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Earl Bascom and wife Nadine.

Bascom inducted into Rodeo Hall of Fame

OKLAHOMA CITY • The National Cowboy and Western Museum in Oklahoma City recently inducted the late rodeo champion and former Barstow High School art teacher, Earl W. Bascom, into its Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Bascom’s Hall of Fame honor, given posthumously, places his name among the highest honored rodeo cowboys in the world.

An all-around rodeo champion, Bascom was honored at the induction ceremonies in Oklahoma as rodeo’s greatest innovator and inventor. He is credited with designing and making several important pieces of rodeo gear and equipment, including the modern bucking chute, the hornless bronc saddle, the modern bareback rigging, and rodeo riding chaps.

Over this past summer, Bascom was also inducted into two other Halls of Fame - the Alberta (Canada) Sports Hall of Fame, as a rodeo pioneer, and the Utah Rodeo Hall of Fame, as a cowboy artist and sculptor.

Back in the 1960’s, Bascom was an art teacher at Barstow High School, and his wife Nadine was an elementary school teacher, also in Barstow. 

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