|George was a cowboy; down through several generations of cowboys in the Dakotas, his name still remains in conversations whenever cowboys or old-timers gather.
As a young man of 16 years, George worked as the "rough string" rider for the DZ Cattle Company. The DZ brand was owned by Dye and Zimmerman and their half million-acre lease spread throughout the Standing Rock Reservation and Dewey, Corson, and Ziebach Counties. Riding the "rough string" probable helped sharpen Defender's riding ability. <p>Throughout his years in rodeo competition, George participated in rodeos in South Dakota, North Dakota and won first money at Miles City, Montana. He attended many rodeos and stampedes and usually came out among the winners. Other famous rodeos in which he competed were Calgary and Madison Square Garden. George Defender was rated by some as the greatest of all riders.
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