2017 North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame (NDCHF) is pleased to announce the selection of its 23rd class of nominees, now candidates for induction into the Hall of Honorees.

Each year, nominees are chosen from a field of candidates submitted by the general public. Fourteen finalists in five categories have been recommended for consideration this year for their contribution to North Dakota’s history and western culture.

The final group of inductees will be determined by North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame trustees through a ballot process. Voting will begin after the NDCHF Annual Meeting taking place February 24th and 25th at the Ramada Grand Dakota Hotel in Dickinson, ND. Inductees will be honored June 23rd & 24th with a dinner and ceremony at the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame and Tjaden Terrace in Medora, ND.

“This is another great class of honorees”, exclaimed Rick Thompson, Executive Director of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, “It makes me feel good about all of the hard work that our trustees put in to the nominee process to assure we bring forth another honorable class.”

The 2017 nominees being considered for induction to the North Dakota Cow-boy Hall of Fame are:

Great Westerner: Clarence H. Parker

Ranching Division: Gordon Olson, Herbert Birdsall, James L. Connolly, Ralph Murray

Rodeo Division: Leo Sorensen, Brenda Lee Pickett, Gary Graham, Denver Jorgenson, Nevada Jorgenson

Long Rider: Paul Christensen, Dorvan Solberg

Special Achievement: Richardton Saddle Club, White Earth Saddle Club

The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, now entering its 23rd year, remains committed to the solid dedication and consistent effort required to continue to honor the cowboy heroes and heroines that paved the way for today’s ranchers, rodeo participants and fans.  “We are proud of our role, honoring important figures in North Dakota’s ranch, rodeo and Native American histo-ry,” said Thompson, “and our members and supporters are second to none.”


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