2010 Hall of Fame Inductee
Harold Cash was born on December 26th, 1948 to George and Cora Lee Cash. Harold was the third child of eight children. He attended public school in La Marque, Texas. However, Harold spent most of his summer days at his grandfather’s ranch in Kendleton, Texas. A 1967 graduate of Lincoln High School, Harold furthered his education at Prairie View A&M University obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology, and a minor in Business Administration in 1972. As Harold Cash continues to say, “Without the sport of Rodeo I know I would not have obtained my Degree in college”.
For years Harold was a spectator with his grandfather, however in 1967 hometown cowboy friends Elijah and Charlie Davis entered him into his first rodeo at the S.P. Picnic Ground. Thus his rodeo career began. Thereafter in 1969 Cash teamed up and traveled with his mentor, “The World Greatest” Willie Thomas, Sr. to cities and states such as Chicago, Denver, New York, Washing D.C. and Oklahoma participating in rodeos. Even though Cash rode bulls, he specialized in Bare Back Riding. He was an expert at riding the “Bad One’s” especially those that stock contractors thought no one could ride. One memorable ride was when Harold Cash rode a horse in Washington, D.C. known as the horse of the year named “Playboy” owned by the Thera Latting Rodeo Production of Robbins, Illinois. Cash won the All American Rodeo Association Champion Bare Back Buckle in1979 and 1981. Along with numerous trophies and Awards in his rodeo career, in 1995 Cash won the Old Time Rodeo Association Bare Back Buckle, which is when he retired from the arena.
In 1982 Cash became the Co-owner of the first Black Country Western Club in Houston, Texas with his friend Myrtis Dightman. Later in 1985 he became the sole owner of the “Tie Down Saloon” Country and Western Club in Texas City, Texas. In addition, some of Harold Cash’s community accomplishments are, Master Mason Grand Lodge 112, - Logos Bible Institute, Houston, Texas, - Ike Carden Rodeo Association - Over the Hill & Future Cowboy Rodeo Association, - Galveston County Fair & Rodeo Association - Houston Livestock show and Rodeo Black Professional Cowboy & Cowgirl Association Texas House of Representatives Honored as an outstanding example of a Texas icon-A real cowboy and the President of the All American Youth Rodeo Association.
Harold Cash retired from Amoco Oil Company after 27 years of service. Cash has one daughter named Tikishia, and two grandsons, named Harold and Ashton and lives in La Marque, Texas with his beautiful wife Yolanda.
Personal Quote: “Until this day, I have gratitude for the discovery and innovations of rodeo. My primary goal was to start a college scholarship fund in Galveston County for under privileged students trying to attend college needing financial assistance. As of today, with the help of family and community we have provided over 20 scholarships”.
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