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Induction Category & YearProfessional 1992
Home TownZiebach County, SD
Rapid City, SD

   Delbert (Bud) Day
Champion of Excellence

 Bud and his wife, Iris, were instrumental in forming a new group of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. They held services in their indoor barn and arena. Bud also was a strong leader in our South Dakota Rodeo Association and the Northwest Ranch Cowboy Association, serving as president and director for many years.

Life for Bud hasn’t been easy. He received the Purple Heart for injuries received in the Korean War. Bud has lost two sons, one who was a champion and rodeo hero, and he has four girls who are deaf but are all grown and raising families in South Dakota. They traveled great distances in the early years for schooling and speech therapy so the girls could communicate. Bud has suffered from severe arthritis for years but still manages to rope and ride with the best of them. He has even postponed hip replacement several times due to calving season. <p>One time Bud was at a rodeo in Winner and asked his Uncle Derril Griffith to go to the truck and get him some medicine. When Derril got back Bud was being hauled away in an ambulance and all purple. It turns out Bud had an allergic reaction. The rodeo committee held his horse for him and when he got out of the hospital the next day he rode his bronc and won the Saddle bronc riding competition. <p>Bud has won over 43 saddles and over 200 buckles when he quit counting.

Home Town (Ziebach County, SD)
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