By RODNEY D. BOAM
By Citizen editor
Bud Kerby, the stock contractor for That Famous Preston Night Rodeo, was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame earlier this month.
Bud was a second-generation selection, joining his father, Swanny, who was inducted as a stock contractor in 1997.
The Kerbys’ Bar T Rodeo Inc. has been a family operation for more than 50 years and is one of the most respected stock contracting outfits in the sport. Bar T is based in Salt Lake City and Chester, Utah, with its stock on 2,500 acres of leased and owned land in central Utah. After Bud Kerby died in October 2010, the firm has been run by his daughter, Wendie and her husband, Jeff Flitton.
The Kerby family has been a regular contributor of stock for the NFR since the early days of the sport’s “Super Bowl” (11 animals last year).
At the induction ceremony Kerby’s widow, Evelyn, joked that her husband “might have given us a whippin’ for nominating him,” while simultaneously “wishing he could be here for this moment.”
“It feels different after you’ve actually been through the Induction,” said Kerby’s daughter, Wendie Flitton. “You feel so humbled.”
“He would have been so honored,” Flitton said.
ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee of former contestants and rodeo experts. More than 150 individuals are nominated each year and selection is based on contributions to the sport of professional rodeo in any one of seven categories: contestant, stock contractor, contract personnel, rodeo committees, livestock, media and notables/ lifetime achievement.
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