Rufus Green Sr., was born on April 1923 near Edna, Texas. He is best known for being a Champion Calf Roper and Top Horse Trainer. Green had a passion for working with horses at a young age. By the age of 15 he had signed on as a ranch hand with the F.W. Gross Ranch in Victoria, Texas. While working on the ranch, Green acquired his skills in horsemanship and the characteristics of a cowboy. He worked under the leadership of Cowboy James Fry.
Right from the start people noticed that Green had a special ability to communicate with horses. Because of this skill Green was able to become one of the best roping, hazing, barrel and cutting horse trainers of his time. Rufus often competed on the weekends in riding bucking horses and roping calves. He soon became the undisputed champion in the events. Green later quit his job after becoming so successful to become a full-time rodeo professional during the 1950s. His skills in calf roping only improve and became an expert in the field.
Green competed in mover than 2,000 rodeos across the United States. He was featured in Ebony Magazine in 1957 at the Drumright, Oklahoma’s All #Black Rodeo. He was one of the first Black Cowboys to receive a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Card (Historically White). Green helped train many young men and women to ride, barrel race, and compete in rodeos. Many of the people who he trained also went on to become top competitors; he trained people of different ethnic backgrounds. Green along with Monroe Lawson produced the first Rodeo on the Campus of Prairie View A & M University in honor of Black History.
Green married twice, with his first wife, Doris M. Griffin they had two sons. He also fostered six children with his second wife. Green died in January 1982 in Prairie View, Texas.
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