Olin Young

Steer Roping • Inducted 1979

Although he achieved great fame as a tie-down roper, Olin Young won two world titles in steer roping. A superb all-around athlete, Young approached everything he did with the skill and technique of a craftsman, even when he was building corrals. Most of Young’s competitors believe he would have won several more championships had he traveled more on ProRodeo’s steer roping circuit. Also, in 1971, Young became the first to win four aggregate titles in tie-down roping at the National Finals Rodeo, which has since been matched by Joe Beaver (1996), Roy Cooper (1999) and Fred Whitfield (2002). He was New Mexico’s Athlete of the Year in 1970. He was born Sept. 11, 1936, in Lovington, N.M.



World Championships: 2

Steer Roping: 1971, 1974

National Finals Rodeo Average Champion

Steer Roping: 1967, 1974, 1977

Tie-Down Roping: 1959, 1962, 1963, 1971

Born: September 11, 1936 in Lovington, New Mexico

Rodeo Championships

Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Steer Roping: 1966, 1974

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo
Denver, Colorado

Tie-Down Roping: 1967, 1971

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Fort Worth, Texas

Tie-Down Roping: 1964, 1971

Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton, Oregon

All-Around: 1969
Tie-Down Roping: 1969

Grand National Stock Show & Rodeo
San Francisco, California

Tie-Down Roping: 1958, 1963, 1971

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