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Two time World Saddle Bronc Champion – Doug Budd

Beth Gibbons
Crawford, Neb.
Courtesy PhotoDoug Budd of Crawford, Neb., riding 'Lucky 13' the 'Horse of the Year' in 2006.

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Doug Budd of Crawford is two time World Champion Saddle Bronc Champion. He won the title in 2005 and again in 2006 – despite breaking his leg! He was laid up with the broken leg but explained, “I had enough lead that they couldn’t catch me.

“I started rodeoing in the Little Britches Rodeos when I was 8 years old,” Doug explained. He began rodeoing in Chadron, Neb., and then was in many South Dakota rodeos on the reservation. He said he is third generation Budd to participate in rodeos. His Grandpa, Stanley and Dad, Jim were rodeo competitors. Plus Lynn Jacobs a relative on his mother’s side was a saddle bronc rider. Doug said, “I got it from both ways.”

Budd said he bought his first Little Britches Rodeo Association card in 1973 and won the world in 1980 in Little Britches. He was in High School Rodeos in the 1970s. He went to Yakima, Wash., in National High School finals while in high school. After high school he joined the Nebraska State Rodeo Association (NSRA) and Mid States Rodeo Association (MSRA) and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). In 1987 Doug won the Mid States competition.

He was hurt with a dislocated shoulder in 1988. The next three years, 1989, 1990 and 1991, he won in the MSRA. In ’90 Doug won Saddle Bronc Riding in NSRA in Kimball Neb., becoming State Champion Saddle Bronc Rider.

Doug said he has participated in Amateur and PRCA Rodeos in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and some in Wyoming. He said he quit for six years and started raising buffalo and ranching north of Crawford, Neb. He said he turned 40 years old in ’01. While attending a rodeo at Harrison, friends talked him into joining the rodeo competition again, this time as a Senior Rodeo Professional.

“You have to turn 40 during that calendar year,” Doug explained, “I was fortunate as my birthday is in November.” He said he went on to win the Frontier Circuit in 2001. Doug had to compete against World Champion, Dave From, for that title.

The weekend I visited with Doug he said he was supposed to be in a Canadian competition but his passport didn’t arrive in time. Last July he spent the month in Canadian Rodeos sleeping in a tent. He was in De Bolt in northern Alberta, east of Juno, where the sun never went down. He was talking and laughing, wondering why he was so tired when he looked at his watch. It was broad daylight at midnight.

“Being away from home makes you appreciate home all the more,” Doug admitted. He said he couldn’t have done as much rodeoing without the help of his wife, Sandy and son, Justin taking care of the many responsibilities at home. Rodeoing is getting tougher he confessed, “The price of fuel makes it harder to make the money stretch.”

Doug says he won The Circuit two or three times. He has gone all over Nebraska and west in the Senior Professionals. He rodeoed in Nebraska, Texas, California, Utah, Nevada, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming totaling over 74 rodeos just last year. One time he dislocated a shoulder in Wells, Nev. The bone was sticking into his neck, he said. “Ron Soester, also of Crawford, took me to the hospital where they pulled it back into place,” he added. “I went on to Redmond, Ore., the next weekend and won two seconds in Saddle Bronc Riding.”

“I’d sure like to win Averages in Finals, but didn’t draw good enough,” Doug said. Rodeo fever is in Doug Budd’s blood though his daughter, Janae’ and son, Justin haven’t caught it. Doug looks forward to another active year in the rodeo circuit. We wish him the best.


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