Wilbur Plaugher

Contract Personnel • Inducted 1990

In 1946, Wilbur Plaugher was the all-around champion at the Madison Square Garden rodeo in New York. His clowning career was born later that year when he was asked to fill in as a bullfighter. He was the PRCA Clown of the Year in 1982. Plaugher rode saddle broncs and bareback horses, but steer wrestling was his specialty. For years, it wasn’t unusual to see him wrestling steers in his baggy clown britches and grease paint. For decades, Plaugher, born March 13, 1922, in Lima, Ohio, was one of rodeo’s funniest clowns. His most popular act included trained ducks and dogs that doubled as rabbits and fighting bulls. The crowd favorite was having monkeys aboard dogs run a competitive barrel-racing pattern.



PRCA Clown of the Year


Born: March 13, 1922 in Lima, Ohio
Died: January 2, 2018 in Sanger, California

Rodeo Championships

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Fort Worth, Texas

Steer Wrestling: 1954

Reno Rodeo
Reno, Nevada

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1949

Grand National Stock Show & Rodeo
San Francisco, California

Steer Wrestling: 1965

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
San Antonio, Texas

Steer Wrestling: 1955, 1959, 1968

Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton, Oregon

Steer Wrestling: 1959 (tie)

World’s Oldest Rodeo Prescott Frontier Days
Prescott, Arizona

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1953
Steer Wrestling: 1953

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