Pete Marvel

Class of 2019

Peter Jenkins Marvel has been a Nevada ranch cowboy his whole life, but as a teenager and young adult he was also a talented bronc rider. He was born in Battle Mountain Nevada on March 1, 1957. Pete’s older brothers Tommy, Mike, and Joe were always there to influence and guide him along the way of his rodeo career.  At every practice, it was his father Tom Marvel, who provided an endless supply of bucking horses, was his coach, and his pick-up man. His beloved mother, Rosita, was always there to cheer him on with her love, prayers, and great food.

Pete credits his strong work ethic to his father, teaching him how to work hard at young age. Tom could proudly be heard saying, “Pete was the one that liked to work.” The influential cowboy, Jim Dorrance, was also a great inspiration and teacher to Pete. During long days cowboying with Jim, Pete learned integrity, patience, horsemanship, and how to be a cowboy. 

Pete remembers his desire to ride broncs resulting after a long cold day working on the family ranch with his brother Joe. They were broken down and cold after working cattle on the river; along came Mike on his way home from a rodeo.  Mike showed them the buckle he had just won at the Cow Place, and Pete quickly realized who was having more fun in their situation! 

At the age of 15, Pete got on his first bronc, and two years later, in 1975 he entered his first pro in Weiser, Idaho where he won his first pro-rodeo check. Pete competed in high school, college, and pro rodeos throughout Canada and the United States. He qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo and the Wilderness Circuit Finals.  During his time rodeoing Pete was honored to be in the company of many great saddle bronc legends like Rick and Bill Smith, Mike and Joe Marvel, Shawn Davis, John Holman, and Billy Stephens.

In 1978, at 21 years old he married childhood family friend, Kathi Filippini. A year later they welcomed twin daughters, Rosie and Natalie. Two tiny baby girls changed his life and priorities in a big way.  Pete switched his focus from riding broncs, to raising a family and ranching. In 1980 Pete took the opportunity to purchase cattle, and lease a ranch 50 miles from Battle Mountain, Nevada- his American dream was talking form. Seven years later his youngest daughter, Abbie, was born.

In 1990, Pete and Kathi purchased the ranch they live on today in Paradise Valley, Nevada. For the first 18 years on the ranch, his best cowboys were 3 little cowgirls, and Pete was there to build their character on the Nevada desert. Times change, and now Pete can be seen pushing cows from the air in his Super Cub.

Throughout the years of supporting his daughters in high school and college rodeo, Pete was always willing to help out and give back to the rodeo community. He has served as a rough stock judge, a pick up man, a turn back man, and a coach to many kids seeking his reserved knowledge.

Pete is truly honored to be inducted in the Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame. He is thankful for the countless friendships and fond memories he gained through the sport. Seeing the tradition of rodeo live on with his three daughters and their husbands, the extended Marvel and Filippini families, and especially his eight grandchildren are what make rodeo so special to him.

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