Checotah has a rich heritage in cattle ranching which was the root for the sport of rodeo. Rodeo has made the town the Steerwrestling Capital of the World. Five (5) PRCA World Champion Steerwrestlers called Checotah home.
Benny Combs - 1955 - (1958 RCA World Champion Runner up, NFR Finalist, 5 times, and 1951 Inter-collegiate Bareback Champion)
Willard Combs - 1957 - (1955 RCA World Champion Runner up, 1959 National Finals Average Champion, 1952-1962 RCA Top Ten, PRCA Board of Directors, 4 years, Owner of "Baby Doll", Horse of the Year, 3 times
Roy Duvall - 1967,1968,1972 - ( 1968, 1981, 1984 World Champion Runner up, National Finalist, 24 times, 1984 National Finals Average Champion, 1977, 1981, 1984 Prairie Circuit Champion, Owner of "Whiskey", 1980 Horse of the Year)
Billy Hale - 1971 - (1963, 1973 National Finals Runner up, 1963, 1964 National Flinals Average Champion, National Fianlist, 3 times)
Ote Berry - 1985,1990,1991,1995 - (1980 High School World Champion, 1991,1994,1995 Prairie Circuit Champion, 1993 PRCA Runner up)
Roy Duvall and Ote Berry are members of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, and Roy was a 1998 inductee into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
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