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Lee Roy Reborse

Lee Roy Reborse (1920-1981)

Lee Roy Reborse was born on the Owyhee Desert on January 8, 1920 and laid to rest October 22, 1981, in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.

Born on the Owyhee Desert, Lee Roy ranched in Nevada until 1963 before migrating to Australia. Lee's working years in Nevada started at the age of fifteen. He went to work for the Hip O, Tonopah, Nevada, at the time owned by the late Jim Butler. He stayed there for three years.

In 1941 Lee was drafted into the Air Force, he served in the European Theatre for three years in the 13th Wing Division Heavy Bombardment. After returning from the war he then managed the Bottle Creek Ranch for about ten years. While at Bottle Creek Lee trained several rein horses and hackamore horses. Tony Foster was a bridle horse he trained and showed at the Cow Palace winning second in the Open Rein Class. This was in 1947. In 1953 he won the Hackamore Class at the Cow Palace on a hackamore horse called Leppie. The following season he won the Hackamore Class in Reno on Hezzekiah. He also showed many times in the Elko County Fair.

Leaving Bottle Creek, Lee went to work for the Pine Creek outfit, Tonopah, Nevada in 1958. There was a blue horse in the cavvy, Lee rode and trained, he won the Open Rein Class in Salinas, California. Woodie Bell was there at the time.

On two occasions Lee broke horses for Frank Loveland at McCleary's Quarter Circle A Ranch in Paradise Valley. Then the last time Lee broke horses for McCleary, Sweet Pea a horse Lee started was voted Bucking Horse of the Year. Sweet Pea's rodeo life is on video at Boulder, Colorado. Sweet Pea was an outstanding reining and snaffle bit horse

Lee came back to Elko from Australia for a holiday. While visiting Lee borrowed a horse from the late Leroy Horn and showed in Elko Fair. Lee put on a lot of reining classes in Australia and wound several reining classes. Lee’s name still comes up often; you may say Lee, in Queensland, is a bit of a legend.

Lee Roy Reborse was inducted into the Buckaroo Hall of Fame in September 2004.