Gary Gist – Supporter/Contributor
Gary Gist has spent nearly his whole life competing in or lending his innovative craftsmanship to the sport of rodeo. He first competed in the California Rodeo Salinas in the team roping event in 1958 at the age of 12 with his father Byron Gist; they went on to win the team roping championship together in 1965. Gist competed in the professional team roping event for over 25 years, only missing one year while he was stationed in Vietnam, and then competed in the Gold Card Team Roping for over 30 years, winning another buckle with his father who was 84 years old at the time. Gist treasures his Salinas buckles, but his legacy is crafting the coveted championship buckles for the past two decades that contestants across the world strive to win. Known as the ‘prettiest buckles in the rodeo world,’ the quality and craftsmanship of the Salinas buckles can be attributed to Gist Silversmiths and some of Gary Gist’s finest work.