2020 PRCA Annual Report


The ProRodeo Hall of Fame continues to welcome rodeo fans who want to see memorabilia of the sport’s historical icons, as well as members of the public who are eager to learn about rodeo.

A YEAR LIKE NO OTHER • 2020 was a very challenging year for the Hall of Fame due to coronavirus, Stay at Home Orders, lockdowns and closures. The Hall had to close for 91 days from March to June and again for the month of December and into January 2021. Events scheduled at the Hall were cancelled and induction weekend activities were postponed through 2021. 2020 NFR EVENTS • Legendary rodeo announcer Bob Tallman was honored as the 2020 Legend of ProRodeo at the Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala held at Billy Bob’s Texas in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. • The live auction at the Gala raised a record $57,450 for the Hall. The silent auction and other sponsorships raised an additional $18,514. • The annual Hall of Fame Golf Tournament fundraiser had a title sponsor for a second year of $8,000 from the Norris Foundation. Additional sponsorships for the event totaled $12,251.


• Launched a redesigned website for the Hall of Fame. The new site is mobile friendly, includes additional and updated content, videos, online gift shop sales and further biographical data on inductees. • The Hall received a grant for archival supplies from the Colorado Historical Records Advisory Board. • The Hall was selected as one of the Top 10 museums and art galleries in southern Colorado. • Completed the International Sports Heritage Association grant to rehouse the Hafley- Shelton Wild West Show Collection, the oldest collection owned by the Hall. The new archival storage containers for the artifacts will protect and preserve the aging items. • Raised just under 50% of the $95,500 required humidify, repair and digitize our panoramic and large rodeo photograph collection of 120 images dating back to 1919. The entire amount of matching funds and the project must be completed by the end of 2021. • New accessions for the Hall acquired in 2020 included over 150 items of Miss Rodeo America artifacts, memorabilia, awards and historical documents; Swede Henson clown sculptures; more than 200 rodeo photographs from Bob Kisken and a collection of past NFR jackets. for the matching funds Save America’s Treasurers Grant to preserve, restore, • The 2020 induction ceremony and related events were postponed through 2021 because of the pandemic. • The Class of 2020 honorees: tie-down roper and all-around cowboy Cody Ohl; bull rider Butch Kirby; barrel racer Martha Josey; stock contractor Jim Sutton; notable Randy Witte; contract personnel Sunni Deb Backstrom; the Ellensburg, Washington rodeo committee and bucking horse G-65 Grated Coconut.



2016 2017 2018 2019 2020


13,291 13,087 13,578





Museum admissions were down 52.5% and gift shop sales were down 35% in 2020 because of COVID-19 lockdowns, closures and restrictions.


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