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Hall of Fame

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Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Students $2

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.

2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame introduce new inductees for 2018! 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).

The Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame announced their 2018 inductees on May 8th at their annual membership meeting.

This year’s honorees include;
  • Bareback bucking horse, Smith & Velvet
  • PRCA Contestant Brad Goodrich
  • Long-time Round-Up Volunteer, Bill Dawson
  • Native American, Janie Pond

Smith & Velvet

Smith & Velvet was a 4-time Bareback Bucking Horse of the Year in the PRCA.

Owned by the Christensen Brothers Rodeo Company, he bucked at the Pendleton Round-Up in the 1970’s and early 80’s.

In his last appearance at the Round-Up, in 1982, he carried World Champion JC Trujillo to the Bareback Championship. In 1983, he was tragically killed in a truck and trailer accident, along with several of the Christensen Brothers top rodeo NFR bucking stock.

Smith & Velvet was inducted into the PRCA Pro Rodeo Hall of Champions in August of 2017.

Brad Goodrich

Brad Goodrich of Stanfield, OR, was the All-Around and Tie-Down champion at the 2004 Round-Up. He won the Tie-Down title again in 2008.

Brad made the short-go finals 25 of the 30 years he has competed in Pendleton.

He has competed in the Tie-Down and Steer Roping, Steer Wrestling, and Wild Cow Milking. Goodrich is a 6 time NFR qualifier. While a student at Blue Mountain Community College and Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Goodrich was a College National Finals Champion three times. He has won numerous Columbia River Circuit Titles and the Harley Tucker Award three times.

Bill Dawson

Bill Dawson has been a Round-Up volunteer for over 50 years, beginning on the hay crew and later working on telecommunications. The majority of his volunteerism, however, has been in maintaining the historic wagons and stagecoaches used in the Westward Ho! Parade.

Dawson has also been recognized for his service to the Round-Up by received the Round-Up Outstanding Volunteer Award, the Orville Gerberding Memorial Award, and just recently, he was named the Grand Marshal for this year’s Westward Ho! Parade.

Dawson is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and beyond the Round-Up volunteers with the Red Cross, Umatilla County Heritage Station, and the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce.

Janie Pond

The late Janie Pond grew up in Eastern Oregon and spent most of her life on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Twice she served as a Happy Canyon Princess.

Janie inherited the role of “Whip Woman” from her mother in 1958. In this role, she was responsible for keeping discipline within the tribe. During the Round-Up, she supervised all the Indian participants in the arena to make sure they were properly dressed in traditional regalia. Pond insured the performances in the arena met the allotted time constraints by cueing the drummers and dancers.

In addition to her Happy Canyon and Round-Up involvement, Pond was a Root Digger for the tribe and volunteered for the Eastern Oregon Spilyay Club, the Oregon State Native American Student Club, and the Washington State Indian Club.

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