President
Chuck Melin
307-359-8885

Vice President
Bob Stoddard
307-359-0660

Executive Board
Jimmy Nugent
505-280-7129

Jim Wales
602-501-4784

Butch Terrell
970-227-5876

Alan Johnson
214-686-7713

Brad McReynolds
254-747-3090

Event Directors
Rough Stock Horses
Lance Miller
435-616-2282
Bull Riding
Jim Arnold
520-507-0463
Tie Down Roping
Savvas Halikas
707-527-2846
Steer Wrestling
John Denson
719-357-1726
Team Roping
Mike Brewer
530-384-2587
Ribbon Roping
Elaine Lewis
406-642-3602
Ladies Barrels
Marlene McGaughey
308-870-1078
Breakaway Roping
Cindy Gruwell
307-216-0313
Promotion Agent
Jim Nichols
623-866-3365
Canadian Representative
Bill Reeder
403-653-7661

HALL OF FAME: A RECORD OF NSPRA HISTORY AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Gene McLaughlin

Gene was born in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1929. His father worked for Gene Autry when he was on the touring circuit. When Gene was 3 years old, he started trick roping in an act with his brother Don, 5. They trick roped for 12 consecutive years for rodeos held at Madison Square Gardens in New York City. Gene and Don were named World Champion Juvenile trick ropers in 1936. As Gene got older, he still trick roped with his brother, but started roping calves at rodeos and later added Steer Wrestling. While in the Army, Gene met and married his wife Betty. They had two children, Valerie and Clifford, and eventually settled in Southern California were Gene worked at Disneyland until he got in the movie business doing stunts. Both of Gene’s children have followed in his footsteps as trick ropers. Gene joined the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association more than 20 years ago and has made it to the finals every year since 1983, and he won the Reserve World Championship in Calf Roping in 1990. Gene still works part-time in the movie business as a stuntman and still trick ropes at parties and in the movies. Gene and his son bought an avocado farm where they both reside with their families. They keep their horses, cattle and a full rodeo arena there to practice and train stars and other stuntmen. His first love has always been roping, and we’re glad Gene continues to show us his “tricks” out on the rodeo circuit.

Inducted: 2003

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