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National Rodeo Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1966
Doff Aber

Doff Aber



Saddle Bronc Rider, Champion, 1941-1942

One of rodeo’s great bronc riders, Doff Aber was born in 1908 at Wolf, Wyoming. Growing up on his father’s ranch, he learned to handle himself on bucking horses. He made his first professional ride at age 19, and he specialized only in saddle bronc contests when rodeoing.

During the late 1930s and early 1940s, Doff Aber won on such great bucking horses as Five Minutes to Midnight, The Crying Jew, Goodbye Dan, Duster, and Hell’s Angel. Noted for a slashing spurring style in time with his bronc’s movements, he captured the championship tide for two consecutive years. Aber was killed in an accident on his Fort Collins, Colorado, ranch in 1946.

Clifford P. Westermeier, author of “”Man, Beast, Dust””, established the “”Doff Aber Memorial Trophy”” in 1948, requiring a three-time winner for its retirement. Never won outright, the trophy was donated to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1972.”

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