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Partridge adds to Rodeo Museum

July 1, 2013

The Rodeo Museum in Berwyn, which is set for a grand opening sometime this fall, has added a few more pieces to its vast collection of rodeo history and memrobilia.
In September of 2012, Blaine Partridge, the owner of the museum, recieved a saddle from Paul Tierney, one of Broken Bow’s National Finals Rodeo contestants since its inception in 1959.
The museum will now also feature a hat from Lin Hilton, who was the NFR announcer in 1972 and served as the county extension agent in Burwell in the 1960s, where he also announced at junior rodeos across the state.
The NFR made its debut in 1959 and since that year, Nebraska has sent a number of athletes in multiple events
Below is a complete list of Nebraska contestants since 1959:
Bareback Riding
Steven Dent- Mullen
Jim Houston- Omaha
Sam Perkins- Chadron
Calf Ropers
Troy Pruitt-Minitare
John Rothwell-Hyannis
Paul Tierney- Broken Bow
Saddle Bronc
Todd Hipsag-Lincoln
Cort Scheer- Elsmere
Skeeter Thurston- Hyannis
Steer Wrestlers
Berry Ote- Gordon
Linn Churchill-Valentine
Brian Fulton- Valentine
Don Feddersen- Sidney
Dean Gorsuch- Gering
Harrison Halligan- N. Platte
Doug McMillen- Sidney
Dru Melvin- Arthur
Sean Mulligan- Valentine
Garrett Nokes- McCook
Randy Suhn- North Platte
Todd Suhn- North Platte
Paul Tierney- Broken Bow
Tony Wiese- Thedford
Steer Ropers
Eddie Becker- Ashby
Howard Haythorn- Arthur
Waldo Haythorn- Arthur
Terry McGinley- Keystone
Glen Nutter- Thedford
Bull Riders
Chad Brennan-Ellsworth
Bob Chartier- Benklemen
Dallas Chartier- Benklemen
Dustin Elliot- North Platte
Jerome Robinson- Brandon
Lonnie Wyatt- Kimble
All Around
Paul Tierney- Broken Bow
Gene Kramer of Sutherland (bareback) and Dave Campbell of Bartlett (steer wrestling) would have also qualified for the NFR had its inception been prior to 1959.
Partridge would also like to thank all the notables working on additions to this museum.
Among them Chris Bernt is constructing a front gate that will eventually look like a shoot gate to the entrance of the museum.
Marleen McGahee of Broken Bow will be completing the entire ladies section of the museum, which includes queens and barrel racers.
Eugene Smith of Kearney donated his entire collections of Western Horseman magazine as well as a saddle.
The plan is to include memrobilia for all the NFR qualifiers as well as the amateur rodeos.

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