December 3, 1933
Eddie was the Nebraska State Champion Bareback Rider in 1953, 1954 and 1955. His Bareback Championships include a few of these following rodeos: Paxton-1954; Arthur-1955 and 1956; Nebraska Amateur Cowboy Association-1954; Nebraska Amateur All Around Champion-1954; Sutherland-1955; Broken Bow-1955 and Paxton-1956.
He served in the Army National Guard from 1956-1958 and was stationed in Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri for a year. Then in 1961 he attended CSU in Ft. Collins, Colorado pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine. A year later, Eddie needed to move back to the family ranch due to his father’s ill health.
His family continued to farm and ranch near Paxton, Nebraska until 1978. In 1980, they established Guynan Machine and Steel, Inc. in North Platte, and they lived there until 2005. Eddie retired from the business in 1996 and his son Kirk took over. Eddie and Betty moved back to their Paxton Ranch in 2005.
Rodeo contestants and fans know who Eddie Guynan is when they attended the Buffalo Bill Rodeo. Eddie served on the Buffalo Bill Rodeo Board of Directors from 1988-2008 (20 years). He was the plaque recipient from the Navy Submarine Crew, USS Nebraska. Eddie was also honored with the Trail Boss Award from the Buffalo Bill Rodeo Board of Directors in 2008. In 1988, Eddie designed and built the current/existing crow’s nest and chutes for the Buffalo Bill Rodeo during Nebraskaland Days.
Eddie Guynan is and always has been a champion, a successful businessman, a community volunteer, a rodeo fan/corporate sponsor and a friend to all.