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The Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is proud to announce the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees. They were honored at an inductee ceremony on July 7 at 7 p.m. at the Ogden Union Station, 2505 Wall Ave.


Christensen ColorDarrell Christensen, aka “Breezy” to many folks, is a long-time family man and rodeo announcer. He has spent countless hours behind the scenes of the sport, including committee work, president of the Utah High School Rodeo Association, and RMRA president. He laid the foundation for the Utah High School Rodeo Association so that it became known for what it stands for today. He has been involved with the sport for 58 years and has seen rodeo from many different angles – as a contestant, as a pick-up man, and since 1975, as an announcer. He has announced Senior Pro Rodeos, Youth Rodeos, College Rodeos, Amateur Association Rodeos, County Fairs, High Scool Rodeos, Queen Contests and Auctions. Darrell has announced hundreds of rodeos across the Western States, and is noted for his knowledge of the sport.


Lon Hansen 2BLon’s favorite saying was “You’ve got to get the vision.” This vision was what made him an amazing artist. His talents ranged from painting and drawing to saddle making, taxidermy, wood carving , furniture building, and welding . Many times his creations would be donated to benefit others. He learned to shoe horses as a young man, and took advantage of every opportunity to expand his knowledge about how to fit the needs of the animal he was working on. Known as “the cowboy” at school, he took part in bareback and sometimes bull riding. As a young father he enjoyed roping and participating in the Paint Horse Club. He was always willing to use his expertise help young ropers. He died too soon, the result of muscular dystrophy but he lives on in what he taught about life to his children and those who knew him.


Flip Harmon 3Flip was active in the western world from 1947 when he organized the Magna Mountain Riders. He and a committee built an arena in Magna. He later built another arena with a racing track in Magna in 1955. He was chairman of “The Days of ’47 rodeo from 1963 – 1997, starting the horse parade in 1965. From 1977 to 1997 he became the president of the “Days of ‘47” event. He was the driving force behind the “Days of ‘47” becoming the best and biggest indoor rodeo in the state of Utah. In addition to being a member of the Magna Mt. Riders, he also belonged to the American Quarter Horse Association, was a Gold Card member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association, and a member of the Utah Western Riding Club Association. In 1963 he was the President of the 3000 strong Western Riding Club Association. He won the state Calf Roping championship in 1964; the men’s Pleasure Class championship in 1972; and the P.R.C.A. “Committee of the Year award in 1986. He possessed numerous awards and trophies from regional and state riding club events. Flip received the Days of 47 Progress Award in 1991, and was honored posthumously with the Quiet Pioneer Legacy Award in 2009. He passed away in 1997. The Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is proud to announce the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees. They will be honored at an Inductee Ceremony on July 7th at 7 pm at the Union Station, 2505 Washington Boulevard.




oyler 6BIn 1945 Vern and a couple of friends gathered a small herd of wild horses and Brahma cross-bred cows and started producing amateur rodeos in Utah. He bought out his partners in 1947 and started the Vern Oyler Rodeo Company, producing rodeos throughout the area for eleven years. When approached by the head of Garland’s “Beet and Wheat Days” to come up with a cowboy activity for the children, he developed the “World’s First Miniature Rodeo,” with bucking chutes and corrals that could be assembled anywhere. It was a success from the start and the beginning of a new business for the family. It was so popular that a story was written about it for Life magazine Vern also designed and developed the first “Quick Release” flank strap which is still used by cowboys today.






ChuckStory3aChuck Story was an early member of the Weber County Sheriff’s Posse, helping it grow to a large and vital organization, that not only performed intricate drills at the rodeo each year, but also provided search and rescue services for Weber County, and rode in reenactments of the Pony Express ride. In 1955, he and Earl Jones organized the Weber County Junior Posse, which helped hundreds of kids learn about horses and how to care for them. Sixty years later it is still going strong. He also started a Cutter Racing Association in Ogden Valley. Chuck served a two-year term as County Commissioner; served Ogden Pioneer Days from when it was first organized, starting the Horse Parade that is now known as The Horse and Hitch Parade; and was proud to serve as the Grand Marshal in the Pioneer Parade of 1976.




Preston Nutter, Utah Cattle Baron.1850-1936.


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