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Marvin Garrett



A four-time world bareback champion, the Belle Fourche native was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1998.

The 5-foot-7, 150-pounder won bareback titles in 1988, '89, '94 and '95 and narrowly missed a fifth title, being edged out on the last ride at the 1996 National Finals Rodeo by brother Mark. Marvin also was runner-up in 1987. Garrett was the PRCA regular-season money leader four times (1989, 1993-94 and ’96). He won the PRCA Rookie of the Year award in 1984. Twelve times he qualified for the NFR – the first was in 1986 and the last was in 2000, when he came back from injuries sustained in a 1998 near-fatal airplane accident. His best year may have been 1994, when he won his third world title at the NFR and also won the Coors Chute Out Series championship and the Wrangler World of Rodeo Series championship. He set the bareback single-season earnings record with $156,733 in 1995. In all, he earned almost $1.4 million in his rodeo career.

A highlight of his career was representing the United States as a member of the 1988 U.S. Rodeo Team in the Calgary Olympics. Garrett recorded his first 90-point ride over the Fourth of July 2004 on Powder River’s Khadafy Skoal.

At age 12 he began riding steers. At 15 he wanted to be a bullrider. His mother put a stop to that but said he could ride bareback horses, and he soon forgot all about bullriding.

He was an All-American wrestler in high school, a three-time state champion with scholarship offers from Iowa and North Dakota, but he chose to pursue rodeo instead.








































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