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National Rodeo Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2010
Larry Kane

Larry Kane



Saddle Bronc Rider

Born at Big Sandy, Montana, in 1938, Larry Kane started riding rough stock as a boy in his father’s corral and commenced riding saddle broncs competitively in 1955. Standing only about 5′ 4’’ and weighing less than 120 pounds, he became known as rodeo’s “Little Giant.” He won the RCA Rookie of the Year title in 1960 at the start of his professional career.

During the early 1960s, Kane qualified for the NFR four times in four years, achieving a fourth place ranking in 1962. Upon leaving the competitive arena, he worked for eight years with the Beutler Brothers and Cervi Rodeo Company as an arena pickup man, and was selected for that role at the 1970 NFR. He also rode saddle broncs for the company, and was the first hand to ride Descent, six-time rodeo Bucking Horse of the Year.

Through his life in rodeo, Larry Kane developed a reputation as a great all-around rider, horse trainer and pickup man. In later years he worked as a regular hand for the Hershey Ranch in Wisdom, Montana. Kane passed away in 2008.

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