Earl Bascom was born in a log cabin in Utah in 1906 and raised on a ranch in Canada. He was the son of a Deputy Sheriff and grandson of a Mormon pioneer, cousin to artists Frederic Remington and Charles Russell. He had a wide range of Western experience as a saddle maker, professional bronc buster, cowpuncher, trail driver, blacksmith, freighter, stagecoach driver, miner, trapper, wolf hunter, wild horse chaser, rodeo champion, cattle rancher, dude wrangler, inventor and Hollywood movie actor with Roy Rogers.
A talented all-around rodeo champion inducted into seven Halls of Fame, Earl Bascom competed and worked in rodeos for twenty-five years from 1916 to 1940, gaining international acclaim, winning second place in the North American Championship, setting a new world record, and placing third in the Championship of the World. During his rodeo career, Earl competed in the events of bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding, steer riding, steer wrestling, steer decorating, wild cow milking, wild horse racing, and worked as rodeo producer and stock contractor, rodeo announcer, pick-up man, hazer, rodeo clown and bullfighter.
Earl is known in rodeo history as the inventor and maker of the first hornless rodeo saddle in 1922 and the first one-handed bareback rigging in 1924, both of which are now used world-wide in all professional rodeos. Earl and his brothers, known as the “Bronc Bustin’ Bascom Boys” were rodeo pioneers who designed and constructed history’s first side-delivery rodeo chute in 1916, produced Mississippi’s first rodeo in 1935, which was history’s first outdoor, night rodeo held under electric lights.
An internationally known cowboy artist and sculptor, he was the first cowboy artist elected a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Arts, in London, England, an institution that has existed since 1754. Earl Bascom is the first and only cowboy/artist ever inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. He is listed in more Halls of Fame than any other artist in history and was declared Rodeo’s First Collegiate Cowboy, as the first man to pay his way through college, starting in 1933, by riding in rodeos.
Roy Rogers, TV and movie star, said of Earl in 1968, “Earl Bascom is a walking history book. His knowledge of the Old West was acquired the old-fashioned way – he was born and raised in it.”
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- Commissioned to do art work for the Charles M. Russell Trust
- The book “Rodeo History and Legends”, history of the one-handed bareback rigging created by Earl in 1924.
- Commissioned to design trophy belt buckle for the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association National Final Rodeo.
- Commissioned by the Texas Longhorn Quin-centennial Commission to create artwork commemorating 500 years of longhorn cattle in North America, 1494-1994.
- Commissioned by the Raymond Sports Hall of Fame to create artwork commemorating 70 years of rodeo’s One-Hand Bareback Rigging.
- Listed as a rodeo clown and bull fighter (1931-1937) in the book, “Fearless Funnymen – the History of the Rodeo Clown”
- Listed in book, “Chase’s Annual Events”, as a rodeo pioneer and rodeo equipment inventor.
- Montana Historical Society places Earl’s cowboy and rodeo gear in the year-long exhibit, “Riders Under the Sky” and in the show, “The Horse in Art” at the Helena Museum. Only Montana cowboy along with C.M. Russell to have items in both exhibits.
- Received in 1995 his “1930 All-Around Champion” trophy belt buckle won at the 3 Bar Ranch Stampede, 65 years late.
- 2005, European Rodeo Cowboys Association held an Earl Bascom Memorial Rodeo, 18 performances, in Berlin, Germany for his contributions and influence on rodeo world-wide.
- 2006, honored in Columbia, Mississippi for designing and supervising the construction of the first permanent rodeo arena and grandstands in Mississippi in 1936 which helped spread the popularity of rodeo across Southern U.S.
United States Collectors
- President Ronald Reagan
- Roy Rogers ~ Singer/Actor
- Gene Autry ~ Singer/Actor
- Charlton Heston ~ Actor
- Wayne Newton ~ Entertainer
- R.C. Norris ~ Former President, American Quarterhorse Association
- J.W. Marriott ~ Former President, Marriott Corporation
- Larry Mahan ~ World Champion Rodeo Cowboy
- Ezra Taft Benson ~ Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
- Robert Kane ~ Former President, U.S. Olympic Committee
- R.O. Anderson ~ Atlantic Richfield
- Louis L’Amour ~ Western Author
- Rex Allen ~ Westsern Author
- Senator Barry Goldwater
- Ed Rutherford ~ Former President, Cowboy Hall of Fame
- Lloyd Redd ~ Tandy Corporation
- The Slim Pickens Family
- Turk Greenough ~ Three-time World Champion Rodeo Cowboy
- Jack Dempsey Family
- Harry Von Zell Family
- Pat Buttrum
- Monte Montana
- Bubba Silver, President ~ Cowboy Hall of Fame
- Sir Howard Firth ~ York, England
- The Fonseca Family ~ Provencia Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Andre Jacquier ~ Lausaunne, Switzerland
- Louis Etienne ~ Toulouse, France
- Gigi Fuzio ~ Sicily
- Jock Irvins ~ Falkirk, Scotland
- The Guerit Family ~ Brussels, Belgium
- The Degel Family ~ Guayaguil, Ecuador
- Pierre Baique ~ Papeete, Tahiti
- Brent Hale ~ Belfast, Ireland
- Lee Kee ~ Kowloon, Hong Kong
- John Pietsmets ~ Cape Town, South Africa
- Gleinstunz Morantz ~ Pralantzein, Czechoslovakia
- Hans Pehrsonn ~ Copenhagen, Denmark
- Tuski Hafaitz ~ Jerusalem, Israel