 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma

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