Larry's ancestors came to Salmon River and the New Meadows valley in 1862.

When he was born he lived on his grandparents’ ranch at White Bird, ID. When he was 12 years of age his dad and brother started colts at the Riggins Rodeo grounds. 

Larry entered his first rodeo at Riggins at the age of 13 and placed in a go 'round and team roping. He qualified for the State High School rodeo all four years of high school. In high school he worked the calf roping, team roping, bull dogging, and rode bulls.

In 1969 Larry went to Blue Mountain Community College on a rodeo scholarship. He worked the same events, except for team roping, plus ribbon roping. He could always place in both high school and college events. He rodeoed in amateur rodeos in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Colorado. He placed and won in several rodeos.

In 1972 he had the opportunity to learn how to build saddles and work in other leather work, which he still does today. He was invited to a juried saddle maker’s show at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2004. Larry made all of the Charlie Stovner’s Memorial bronc saddles for the ICA year end.

The Blue Mountain Community college rodeo team has practiced at his place for the past 10 years, and they are looking forward to the 16/17 year. He also helps with the local Rodeo Bible Camp in Pendleton.

Since 2004, Larry and his wife have been judging and timing rodeos for the ICA, Prowest NPRA, and High Schools. They have been honored to judge the finals for the ICA and Prowest Finals.

They have promoted the Western way of life their whole lives. As Larry says, "Be blessed and Let’er Buck!"

Larry Smith

Class of 2017

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