News & Notes From the Rodeo Trail, October 9

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Bob Wiley, who qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo five times from 1961-65 in tie-down roping, passed away Aug. 19. He was 87. Wiley was the reserve world champion in 1963 at the WNFR in Los Angeles. The world champion was ProRodeo Hall of Famer Dean Oliver.

In 1964, Wiley finished fifth in the world standings and was second in the average to ProRodeo Hall of Famer Jim Bob Altizer.

After his rodeo days were done, Wiley had a distinguished career in law enforcement. Wiley served as the Tulare County California Sheriff.

Wiley served as the county’s sheriff from 1967 to 1991 and the Bob Wiley Detention Facility north of Visalia is named in his honor.

Wiley graduated from Kingsburg High School, where he was a standout in football and track. He competed in both sports with Rafer Johnson at Kingsburg. Johnson went on to win the decathlon gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.

Wiley went on to play football at Porterville (Calif.) College. In one game against Reedley College, Wiley gained 275 yards on his way to being named to the Little All-America team.

It was at PC where Wiley began doing what he was also known for besides being Tulare County’s sheriff and that’s competing in rodeo. Wiley began competing in calf roping, now known as tie-down roping. Wiley started roping in 1956 and won his first tie-down roping in 1957

While he was at PC he worked as an extra help deputy and as a rodeo cowboy to support his family.

In May 1965, he was well-known in the Porterville area, working as an extra-help deputy at the Porterville substation. He also made a name for himself in calf roping, competing across the state, the country and Canada.

He competed in the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days and the Calgary Stampede. When he retired as sheriff in 1991, he continued to compete in a few senior rodeos and taught boys and girls how to rope.

Wiley also served as president of the California State Sheriffs’ Association. Wiley was also the subject of a column written by Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist Red Smith for the New York Times in 1972. The syndicated column, which appeared nationwide covered Wiley’s experience in rodeo while competing at the Woodlake Rodeo while serving as sheriff at the same time.

Under Wiley, TCSO had an inmate farm that produced corn and onions along with raising swine and having a livestock farm. His department was also one of the first to have K-9 units, having up to 10 dogs.

Billy Craft, long-time Sheridan WYO Rodeo Board member has retired from the board of directors. Billy has had a huge impact on the Sheridan WYO Rodeo, the community of Sheridan, Wyoming, and professional rodeo. He has been on the Sheridan committee since 1992, serving as President for 14 years of his 32-year tenure. The WYO Rodeo has seen significant growth during his leadership, with prize money increasing from $1,000/event to $17,000/event, and payout from $40,000 to over $480,000; doing all of this in his humble, servant-leader style. Always a character, his sense of humor and passion for the sport of rodeo will be missed.

Courtesy of PRCA

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