Successful Stock Contractor Fred Dorenkamp Dies at Age 90

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Fred Dorenkamp, a recipient of the Donita Barnes Contract Personnel Lifetime Achievement Award, passed away 90-years-old on April 17.

Dorenkamp ran Dorenkamp Rodeo Company for over 40 years alongside his wife Norma, beginning all the way back in 1950. As a stock contractor, Dorenkamp produced an NFR Bareback Horse of the Year in 1990 and the PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year in 1991.

Fred lived most of his life in Holly, Colorado, where he learned to ride horses and gather cattle after not growing up in the Western lifestyle.

“In the 1950s, when the drought was so bad dad had to find another way to make money. He knew a guy who rodeoed, and that guy taught him to steer wrestle and it went from there,” his son Scott, the PRCA Livestock Program Manger and Government Relationships Manager, said. “Dad rode barebacks and broncs and did some bull riding and steer wrestled.....In his heyday, bareback riding was his best event.”

Scott added that Fred was still riding horses well into his 80s.

“He love the rodeo life.”