Walt Cameron-Committee Member
Walt Cameron was born April 20th, 1936. He moved to Salinas to work as an engineer for Spreckels Sugar Company and was involved with 4-H and the Salinas Jaycees, an involvement that led to Cameron becoming Chairman and President of the Colmo del Rodeo Parade. In the late 1960’s, Walt got involved with the Rodeo as Chairman of the Maintenance and Construction Committee. He was named a Director in 1972, was awarded the Gold Saddleman Award in 1985, became Vice President in 1988 and served as President from 1992-1993. Walt supervised the replacement of wooden pens and chutes with steel structures, development of the Hansen Pavilion, construction of Parking Lot A, earthwork for the softball complex and, in 1996, the replacement of the main grandstand structure. Walt worked tirelessly year round to improve the facilities at the Rodeo Grounds and drove out almost daily to eat his lunch here for years. Walt passed away in 2004 leaving behind a facility that will serve the California Rodeo Association for generations.
J. Michael Storm-Committee Member
Born December 18, 1937, J. Michael ‘Mike’ Storm was a third generation Californian, born and raised in Salinas. Always active in the agricultural community and a vigilant public servant, Mike served as a Rotarian, Vice President of Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, President of Grower Shipper Vegetable Association, Treasurer and Director of the Western Growers Association and was a member of Rancheros Vistadores. Mike served as President of the California Rodeo from 1996-1997, and was a Director of Public Recreation Unlimited while serving on many other boards. As Director of Rodeo Concessions, Mike was instrumental in bringing the concession operation in-house, running the entire operation with volunteers and funding hundreds of local charities in the process. Due largely to the efforts of Mike Storm, The California Rodeo annually gives hundreds of thousands of dollars back to the community. For his outstanding service to the Rodeo he was awarded the Gold Saddleman Award in 1998. Mike passed away in October of 2010.
Born in 1909 in Farmersville, California, Clay Carr was a ranch hand and an all-around cowboy who earned 15 championships at the California Rodeo. In 1928 he won the saddle bronc riding and in 1929 the steer decorating event. 1930 brought a steer roping championship, 1931 a tie down roping buckle and in 1932 he won the saddle bronc riding again. Carr won the team roping, the saddle bronc riding and the all-around title in 1933. He took home the all-around prize again in 1934 and 1935 adding another steer decorating win in 1935. In 1937 he won the tie down roping, in 1938 the steer wrestling and in 1939 the steer roping; he had back to back wins in the team roping with Vern Castro in 1949 and 1950. Carr passed away in April 1957 in Visalia, California.
Image copyright DeVere Helfrich, courtesy of the Dickinson Research Center at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Perry Ivory was born April 1, 1905 on the JF Ranch in Dorris, California. A top hand from a young age, Perry won championships across the US consistently. In Salinas alone he won nine championships in various events over a span of almost ten years. He won the bull riding in 1922, both the bull riding and saddle bronc riding in 1926, 1929 and 1930 and in 1931 he won the saddle bronc riding again along with the steer decorating event. Perry rodeoed with greats like Billy Ward and Pete Knight. Even when he wasn’t competing he would ride horses for $2 a head for Harry Rowell in Hayward to see if they were good enough for Harry’s string of bucking stock. After Perry retired from competition, he was a rodeo judge, flagging the team roping here at Salinas for many years, and managed the Rowell Ranch for Harry Rowell as well. Perry passed away in 1983.
Julius G. Trescony-Notable
Julius G. Trescony was born on March 18, 1890 and had an unbroken record of attendance at the California Rodeo from 1911 until his death in 1982. He was in the first contingent of 43 cattlemen and cowboys who rode to Salinas from their ranches in southern Monterey County to perform at the inaugural Rodeo. “We just went up there to have fun-ride some bulls, bucking horses and exhibit our roping skills. My good friend Walter Lynch of Tierra Redondo country and I won the first team roping,” Julius was proud to say. He rode one of his favorite mounts, Chapo, with only a rope around his neck, no bridle, to become the champion trick rider at the California Rodeo in 1913 and 1914. Another of his beloved horses, Bayo, helped Julius earn the Bert Sooy silver cup in the Reined Cow Horse competition. In the years after he could no longer ride he loved nothing better than watching the next generation of cowboys continue the tradition of the California Rodeo.