Steer Roping • Inducted 1979
From 1949-55, Howard Chouteau “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
Steer Roping: 1949, 1950, 1954, 1955
Born: January 23, 1925 in Lenapah, Oklahoma
Died: May 20, 2013 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma