Aubrey Lord

April 7, 1922 – December 13, 2008

Aubrey was born April 7, 1922 in Crookston, Nebraska where his parents Boise and Marcia Lord operated a livery stable. Two years later his parents purchased a ranch in the Simeon community where Aub resided until his death in December of 2008. Aub ranched alongside his father learning how to raise and handle cattle in the quiet and efficient manner that had been done on the open range by his Grandfather.

Aubrey served in the Army from 1942 through 1946. After the Army, he moved back to the ranch but during the first summer he rode a horse every day to the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge and worked as a watchman in the fire tower.

On June 28, 1951 Aubrey married Dorothy Belville. They had four children: Shirley, Audrey, Marcia and JB. They ranched year round but on weekends in the summer they packed up the pickup, camper, trailer, horses and kids. They hit the road and went to as many rodeos as they could. Aub was a very handy cowboy. He worked all 6 events which was very unusual and was successful in all of them, he rodeoed in Nebraska and South Dakota. At Aub’s funeral, Charlie Colombe recalled several events he witnessed and he stated Aub was easily one of the best saddle bronc riders he has ever met. He stated he had never seen him bucked off a saddle bronc horse, he just seemed like it was a day at the office. When Aub’s oldest child was 5, Dorothy convinced him it was time to quit the rough stock events so then he only did timed events. The only exception was a rodeo in South Dakota about 5 years later where he entered the bull doggin, but when he got there they had entered him in the bull riding. He didn’t turn out because he found out he had drawn a good bull. He not only rode him but won the bull riding.

Aub had a good eye for spotting excellent horses and a special gift for training them. He also was a great coach to his children. He didn’t send them to any rodeo without making sure they were prepared to win.

After he slowed down rodeoing, he took his three younger children to Little Britches Rodeos in several states and later to High School Rodeos. And later following his two Grandsons to watch them.

After his kids left home, in 1982 at the age of 58, he participated in the Old Timers Rodeo in Hyannis where he won the Steer Wrestling with a time of 4.55. He then joined the Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association and participated in some Old Mens Breakaway competition. In 1991 he won the White River Rodeo with a time of 1.5 seconds which was an NRCA record.

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