Gindhart, Alvin – Pro-Rodeo


The Alvin Gindhart mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique athletes in a variety of arenas from baseball to rodeo.  An image of Alvin Gindhart and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Alvin Gindhart was born in Salem, New Jersey.  He graduated from Woodstown High School in 1971.  Then left to attend the Oklahoma Farriers College in Sperry, Oklahoma.  In 1975, Alvin moved to Helena, Montana, and worked under renowned rodeo cowboy Walt Linderman.  Under Linderman’s direction, Alvin became skilled at steer wrestling. When he returned to N.J. Alvin Gindhart continued to shoe horses for 46 years, while also traveling the rodeo circuit across the U.S. and Canada, as a steer wrestler.  Out of ten years, Alvin held the number three position in the American Rodeo Association for three years straight.

Steer Wrestling

Rodeo steer wrestling is a timed event that requires teamwork between a bulldogger and a hazer.  The hazer rides alongside the steer keeping it from veering away from the wrestler who leans over the side of his horse and grabs the horns of the running steer.  Holding onto the horns, he is pulled off his horse and then plants his feet into the dirt to slow the steer down before grabbing its nose and throwing the steer to the ground. Once all four legs are off the ground an official waves a flag marking the official end and the time taken.

This Alvin Gindhart History Mug is part of our Rodeo series which includes many unique rodeo stars.  Activities involved in the practice of herding cattle were the basis of what became modern day rodeos.  Nowadays cowboys and cowgirls compete in steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, bull riding, and barrel racing.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.


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