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ProRodeo Hall of Fame will welcome 8 people, 1 bull

BY BRANDI PEREZ, THE GAZETTE Updated: July 10, 2007 at 12:00 am
The 28th induction of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame on Saturday will honor eight people and a three-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Bull of the Year.
“It’s the ultimate honor that can be bestowed on any athlete,” said inductee Dan “Bud” Munroe. “It’s a little overwhelming.” Munroe was the world champion saddle bronc rider in 1986. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 12 consecutive times (1977-88). Munroe, 55, retired in 1989 after 14 years of competing and operates a cattle order buying company, Gibbs Cattle Co. “All my idols and heroes are in” the Hall of Fame, he said. “To be included with them is just fantastic. In my era of bronc riding there were like 11 guys I actively competed against and that makes it special.” The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo begins today and runs through Sunday at the Norris-Penrose Events Center. The 2007 class has a variety of inductees. “There are four former world champion cowboys, Lecile (Harris) who’s a four-time PRCA Rodeo Clown of the Year, Michael Gaughan, who played a major role in moving the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to Las Vegas,” said Jim Bainbridge, PRCA senior public relations coordinator. Harris, 70, was PRCA Clown of the Year in 1992 and 1994-96. He entertained crowds for more than 40 years and is working on new acts. Dorothy Apodaca, who died in 1992, was a rodeo secretary for 22 years. She traveled with her husband Jim, attending rodeos. She worked as a secretary and he competed. Douglas Corey, a large animal veterinarian, was a leading force in the animal welfare industry for more than 25 years as a PRCA volunteer. “It was his proposal that led to the policy of having a veterinarian on site at every PRCA rodeo,” Bainbridge said. Back-to-back world champion steer roper Jim Davis will also make his way into the hall. Davis, 51, was second four times at the world championships and qualified for the National Finals steer roping 19 times. He said he is honored to be in the Hall of Fame with steer roping legends Olin Young, Sonny Davis and Guy Allen. “I never considered I’d get to hang my hat beside theirs,” Davis said. “It’s been a fun way to make a living.” Gaughan, 64, played a major role in the development of the NFR when it was brought to Las Vegas in 1985. A member of the Las Vegas Events Board for 17 years, he helped make it the richest rodeo in the world. Two-time world champion bull rider Ronnie Rossen qualified for the NFR eight times. He died in 1991 at an event in Rocky Ford after a bull stepped on his chest. Joe Glenn, a two-time world champion team roper, qualified for the NFR seven times with his last appearance in 1970 at 56. He also had seven top-five finishes in the world standings. Skoal Pacific Bell, a 1,750-pound bull, is the only three-time PRCA Bull of the Year, earning the distinction from 1988-90. Pacific Bell died in 1993 at the age of 10. ProRodeo Hall of Fame events begin with a Special Olympics rodeo at 1 p.m. today. The induction ceremony is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at PRCA headquarters. CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0215 or brandi.perez@gazette.com PRORODEO HALL OF FAME EVENTS “Special Rodeo” at the PRCA headquarters (101 ProRodeo Drive) today 1-3 p.m. “Sponsor Tent” at the Norris-Penrose Events Center Thursday 4:30-7:30 p.m. Golf Invitational and Fundraiser Friday at The Broadmoor 7:30 a.m. shotgun start. Induction Ceremony on Saturday at PRCA headquarters 10 a.m.-noon Lunch and entertainment Saturday at PRCA headquarters noon-2 p.m. Sonny Burgess concert Saturday at the Norris-Penrose Events Center 9:15 p.m.-midnight Visit prorodeo.com for more information or call 528-4764.
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