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National Rodeo Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2010

Ronald "Buddy" Lytle



Calf and Steer Roper, Steer Wrestler
PRCA Pro Official

Born in Sterling, Oklahoma, in 1940, Buddy Lytle started rodeoing in high school. He joined the RCA in 1958 and competed for several years at major venues around the West, such as Denver, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Cheyenne. He began his rodeo judging career in 1966 and soon became a PRCA Pro Official.

Lytle dedicated himself to the rodeo judging program, helping to write the PRCA’s first judging handbook and seeking to make arena judging as professional and equitable as possible. Over the decades he personally judged more than 25 rodeos a year, as well as judging more than 20 National Finals Rodeos during his career. In 2000, Lytle became one of the first PRCA field representatives, training prospective judges, holding seminars and updating the judging rules.

One of rodeo’s most respected and well-liked PRCA officials, Buddy Lytle passed from the arena in 2002. For his dedication to rodeo, he was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame in 2007 and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2008.

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