“I’ve been roping since I’ve been big enough to throw a rope.”
On April 6, 1915, Harold Riley Grinstead was born to William and Elsa Grinstead in Deerfield, KS. In 1921, the family moved to Colorado. At 14, he entered his first rodeo. He married Hazel Heckart on June 1, 1936. They had seven children, Harold Richard, Billy Joe, Dorothy Marie, Arthur Earl, Nancy Irene, Terry Lee and Dianna Sue. In 1936, he began working with cattle west of Pueblo, CO. In 1944, Harold and Hazel moved to Syracuse, KS to run cattle for Hugh Ford and to work the sale barn on Saturdays. In 1963, the family moved briefly to Paradise, KS before going back to southwest Kansas where Harold and son, Bill, started a custom hay and grain hauling business. In 1974, Harold began doing what really made him happy – riding a horse through pens for Aid Feed yard in Syracuse. For the next 10 years, he worked for feed yards in Hamilton and Stanton Counties as a cowboy or boss. During this time, he became involved in The International Feedlot Cowboy Association. For 24 out of 25 years, he and his wife traveled to Nevada for the IFCA finals. From 1984 to his retirement in 1996 he worked at the Hamilton County Landfill. He remained active until suffering a heart attack during celebrity roping at the PRCA rodeo in Dodge City 1999. He was a charter member of the Syracuse Saddle Club, belonged to the IFCA and was a United States Team Roping Championship Gold Card Member. He won the IFCA Top Hand Award in 1988 and 1998, was the Bob Majors Open Roping champion in 1989, roped in Garden and Dodge City Pro Rodeo Celebrity roping and was awarded numerous prizes at the USTRC and local team ropings. His proudest moments were while roping in these contests. Harold passed away on April 5, 2009, one day before his 94th birthday.
Year inducted: 2011