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National Rodeo Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1980
Herman Linder

Herman Linder



All-Around Champion Cowboy, Canada, 1931-1936, 1938

Probably the greatest contender ever to represent Canada, Herman Linder was born in 1907 at Darlington, Wisconsin. As a youth he moved with his family to Cardston, Alberta, Canada, and entered his first competitive rodeo there in 1924.

Herman Linder started on the big-time circuit as a bronc rider and steer roper in 1929 at Calgary. There he built a record of 22 Stampede titles over a ten-year period, a tally never likely to be surpassed. He was crowned all-around champion of Canada seven times while contesting in saddle-bronc and bareback-bronc riding, steer riding, and calf roping.

Over his career, Herman Linder gathered trophies in Canada, the United States, England, and Australia. After retiring from active competition in 1939, he managed or produced many Canadian rodeos and introduced many fine bucking horses from the Blood Indian Reservation to the circuit. He died in 2001.

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