Dennis Gee Memorial Steer Wrestling

Dennis (right) dogging with Mickey hazing at the Santa Rosa Rodeo in Vernon in 1998. (Photo by Dudley Barker, courtesy of the Gee family)

By Judy Wade 167

Mark your calendar for 10 a.m. Saturday, November 11 for the First Annual Dennis Gee Memorial Steer Wrestling at the Henrietta Cowboy Church Arena. A qualifier for the American semifinals and with over $5,000 in added money, the event is sure to draw some of the best-known names in the steer wrestling world.

All proceeds will benefit the Dennis Gee Memorial Scholarship Fund. Begun in 2016 with donations made in Gee’s memory, the first year saw four young people receive scholarships to assist in their education. In 2017, two more were awarded the $500 scholarships. A concession stand on the day of the event will also benefit the fund.

Rodeoing for more than 30 years, Gee was a PRCA Gold Card member. He was one of the most respected steer wrestlers, hazers and horse trainers in the business. His rodeo career took him all over the country, including Madison Square Garden, Calgary, Alberta and the IRA finals. He also had a love for teaching other up-and-coming bull doggers.

Born Jan. 29, 1949, to Edward Gene and Ellen (Case) Gee, he passed away Feb. 26, 2016, at his home in Dean. In 1986, he married Donna Cox, a barrel racer, and together they shared a passion for rodeo.

That passion was passed down to son Mickey, 1999 NFR World Champion steer wrestler. One of Gee’s proudest moments was in 2001 when Mickey was struggling to make the NFR finals and called his dad to come haze for him during the summer Cowboy Christmas run. Another proud moment was hazing for Mickey at the 2003 NFR in Las Vegas.

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