Marty Wood

Saddle Bronc Riding • Inducted 1991

Marty Wood, who began his rodeo career as a bareback rider and bull rider, made his mark in ProRodeo in saddle bronc riding. During his career, he won three world titles, three Canadian Professional Rodeo Association championships and the aggregate crown at every major rodeo in the United States. In 1974, he was saddle bronc riding’s biggest money winner.

Born June 4, 1933, in Bowness, Alberta, Wood’s first love was baseball. Although an early ankle injury took baseball out of the picture, it had no effect on his ability in rodeo.

He was known for his colorful style, which also included incredible balance and ability to anticipate the horses’ moves. Speculation is these two key skills were developed when he rode the jumping horses his father raised and trained.

The USA’s first glimpse of this talented rider was in 1953 when, as an amateur, he won saddle bronc riding and most of the day money in Omaha (Neb).


Accolades

Biography

World Championships: 3

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1958, 1964, 1966

National Finals Rodeo Average Champion

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1966

Born: June 4, 1933 in Bowness, Alberta
Died: August 10, 2019 in Pendleton, Oregan


Rodeo Championships

Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1974

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo
Denver, Colorado

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1964

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
San Antonio, Texas

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1958, 1968

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Fort Worth, Texas

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1957, 1966

Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton, Oregon

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1961, 1971

World’s Oldest Rodeo Prescott Frontier Days
Prescott, Arizona

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1970

Grand National Stock Show & Rodeo
San Francisco, California

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1956

Reno Rodeo
Reno, Nevada

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1958, 1960, 1964


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