Steer Roper, Champion, 1945-1946, 1948, 1951, 1959, 1962
Recognized as one of rodeo’s greatest steer ropers, modest, unassuming Everett Shaw ranked in the event’s top five in 15 of 21 seasons from 1945 through 1965. Born in 1908 on a farm near Nowata, Oklahoma, in 1926 he entered rodeo as a calf roper.
Everett Shaw captured the calf-roping title at every major venue and took top honors at Madison Square Garden in 1934, 1936, and 1939. But in his prime, steer roping was his specialty. Roping off his bay gelding, Peanuts, Shaw threw a fast, hard loop and usually finished in the money. In a five-decade career he garnered the championship a record-setting six times (and was runner-up four times), beating all-time greats Ike Rude, Bob Crosby, and Shoat Webster. Shaw was among the founders of the Cowboys Turtle Association in 1936.
After winning his last roping event in 1977, Everett Shaw retired to his ranch near Stonewall, Oklahoma. In May, 1979, the Oklahoma State Senate passed a special resolution commending him as one of Oklahoma’s greatest cowboys. Six months later he passed away.