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“If you got hooked, so did he:” Remembering Montana Pro Rodeo HOF inductee Chuck Henson

Posted at 9:47 PM, Jan 23, 2019

BILLINGS – Earlier this week, we set the table for Montana’s Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame weekend in Billings.

Eight-time bull riding world champion Donnie Gay will be one of the featured guests and shared with MTN Sports his thoughts on three of this year’s inductees.

Monday we highlighted Miles City bull fighter Loyd Ketchum.

Now, Gay remembers popular rodeo clown Chuck Henson, who passed away last August.

“Chuck Henson was the most delightful person,” recalled Gay. “As a youngster going to rodeos with my dad and Jim Shoulders, he was in that group, and (worked) some of the first two or three National Finals.”

Gay also remembers him as fearless inside the arena.

“If you got hooked, so did he. He was coming to help you get out of harm’s way. But he was one of the funniest individuals I do believe I ever saw,” Gay said.

Montana’s Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame banquet is Saturday at the Red Lion Hotel. The organization has paid more than $500,000 in scholarship money to Montana high school kids chasing the rodeo dream.