Class of 2019
The Life and Times of Hank Williams
Born May 26th, 1955 in American Falls, Idaho.
My dad Willis Williams was a rodeo announcer for Curly Angel and Jake Pope. My love for rodeo started at a very young age. I can remember when my dad took me to see Bob A Robison, when he lived in Tuttle, to talk to me about rodeoing. Seeing his World Champion Saddle made me more determined.
I wrestled and rodeoed through High School, making State in Wrestling and Nationals in Rodeo. I rodeoed for Rick’s College for one year before moving to the Bay City area in California to work at the race track and rodeo.
I rode bulls my senior summer, making Eastern Idaho Rodeo Association Finals. It helped pay my way through college.
While in California, I was taught the great sport of Polo. Even got to meet some of the Oakland Raider, who’d come out to play pasture polo with us. After moving back home, I sold everything and traveled down the road rodeoing. I even went back to the last rodeo that was held in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
I moved to Jerome, ID in 1983. My daughter was in High School. I had a bucking machine and a trampoline, and the kids wore out both.
I won my fair share of rodeos, riding horses like Alley Cat of Kinby’s, Newtons Classic of Cotton’s, and Billy Buck of Riley’s. I made the Wilderness Circuit Finals a few times, and was elected Bareback Director as well.
In 1988 I was injured in Ogden Pioneer Days by hanging up to 103 No Dough of Cohows. This ended my Bareback career.
I judged my first High School rodeo in 1982, and have been judging ever since. In 1989 I became a wrangler reserve official, judging many of the major rodeos west of the Mississippi. It seemed like all I did was travel and judge. Some say I am crazy for judging, but I enjoy watching the kids grow and get better. Besides, when it comes to rodeo, all these kids are mine.
I now live in Filer, ID with my wife Sandi Biewald, where we raise and train barrel racing horses.