Growing up on his family’s Montana ranch, Walt Linderman learned to rodeo. In his 20’s Walt was competing in saddle bronc, bareback, and steer wrestling. From 1968 until 1977, when an injury ended his rodeo career, he focused on steer wrestling and qualified for the NFR in steer wrestling nine times, winning in 1967 and becoming runner-up World Champion three times and runner-up twice. He pioneered steer wrestling schools across the U.S.A. passing on his skill and knowledge to generations of champions. In 2016, Walt Linderman was inducted into the National Rodeo Hall of Fame.
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 Walt Linderman 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.