2012-2013 Hall of Fame Inductee
Floyd “Buck” Wyatt was born in Hendrix, Oklahoma, to Walter and Rebecca Wyatt. He was number nine of a family of seven boys, and eight girls. He was also a professional rodeo cowboy, livestock owner, entrepreneur and homeowner.
Wyatt began “rodeoing” in the early 1930's. As a professional rodeo performer, of the mid 1930's thru mid 1950's, he was one of a handful of African American Cowboys that performed professionally on the rodeo circuit. He specialized in Bull Riding and Bronc Riding. He is noted for originating the "Knee-Jerking" technique of riding which is still used in present day rodeos. Wyatt won the Brahma bull riding championship at rodeos in Ellensburg, Washington, in 1941 and in Lewiston, Idaho, in 1946. Additionally, he won the bareback (bronc) riding title at the rodeo in Reno, Nevada, in 1949.
After retiring from the rodeo circuit in San Bernardino, California, Wyatt operated a horse riding academy where he trained and owned horses and gave riding lessons. His wife Madelyn (Montgomery) Wyatt currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska with one of her daughters.
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