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."
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
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
- 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
- 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
- PRCA Hall of Fame
- Inaugural member of the Phippen Museum's Arizona Ranchers & Cowboy Hall
- Winner of over 31 championship buckles, 6 saddles and numerous trophies