Class of 2017
Harry Hamilton was born July 31, 1937 in American Falls, Idaho. He was raised and went to school in McCammon. He married Joy Walters in 1961 and they have two daughters Jacque and Gerry. He now has five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
In 1965, Harry started running his own cattle. In 1967 he started working for Central Nebraska Packing Plant buying horses, he continued this until 1993. Throughout his years he continued to run commercial cattle and pure bread Herford cattle as well as breeding, raising and training horses.
Rodeo has always been an important part of Harry’s life. In his younger years he was an active participant in team roping, calf roping, and steer wrestling in many rodeos across the Western states. He started a lifelong career as a pick up man in his twenties which carried through up into his sixties.
Harry was the advisor of district four High School Rodeo Association and served on the State High School Rodeo board. He was involved in helping high school kids, furnishing rodeo stock and picking up. Harry carried this enjoyment and accomplishment into the High School National Finals, College National Finals, Wrangler National Finals, and Dodge National Finals. He worked for many well-known Western State Rodeo stock contractors including Pope, Hoggan, Big Bend, Flying U, Western, Kirby, Servi, Vold, Sanky, Silver Lining, and Kesler Rodeo Companies. Harry trained all of his own saddle and pickup horses. He graciously shared these well broke horses with others at numerous rodeos as well as his grandchildren to meet their own rodeo accomplishments.
Some of Harry’s greatest rodeo achievements include:
Being a PRCA Gold Card Holder
Training his own saddle and pickup horses
Two time pickup man for the High School National Finals
Pickup man for the College National Finals
7-time pickup man for rough stock sale at Wrangler National Finals
Nine time pickup man for the Circuit Finals
Three time pickup man for the Dodge National Finals
Three time pickup man for the Coors Finals
Pickup man for the Wrangler National Finals
The sport of rodeo has been the greatest enjoyment in Harry’s life. He has great gratitude for the wonderful lifetime acquaintances and friendships he has had the privilege of acquiring along his journey. In his own words “I have been so lucky that I have been able to build a career that is my hobby and been able to achieve everything I have set out to accomplish in life.”