MEDORA, N.D. ( – Seven people, one ranch and a bull called “Top Hand” from Aber Rodeo are now in the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Larry Sandvick was induced into the Modern-era rodeo category on Saturday. He grew up in Killdeer, ND. He said hard work pays off when there are those who don’t believe you can do it. He said his family has been in the rodeo business forever, referring to Fettig Rodeo.

Nevada Jorgenson is now in the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in the Moderan-era Rodeo division. His brother Denver Jorgenson was inducted into the Hall of Fame a few years ago. He said this honor is very special to him and his family.

As we mentioned earlier, the legendary rodeo bull called Top Hand brought national attention to Aber Rodeo based in Beach, ND. Sally Aber said her husband, the late Bob Aber would’ve been so proud to know that this was the third Rodeo Livestock inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

And Chad Berger was also inducted into the Rodeo Arena division as a top notch Stock Contractor during the ceremony on Saturday.

World Champion Rodeo Tie-Down Roper Stran Smith was the keynote speaker during the 2018 North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on June 16th in Medora. Smith’s pro rodeo career spanned 20 years including a 2008 World Champion Tie-Down Roper title. He qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 11 times.

The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center is located on the western edge of the city of Medora. The Hall of Fame recognizes the importance of recording the history of people who made a difference in Rodeo and Ranching in North Dakota.

NDCHOF Inductees

For more information about the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame call 701-623-2000 or log online

L to R; 2008 World Champion Tie-Down Roper Stran Smith and NDCHOF Board member Dick Nelson of Valley City.
Chad Berger and family receive the honor for the Rodeo Arena division.
The family of the late Jack Reich accept the Leaders of Ranching and Rodeo honor for the family.
Center L to R; Eugene Weekes and Perry Weekes accept the Pre-1940’s Ranching honor for the late Steve Weekes Sr.
The family of Ralph Murray accepting the honor for the Modern Era Ranching division.
Olson Ranch family members accept the honor for the Ranches division.
Center; Dave Dahl and family accept the honor for Rodeo Pre-1970’s division.
Nevada Jorgenson and family accept his honor in the Rodeo Modern Era division.
Larry Sandvick and family accept his honor for the Rodeo Modern Era division.
Sally Aber and her daughter Jody accept the honor for “Top Hand” of Aber Rodeo Company for the Rodeo Livestock division on June 16th in Medora.

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