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Winter hours: Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Summer hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

The Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame was founded in 1969. Ten men and five horses were the first honorees. Each year the Hall of Fame Board of Directors and its Members select other men, women and sometimes livestock as honorees. An honoree must have a long association with Round-Up and Happy Canyon. A special section of the Hall of Fame is devoted to our honorees. Each year, a special display case is set up for the current inductees. These cases include pictures, clothing and other memorabilia that showcase the contributions of the honoree.

Exhibits in the Hall of Fame cover a wide range of subjects and span more than 100 years of Round-Up history. Saddles, clothing, Indian costumes, photographs, firearms, trophies, wagons…hundreds of items are displayed for your enjoyment.

You can become a member of the Hall of Fame, and help to ensure the history and artifacts of the Round-Up and Happy Canyon we enjoy today will still be here tomorrow.

For more information call 541-278-0815 or visit the Hall of Fame website. The Hall of Fame building is located at 1114 SW Court across from the Round-Up grounds.

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2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame introduce new inductees for 2017! The Hall of Fame Banquet honoring our newest inductees will be Sunday preceding Round-Up week, at the Pendleton Convention Center.


Tickets are on sale at the store or call 541.276.2553 or 1.800.457.6336 (1.800.45RODEO).


$40.00 in advance includes dinner and hosted bar ($45.00 at the door if available).



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Loyd Ketchum & Joe Baumgartner

The 2017 Inductee in the Contract Personnel category are Loyd Ketchum and Joe Baumgartner


Loyd Ketchum and Joe Baumgartner are the 2017 nominees in the contract personnel category.

Both Ketchum and Baumgartner were bullfighters at the Round-Up and PBR. They shared the arena many times during their years in Pendleton.

Loyd Ketchum was born in Montana in 1961. He began his PRCA career in 1987. With his slogan of “bullfighting with class and finesse”, Loyd worked his first Pendleton Round-Up in 1991 and continued through 2011, with the exception of one year when he was injured. The agile athlete with great speed and quick maneuvers also worked the Pendleton PBR’s from 1998-2008. He was chosen to work the Wrangler National Finals from 1992-1996. Ketchum won the Wrangler Bullfight World Championship in Las Vegas in 1991. Retiring after 27 years as a bullfighter, Loyd now owns and operates a hunting outfitting operation in the Miles City, MT area. He continues to show his support of the PRCA and the rodeo world by traveling to rodeos, signing autographs and making appearances at schools and on television and radio.

Baumgartner grew up in California. He began his rodeo career fighting bulls at age 16. Joe quickly came to be known throughout the rodeo community and went on to work 14 National Finals Rodeos and 18 Professional Bull Riders finals. He worked the Round-Up arena in Pendleton from 1990-2008 and the Happy Canyon arena PBR from 1998-2008. Joe is known for his long arms and his ability to reach out and get to a bull’s head quickly, avoiding many risks to the cowboy and himself. This is part of what earned him the honor of PRCA’s Bullfighter of the Year from 2004-2007. Following his retirement from rodeo in 2011, Joe was selected to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2013. Baumgartner is currently managing the South Point Casino’s Arena and Equestrian Events Center in Las Vegas.


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Ruth Fletcher

Ruth Fletcher
Ruth Fletcher 

The 2017 Inductee in the Early Years category is Ruth Fletcher

Ruth Fletcher was born in Adams County, Washington in 1901. Fletcher’s forty plus years of volunteer service for Happy Canyon began around 1940, while she was getting her children ready for their part in the covered wagon scene at the old location of Happy Canyon on SE Emigrant and 4th. Fletcher was approached by Walter Holt, show director at the time, who asked her if she would help with make up for the cast. For many years, Ruth ran the makeup room by herself. Cast members and directors alike, looked forward to their visits annually during the show. Ruth expanded her assistance to Happy Canyon later on when she became the costume repair person; often taking costumes home after the show to be repaired before the next night. This led to her becoming the wardrobe keeper. During the “off-season”, Ruth sewed new costumes needed for the cast and looked for items needed for the show. Ruth’s family has all been involved with the show from its inception. Her father-in-law played the first sheriff in 1914, a role later held by her husband R.A. (Bob) Fletcher. All of Ruth’s children and grandchildren, as well as many of her great grandchildren, have been cast members. Many family members have served on the Happy Canyon Board of Directors as well.

Ruth’s volunteerism in the community was not limited to Happy Canyon. As a longtime resident of the Ukiah area, she took over as the producer of the Ukiah Rodeo and served as its president in the early 1930’s. She served as a 4-H leader, home extension teacher, Ukiah School Board member, and was a member of the Heppner Rodeo court.

She received the Happy Canyon Volunteer Appreciation Award for her many years of service in 1983. Her legacy continues with the involvement of family members to date.


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Danny Torricellas

Danny Torricellas
Danny Torricellas 

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.


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Matt Duchek

Matt Duchek
Matt Duchek 

The 2017 Inductee in the Happy Canyon Volunteer category is Matt Duchek


Matt Duchek began his extensive role as a Happy Canyon volunteer collecting evergreens for the scenery early in life. He later signed on as one of the original ten bartenders when Happy Canyon began serving whiskey and helped engineer the first stage for the arena concerts. Matt was elected to the Happy Canyon Board in 1994 and served as their president from 2002-2003. These titles do little to explain the amount of work and dedication Matt has shown for Happy Canyon and the community. Among his many achievements are sanding and repainting all the stadium seats, establishing the Wednesday night work parties at Happy Canyon, remodeling the back bar in the Convention Center, designing an elevated floor for the orchestra pit, which created forty-eight additional seats for PBR and the concerts, upgrading all of the walkways behind the scenery, and changing out telephone poles and plywood to steel beams and sheet metal providing easier maintenance. Not only has Duchek donated his time and expertise, but most of these projects were enacted using his personal tools. It is estimated that Matt has more than 2,500 volunteer hours in the Wednesday night work parties alone.

A quote from former Happy Canyon director Kelly Hawkins sums it up, “From some nicks and cuts while working on projects, Matt Duchek literally does bleed Happy Canyon through and through!”

Duchek also has served on the Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame board, and as President from 2007-2009.

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