You can’t talk about Henryetta without talking about Jim Shoulders.
jimshouldersCalled the Babe Ruth of professional rodeo, he rode bucking broncos and snorting bulls to a record 16 world-championship titles.
He was born in Tulsa in 1928 but found the country life suited him.
When he was 14, Shoulders had been working on a wheat harvest when he went to Oilton to watch a Fourth of July rodeo.
He said his older brother had been riding bulls so he thought he would try it as well.
That decision changed his life. He won the rodeo prize of $18 and thought that was a good way to make money. That was in 1943 and from there on he never looked back.
Throughout the 1950s he dominated the sport. He was honored four times as the Rodeo Cowboys Association Champion Bareback Bronc Rider (1950, 1956-1958), five times as All-Around Champion Cowboy (1949, 1956-1959), and seven times as Champion Bull Rider (1951, 1954-1959).Jim Shouldersriding
In addition to those honors, Shoulders was a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame, and the Cowboy Hall of Fame.
After retiring, he stayed active in the rodeo world.
The Shoulders ranch south of Henryetta produced rodeos and provided contract livestock. He once owned the legendary bull Tornado, which was ridden only once in six years' competition (Tornado is buried on the grounds of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. In 1962 Shoulders retired to his ranch in Henryetta where he opened a rodeo school that provided six-day courses in saddle bronc, bareback bronc, and bull riding for potential professional rodeo hands.
He died of heart disease in 2007.

There's another Cowboy that calls Henryetta home but this one is more comfortable on a gridiron instead of a rodeo arena.
troyaikmanTroy Aikman moved to Henryetta from California and made Cameron Stadium shine with his football prowess.
The grid star quarterbacked the Henryetta Hens to championships and was an All State football and baseball player.
He graduated in 1984 then turned down the New York Mets draft offer and walked onto the University of Oklahoma football field to the delight of Sooner fans. Suffering from a broken leg, he had to watch from the sidelines in 1985 as the Sooners won the 1985 NCAA title.
Troy Aikman in his familiar Dallas blue and grey.
From there he went to UCLA and was the quarterback for the team to win the 1987 Aloha and 1989 Cotton Bowls.
He was inducted into the UCLA Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. Drafted by Dallas in 1989, he came close to the playoffs in 1990 then was a playoff contender in 1991.
Aikman was selected to be a part of his first of six consecutive Pro Bowls. The next year he set career highs in pass completions (302), passing yards (3,445) and touchdown passes (23). He also led the Cowboys to Super Bowl XXVII victory and was named MVP.
Another Super Bowl victory followed the next year and won the 1996 Super Bowl. That would be the last time for him. Aikman sustained a concussion in 2000 and retired in 2001.
Since then he has appeared on numerous commercials and served as a commentator for Fox Sports. He has not forgotten Henryetta.
He still finds time to come back and visit and is often a competitor in the Spring Fling golf tournament.
He has also been responsible for several donations to HHS sports that includes The Troy Aikman Sports Center at Cameron Stadium.

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