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National Rodeo Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1984
Howard McCrory

Howard McCrory


South Dakota

Steer Wrestler

Born in 1913 and raised on a ranch in southeastern Montana, Howard McCrorey learned to break horses and work cattle at a young age. He entered rodeo in the late 1920s and won his first prize in saddle bronc riding in 1927 at Circle, Montana.

In a three-decade career Howard McCrorey made all of the big shows in the nation. At first a bronc rider, the six-foot-four, 240-pound cowboy later specialized in steer wrestling. He appeared at Madison Square Garden 22 times, winning the bulldogging championship trophy in 1940 and 1941. He won that event twice at the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show rodeo as well.

After service in the Navy in World War II, Howard McCrorey returned to the arena but retired in the 1940s. He worked in Hollywood as a double for Randolph Scott and Gary Cooper. In later years he founded Vipont Chemical Company, a pharmaceutical manufacturer. McCrorey ranched near Hudson, Wyoming, until his death in 1985.

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