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“Our Collective Hearts Broke”: Horse Riding World Mourns the Saddening Loss of Hall of Famer Who Achieved Unbelievable Feat Once

Published 05/29/2023, 5:42 PM EDT

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Montana-based Hall of Famer equestrian, Robert J. Wilson, had multiple feathers in his cap. He was a cowboy, a rancher, a pilot, and a sheepman. Along with playing a multitude of roles with absolute finesse, Wilson loved saddling up on his horse and traveling distances. However, on 28th May, the equestrian left the world for his heavenly abode and left the community to ponder over his legacy.

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Following Wilson’s unfortunate passing, eulogies and tributes started to pour in. His friends, family, and close-knit acquaintances paid their sincere encomiums to the equestrian. On the similar note, Montana-based livestock farm Bronc Riding Nation also took a moment to pay their unfeigned tributes to Wilson.

The equestrian community left heartbroken by the loss of Jim Wilson


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Remembering his unwavering dedication toward his vocation and unquantifiable passion for the sport, Bronc Riding Nation penned a heartfelt eulogy for Jim Wilson. The farm wrote, “Our collective hearts broke in Bronc Riding Nation tonight.” 

More so, a Texas-based media house, also took a moment to express their deep condolences for the Hall of Famer. Re sharing Bronc Riding’s post, Tenn Texas Radio added, “We are sadden to see this post on the loss of Jim Wilson, we send our condolences with Bronc Riding Nation as well as his precious wife Louise and family“.


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Jim Wilson, a true cowboy and cherished member of the community, embarked on his final ride toward the Promised Land. He left behind a legacy that will forever inspire those who knew him.

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Wilson was born in Broadus, Montana, on May 15, 1945. His passion for equestrian sports got piqued when he was just a teen. Therefore, after completing his graduation from Belle Fourche High School in 1963, he returned to the ranch. Wilson’s remarkable career as a pickup man spanned five decades. The news of his induction into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame came as a surprise to him, but not to those who knew him best.

Alongside his wife Louise, who provided unwavering support, Wilson traveled to various rodeos, including Mandan Rodeo Days, Douglas, and Buffalo, leaving a lasting impact on the community. Apart from his rodeo endeavors, Wilson served as a local brand inspector for the State of Montana for 59 years, always on horseback to get a better look at the cattle.


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His passion for flying and coyote hunting led him to acquire a Brantley B-2B helicopter. Though while chasing wild horses, the helicopter met with a tragic accident. However, Wilson survived to tell the story. Even at the age of 77, he was dedicated to the Western way of life, emersed in what defined him.

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Gincy Abraham


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Gincy Abraham, an accomplished sports news writer at EssentiallySports, has a profound passion for surfing and a talent for covering the latest developments in sports. With expertise in Olympic news, Gincy captures the essence of the global sporting event. With a bachelor's degree in journalism and years of experience as a news reporter, Gincy is always in pursuit to deliver accurate content religiously.
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