- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - Longtime Belle Fourche rodeo cowboy and entertainer Jerry LaRue Olson is the newest member of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Olson, 80, was inducted Saturday at the museum in Oklahoma City, adding to his list of honors.

Olson entered his first rodeo in bareback riding and tie-down roping in 1947. He saw greater success in steer wrestling, making the National Finals Rodeo in 1969. Olson also made a name for himself as a rodeo clown, and he and his father, LaRue Olson, trained buffalo and horses to perform in the arena.

Olson is one of only three people to have been to the National Finals Rodeo as both a contestant and a contract act. He also served on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association board of directors for two terms.

He was inducted into the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center in 1994, the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2001 and the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2004.

“This is the most honorable hall of fame I’ve been part of,” Olson told the Black Hills Pioneer (https://bit.ly/1MDvyDt ) shortly before traveling to Oklahoma City for the ceremony at the Rodeo Hall of Fame there. “It’s a great honor to be inducted.

“The people I performed to are just as responsible,” he said. “Without them and my family, there wouldn’t have been anything.”

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Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, https://www.bhpioneer.com


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