John McBeth was born on October 2, 1940 to Harold and Lorene (Padgett) in Kingman, Kansas where he was raised and educated. He attended Hutchinson Junior College and went on to McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana on a rodeo scholarship. From 1956 to 1963 he pursued an amateur rodeo career, but went to two rodeos in 1963 as a professional, placing in both. Starting in 1965 he began riding in the National Finals Rodeo returning nine more consecutive times and again in 1978. In 1974 he won the Champion Saddle Bronc Rider World Title. John also had two appearances at the NFR as elected judge and 1976 and 1979, and was color commentator at the event several times. He performed in pro rodeo until 1988 when he retired by scoring 81 points on his last bronc ride at Yukon, Oklahoma. He married Francie Brewer in El Dorado, Kansas in 1962. They have two sons, Bart born in 1963, and Blake born in 1972. John and Francie have five grandchildren. John has a Bronc Riding School held mostly in Oneida, South Dakota. Many notables have come out of his school including Derek Clark, Tom C. Miller, Marty Jasndreau, Monte Melvin, his oldest son Bart, Gibson Nez, Larry Jordan, and Matt and Joe Reed. As many as eight of his graduates have qualified for the NFR. Three of his students Robert and Billy Etbauer, and Tom Reeves have eight world titles among them. John is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the Senior Pro Rodeo and the Rodeo Historical Society.
Year inducted: 2008