Hall of Fame Inductee Has Led Cowboy Life

Ben Reynolds has spent a lifetime in ranching, and nearly all of his life has been spent in Sheridan County.

His father worked on a ranch in New Mexico, owned by the Gill Cattle Company. Around 1947, the company brought a ranch in the Sheridan area, and sent Ben's dad north to work up here. Ben was 5 years old when his family made the move. He said his father later bought his own ranch property here.

A calf roper and team roper since he was 7 years old, a horse wrangler for nearly 25 years, Reynolds was recently inducted into the new Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame in Douglas. He was nominated for the honor by his daughter, Liz Reynolds Kincaid. She talked with Sheridan Media about her decision to nominate him for the honor.

In addition to ranching, Reynolds rodeoed for several years, including roping events in the Sheridan-WYO Rodeo. He never participated in rough stock events, but by 2009, he had been in more than 45 Sheridan-WYO performances. He also spent several years as a director of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

He's one of only three Sheridan County residents to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in its first year. Also honored are Raymond Hutson and Howard Wesley “Jack” Sipe Sr., who was inducted posthumously. He died in 2011.

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