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Welcome to the Chuck Sheppard Memorial Roping web site!

Here you will find all the information about this great event for team and calf ropers held in Prescott, Arizona. 

Born in 1916 on a ranch in Globe AZ, Chuck learned to ride and rope at an early age. At 16 he rode a freight train to California to join his Mother.  He was searching for a job to earn money and jobs were scarce during the Great Depression.  His rough childhood experiences worked to his advantage and he did what he knew best:  "...how to be a cowboy."

 

Chuck entered his first rodeo in 1932 and five years later turned to the professional ranks "...to make a living, not to become a champion..."

He not only made a living, he left an impact on the rodeo world and became a true champion.  He worked both ends of the arena and participated in any event that helped earn a paycheck.   

 

After 24 years of competing full time in rodeos Chuck retired and embarked on his next journey in life:  training & showing Quarter Horses.  Utilizing his wealth of knowledge he trained numerous champions in the show ring as well as the racetrack.  Chuck also maintained a herd of cattle he ran on pastures around the Prescott area.  His true passion was being a "...ranch cowboy..."

 

Though a cowboy doesn't really retire, as he aged Chuck enjoyed attending the local team roping and could still "...show 'em the money…"well into his 80s.  He adored his family and grandchildren & taught them all the secrets to getting the most from your horse and how to swing a rope successfully.

 

Until his death in 2005, Chuck enjoyed going out to see his cattle and horses.  He rarely missed watching his favorite rodeo:  Prescott Frontier Days.

 

Rodeo Accomplishments 

 

  • 1946 RCA World Champion Team Roper
  • 1951 IRA World Champion Calf Roper
  • Two time IRA Reserve All-Around Champion
  • Original member of the Cowboy Turtles Association (precursor to the RCA & PRCA)
  • Director & Judge of numerous large rodeos:  National Finals Rodeo, Phoenix, San Francisco, Cheyenne, Tucson to name a few
  • 1985 National Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee and Ben Johnson Memorial Award Winner
  • PRCA Hall of Fame
  • Inaugural member of the Phippen Museum's Arizona Ranchers & Cowboy Hall of Fame 
  • Winner of over 31 championship buckles, 6 saddles and numerous trophies

YCMSP    POB 95   Prescott AZ  86301-0095