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Buff Brady



Year Inducted: 1992

Buff Brady

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Rodeo Trick Roper

Born at Butte, Montana, in 1918, Buff Brady came from a rodeo family. His father, Buff, Sr., was a bulldogger, trick rider, and show producer. Buff, Jr. started in rodeo in 1929 and in his early years worked the Northwest circuit. His first juvenile trick-roping title came at Trenton, New Jersey, in 1931.

One of rodeo’s top trick-roping stars, Brady amazed audiences with such feats as roping and catching five horses in one throw. He could turn a complete somersault in the saddle while lassoing a passing horse. He contested in trick roping at Madison Square Garden from 1942 through 1948, earning a championship title. Buff Brady’s Acrobatic Trick Roping headlined at all of the country’s top rodeos.

Brady made an easy transition from rodeo to movies in 1948. He performed in such movies as “The Horse Soldiers” and “The Big Country”. His television credits include episodes of “Stony Burke”, “Zorro”, “Bat Masterson”, “Paladin”, and “Wagon Train”.

Buff Brady passed away in 2004.

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