Class of 2021
As a young man, rodeo was Jim’s passion. After only 6 amateur rodeos, he joined the Rodeo Cowboys Association. Jim qualified for the very first National Finals Rodeo in Dallas Texas in 1959. From 1959 to 1964 he qualified for the finals 5 times in Saddle Bronc and Bareback events. Jim won the Bareback Championship at the Snake River Stampede in 1957. Jim won the Saddle Bronc in Fort Worth Stock Show in 1960, and was the Bareback Champion at the 1962 Calgary Stampede. Jim was the All-Around Champion several times at the Caldwell Night Rodeo where he went on to serve on the board and take a turn as president. While riding at the Salinas Rodeo, Jim took notice of the stock horse classes and became friends with Johnny Brazil who got a kick out of this bronc rider being interested in the finely tuned horses. Jim retired from Rodeo in 1965, after suffering a ruptured disk in his back.
Jim became deeply involved with the cow horse world. He was one of the founders of the Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association which held its first Futurity in 1975. Jim placed second in that first futurity and two years later won it on Nik Nack. Together Jim and Carlene and the boys built Roeser Training Stables into one of the finest training and breeding facilities in the Northwest.
Jim remains the only man in history to have qualified for both the NRCHA Futurity finals, and the National Finals Rodeo.
Jim’s legacy goes far beyond great horses and continues through his sons.