Henryetta chamber of commerce executive director Roy Madden was inducted into the Military Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame this past week.
Madden, a native of Holdenville, received the honor during ceremonies at Topeka, Kansas.madden buckle
A veteran of the United states Air Force, he has been involved in rodeos and is one of the co-founders of the Military Rodeo Association. He helped write a standardized rule book, built membership and established a system for qualifying for the military finals rodeo.
After leaving the Air Force, Roy became the Recreation Manager and later Stable Manager for the Marine Corps base at 29 Palms, Calif.
It was in this role that he became involved in military rodeo when he was building equine recreation programs for the base. He developed a base rodeo team, secured funding and directed construction of a covered multi-purpose riding arena.
To ensure that the rodeo team had the support they needed, he worked with the command structure to obtain rodeo equipment, bleachers, bucking stock, timed event stock, and a bucking machine that helped the team train. Madden was responsible for the first rodeo on the base and worked with other installations to initiate rodeo programs on their bases.
After retiring from federal service in 2002, Madden moved to Weleetka where he operates a small ranch operation and started working with the Henryetta chamber of commerce. He has been active as a singer/songwriter and enjoys performing cowboy music wherever he can. That work has included coordinating efforts for the annual Jim Shoulders Living Legends rodeo.