Tarleton State University’s Rodeo Hall of Fame inducts two individual members and a family Saturday, Nov. 11, during its eighth annual steak dinner and auction.
Inductees are Robert Anderson, Isaac Diaz and the Fambro family.
The event, which benefits Tarleton Rodeo program’s scholarship fund, begins at 6 p.m. with an auction reception and preview mixer followed by dinner, the Rodeo Hall of Fame induction ceremony and a live auction.
Admission to the event, taking place at the City Hall venue at City Limits, is $50 per person and includes dinner. Tickets are available until the day of the event, or by contacting the Office of Rodeo Activities at 254-968-9344 or 254-968-9187.
About this year’s Rodeo Hall of Fame inductees:
Robert Anderson: The winning tradition of Tarleton’s rodeo team lured Robert Anderson to the university to compete while advancing his education. A bull rider who won the event’s average in the 1970 College National Finals Rodeo, Anderson received scholarships offered by local business leaders including veterinarian Dr. Ken Dorris, area rancher Joe Fambro and Red Cook.
Maintaining his passion for the university team, Anderson helped create the Tarleton Rodeo Alumni Chapter where he serves as president.
Isaac Diaz: A member of Tarleton’s 2010 CNFR team, Diaz won that season’s saddle bronc riding title. After leaving Tarleton, he continued his professional career in rodeo with five Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifications along with an Elite Rodeo Association bid. He claimed first-place finishes at 10 stops during 2017 and was co-champion at two more.
When not on the rodeo circuit with wife Britany, a WNFR barrel-racing qualifier, he raises horses at their home in Desdemona.
The Fambro family: Starting with the establishment of a scholarship in 1989, members of the Fambro family have been avid supporters of the Tarleton Rodeo program for nearly 30 years. The family’s contributions have benefited generations of students and the Tarleton Rodeo program as a whole.
R.L. “Tuffy” Fambro initiated a Rodeo and Agriculture Scholarship to honor his parents, Alex Price and Ruby Fambro, who were ranchers in Erath and Stephens counties.
In 2002, the family and friends began the Memorial Rodeo Scholarship in honor of R.L.’s brother, Joe Price Fambro. Joe and his wife, Chitchi, helped build the college rodeo practice facilities and supported past coach Bob Doty in many capacities.
Competing for the purple and white under the motto, “A Winning Tradition,” Tarleton’s rodeo teams have won seven national championship titles, 26 individual national championships and numerous NIRA (National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association) Southwest Region titles since the program was established in 1947.
Tarleton currently boasts one of the largest collegiate rodeo teams in the nation with more than 100 card-holding student members.