Introducing 2011 Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee…
Benny Reynolds (1936...)
Benny Reynolds was born March 5, 1936 in Twin Bridges, Montana. He entered his first rodeo in Butte, MT when he was 6 years old. When he was 15 years old he became serious about competing in rodeo. His mother and father rode saddle broncs as did his brothers so it was only natural that Benny ride too. Benny went professional, joining the Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1956 (presently known as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) competing in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling and bull riding. Benny won the 1958 RCA Rookie of the Year Award.
That was the beginning of a long and memorable career in the sport of rodeo and one that set the pace for all that was to come.
Endorsing Tony Lama Boots and Wrangler Jeans, several print ads featured Benny regularly in the publications of Western Horseman and Rodeo Sports News. He also was a contestant on the CBS-TV game show Name That Tune and has appeared in a handful of feature films. In 1961 he was successful at winning the World Champion All Around Cowboy title with earnings of $31,309, a silver buckle, saddle, pair of spurs and a life sized fiberglass horse! In 1966 he won the first Linderman Award for earning the most money in a combination of 3 or more rough stock and timed events.
Benny Reynolds has won at almost every rodeo in the country over the last 50 years and has been a very active member of the Senior Pro Rodeo Association for more than 25 years where he has tallied up 7 All Around Championships and 13 other titles as well.
In 1993 Benny was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado for his lifetime of accomplishments in All Around competition.
Today Benny, at the young age of 74, continues to “live rodeo” as well as operate his cattle ranch between Twin Bridges and Dillon in southwest Montana. When he is not on the road working rough stock he can be found holding team roping events in his own arena or teaching young-up-and-comers the tricks of the trade. Benny has lived up to the way of the working cowboy.
Source – Wikipedia, Beaverhead County Museum and interview.