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Induction Category & YearGeneral 1986
Home TownSterling, CO
BirthMarch 11, 1887
Syracuse, NE
Belle Fourche, SD

   Sam Brownell
Champion of Excellence

 Between the ages of 11 and 16, Sam Brownell broke horses for the "76 Cattle Company" in the Sterling, Colorado area. He rode broncs at rodeos in several states. He was "World Champion Bronc Rider" at Cheyenne in 1917 and was the first man to ride the SD bronc "Tipperary."

Brownell judged rodeos and owned rodeo strings with C.H. Wilson of Buffalo, S.D. He also owned Tipperary and Tip-Top and started the organization of the rodeo at Belle Fourche. While he was the Arena Director of the Black Hills Round Up at Belle Fourche, it ranked in size and attendance with Cheyenne, and Calgary. During the time that he was riding bucking horses, Brownell was never bucked off a horse in the arena. He was riding when the 10-second ride was not the rule, you rode them until they "broke and run" <p>Sam Brownell was SD Brand Inspector at Sioux Falls for 9 years, State Chief Brand Inspector for 2 years, and local brand inspector at Belle Fourche until his death.Brownell was a well-respected man with the livestock men of South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. He was all business and an excellent judge of cattle and horses. <p>He started Jim and Don Nesbutt in the rodeo business. Jim became one of the great rodeo clowns. Don ended up the "World's All-Around Champion" in 1932-- he lives at Locheford, California.

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