It will soon be rodeo time! Thanks in large part to your support, 2021-22 has been a very successful year for the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Museum (ERHOF) at the Western Art and Culture Center (WCAC), 416 N. Pearl. We are grateful to our lifetime and sustaining members. Read on, mark your calendars, and please join us in our summer Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Museum activities.
As ERHOF members, you are the first to know: The 2022 Inductees to the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame are Dick and J. D. Yates, the Kittitas County Junior Sheriff’s Posse, and the saddle bronc Spring Planting! This stellar group will be inducted into the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame on August 27, 5-9 pm, at Spirit Therapeutic Riding Center, 1051 Sorenson Road.
**Dick and J. D. Yates are father-son members of a famed Colorado family of team and steer roping and barrel racing competitors with strong ties to the Ellensburg Rodeo.
**Founded in 1958, the Kittitas County Junior Sheriff’s Posse rode across two decades of Ellensburg rodeo history, participating in parades, playday competitions, trail rides, and mounted drill exhibitions.
**Spring Planting, a saddle bronc from the Big Bend/Flying 5 Columbia plateau string, was 2009 and 2013 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Saddle Bronc of the Year. The mare thrilled Ellensburg crowds and has bucked at the National Finals Rodeo.
Calendar of 2022 ERHOF Rodeo Events
“Artists of Fame” art show, Hall of Fame Museum, 416 N. Pearl, July 16-August 25, Tuesday-Friday 11 am-5 pm & Saturday 11 am-3 pm. 15 talented local artists will create rodeo-themed art objects for the display. Only our ERHOF lifetime and sustaining members are invited to join the artists and sponsors at a special July 15, 6:00 pm “Artists of Fame” art show unveiling at the Hall of Fame Museum, 416 N. Pearl, Ellensburg. 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of our art auction fundraiser, which will end after successfully funding our new museum home. Come help us celebrate the talented artists who have helped ERHOF over the past decade!
Rodeo City Barbeque Queens Room Portraits, Kittitas County Roping Club, and Jerry Anderson and Dick Powers Displays at the Hall of Fame Museum. We have also rotated our All-Around display area to feature different inductees, and there is a new “Artists of Fame” tribute.
Official Ellensburg Rodeo Royal Court Poster: Our annual royal court poster will be around town and the county all summer. Many thanks to the rodeo board, royal court, and generous sponsors who make this fundraiser possible.
26th Annual ERHOF Induction and ‘Artists of Fame’ Auction is August 27, 5:00-9:00 pm, at the Spirit Therapeutic Riding Center, 1051 Sorenson Road! Following a roast beef banquet catered by the Kittitas County Cattlewomen’s Association, Dick and J. D. Yates, the Kittitas County Junior Sheriff’s Posse, and the Big Bend/Flying 5 bronc Spring Planting will be inducted into the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame. This will be followed by a fundraising auction of 15 rodeo-themed art objects, donated by talented local artists. Tickets to this event will be available to purchase starting June 15th on our website www.erhof.org.
Ellensburg Daily Record Inductee feature articles appear in August.
Ellensburg Rodeo Weekend, August 30-September 2, will feature Hall of Fame Inductees in the rodeo parade, their introduction at each rodeo performance, articles in the official Ellensburg Rodeo Program, and a Hall of Fame display in our Western Village Headquarters at the west entrance to the rodeo grounds.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 ‘ARTISTS OF FAME’ ART AUCTION ARTISTS AND SPONSORS
Artist: Julie Baugher (Sponsor: Anderson Hay & Grain); John Brotherton (Allen Faltus); TMW Charlton (Don & Ann Bucklin); Patti Erikson (Spirit Therapeutic Riding Center/Dr. William Phillip); Becky Hollenbeck (Dr. Ken MacRae); Kenneth J. Hurley (Joe & Roylene Crawford); Kris Jenott (Kelleher Motors); Lynne McCowin (Ellensburg Rodeo); Aaron Munson (Fitterer’s Furniture); John Schmidt (Cashmere Valley Mortgage & Bank); Samantha Robbins (Steve and Mary Gordon); Betty Severin (Brandon Robertson/Edward Jones); Austin Smith (Scott Driver/Joel & Marie Smith); Damian Smith (CWU Foundation); Hita Von Mende (Arlein Anderson).
Don’t Forget Our Website: www.erhof.org provides historic photographs, biographical essays of ERHOF inductees, a virtual museum tour, ERHOF membership info, important links, and much, much more! Also, check out our: Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BootsOfFame; Instagram at www.instagram.com/ellensburgrodeohalloffame; E-mail ERHOF97@gmail.com and Mail Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame, 110 W 6th St, PMB 374, Ellensburg WA., 98926.