Dakota Datebook

North Dakota Rodeo Star

Monday, November 4, 2013

 

North Dakota rodeo star Henry “Almit” Breuer was a one-day-old newborn on this date in 1935. Born in Elbowoods, he was a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. He grew up on the Fort Berthold Reservation, where he has rodeoed, ranched and farmed his entire life.

When he was just nine years old, Almit started riding exhibition bareback horses with a loose rope for $3.00 a head and steers for $1.00 a head at the Sanish Rodeo. He married Marlyne Bayer on September 27, 1953, and they had three children.

During 1954, Almit joined the North Dakota Rodeo Association and began competing in bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding. Over the years, he also competed in barrel racing and wild horse racing.

Almit joined the Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1956 and ‘57. However, with only three RCA-sanctioned rodeos in North Dakota, he went back to the North Dakota Racing Association so he could stay closer to home for ranching and farming. He won the NDRA saddle bronc championship in 1954, ‘55, ‘60 and ’62, and was all-around cowboy in 1960.

Almit began bulldogging and team roping in 1962, and he won the steer wrestling in 1965. One week after Joe Chase rode Whiz Bang, the great saddle bronc, Almit rode him, too. He also managed to ride another great horse, Blaisdell Blue. Almit was only the 6th person to ride him.

In 1961, Almit went to auctioneer school in Billings, Montana. He has won the North Dakota Auction Market Buckle and auctioned all kinds of sales, and he set the Montana state record for the largest oil lease tract ever auctioned.

Almit served as a director and saddle bronc representative to the NDRA, president of the North Dakota High School Rodeo Association, a 45-year member of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, and director of the Fort Berthold Cattlemen’s Association.

Inducted into the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Hall of Honorees in 2007, Almit is known as a good rancher, cowman and horseman, respected as an honest and hard-working “real” cowboy, still moving his cattle from pasture to pasture on horseback.

 

Dakota Datebook written by Cathy A. Langemo, WritePlus Inc.

Sources:

 

ND Cowboy Hall of Fame Cowboy Chronicle – July 2007

 

NDCHF website

 

40-Year History of North Dakota Rodeo Association by Phil Bair

 

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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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