The 2017 Inductee to the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of
Fame in the Rodeo Contestant category is Danny Torricellas
Torricellas was born in the Eugene area in 1951. Danny, born into a rodeo family, was no doubt inspired by his father Louie’s success in rodeo. He came to Pendleton as a member of BMCC’s rodeo team in the early 1970’s and in 1972, he was the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Calf Roping Champion.
In subsequent years, Pendleton proved to be good to him as well, this time as a contestant at the Round-Up. Danny won his first Round-Up title in the steer wrestling in 1975. He followed that with other steer wrestling titles in 1979, 1983, and 1994. He was the All-Around champion in 1979. Numerous other times, he placed in go-rounds and made the finals in both steer wrestling and calf roping. Danny was well-known throughout the rodeo world for his adventures and sense of humor, but mostly for his record of accomplishments in the arena.
Danny was not just a success in the Columbia River Circuit, but on the national scene. He qualified for the Wrangler National Finals six times in steer wrestling and three times in calf roping. In 1980, he was Reserve Steer Wrestling World Champion, finishing less than $3,000 behind Butch Myers. Torricellas’ other titles include Cheyenne Frontier Days All-Around, Lewiston Round-Up All-Around, Chief Joseph Days Calf Roping Champion, and Reno Rodeo Steer Wrestling Champion.