Florida Folklife Program

Folk Heritage Awards Recipient: Pete Clemons

Pete Clemons, . .
Pete Clemons

Pete Clemons - 2009 Florida Folk Heritage Award

Pete Clemons has been tremendously successful in his 25-year rodeo career. He has won the Best All Around Cowboy title at the Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee nine times. This required excelling in five events: saddle bronc, bareback bronc, calf roping, steer wrestling, and bull riding. He has competed throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada and Cuba. He has also traveled twice to South America to serve as an ambassador of U.S. rodeo. The high regard for Clemons by his peers is reflected by his selection as “Big Boss” of the National Day of the American Cowboy celebration in Okeechobee in 2007 and 2008.