One of the top riders in the history of rodeo, Marvin Garrett of Belle Fourche, has been named to the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame was developed by South Dakota's sportswriters to recognize outstanding individuals in sports. The announcement was made recently by the hall's governing board.
Garrett is among 10 in the current class of athletes recognized by the hall's board. He currently resides at Rozet, Wyo.
The 10 will be inducted at a banquet April 8 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Ticket information will be released at a later date.
Along with the longtime Belle Fourche rodeo standout, three of South Dakota's finest high school coaches, including Burnell Glanzer (Armour basketball), Harvey Naasz (Winner football) and Forry Flaagan (Rapid City Stevens cross country), lead a group of 10 individuals selected for induction into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.
The South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame Class will also include a bevy of outstanding athletes and contributors including basketball greats Dana (Nielsen) Honner and Amy Burnett, world champion bareback rider Marvin Garrett, pole vaulter Duane Rykhus, boxer Jerry James, along with sportswriter Mel Antonen and referee Jim E. Ricketts.
With this class of inductees, the hall will boast a membership of 286. Glanzer lives in Armour while Honner, Ricketts and James are from Sioux Falls with Naasz in Winner, Burnett in Austin, Texas; Rykhus in Brookings Garrett in Rozet, Wyo., Flaagan in Rapid City, and Antonen in Washington, D.C.
Garret's achievements listed in the announcement include: A four-time world bareback champion (1988-89, 1994-95), the Belle Fourche native was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1998.
A 5-foot-7, 150-pounder, Garrett narrowly missed a fifth title, being edged out on the last ride at the 1996 National Finals Rodeo by brother Mark.
Marvin also was runner-up in 1987. Garrett was the PRCA regular-season money leader four times (1989, 1993-94 and ’96).
He won the PRCA rookie of the Year award in 1984.
Twelve times he qualified for the NFR. He set the bareback single-season earnings record with $156,733 in 1995. In all, he earned almost $1.4 million in his rodeo career.
A highlight of his career was representing the United States as a member of the 1988 U.S. Rodeo Team in the Calgary Olympics.
Garrett recorded his first 90-point ride at the Black Hills Roundup over the Fourth of July 2004 in his home town of Belle Fourche on Powder River’s Khadafy Skoal. At age 12 he began riding steers. At 15 he wanted to be a bullrider but his mother put a stop to that but she said he could ride bareback horses and he soon forgot all about bull riding.
Garrett also had been a wrestling standout at Belle Fourche High School.