North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee - 2002
Figure Four was born in the late 1940s on the Figure Four Ranch about 30 miles northwest of Killdeer.
Bred by ranch owner Vic Christensen, he was born to a gentle saddle mare, and his sire is unknown. Vic sold the horse to Nick Fettig of Killdeer in the early 1950s, where Figure Four became part of the rodeo operation.
Nick then sold the horse to Phil Fettig. When Phil died in 1960, the Figure Four ownership transferred to Jack Fettig.
A steel-gray gelding about 16 hands and weighing about 1,300 pounds, he had a good temperament and was easy to handle. Figure Four’s first time out of the bucking chute was as a three year old in the fall of 1952. Perhaps his most famous trip was at the 1956 Dickinson Match of Champions, when six-time World Champion saddle bronc rider Casey Tibbs rode him.
Figure Four was selected for the 1959 National Finals Rodeo and was the high-marked saddle bronc in the two go-rounds. He returned to the NFR in 1961, 1962 and 1964.
From 1964 to 1966, he was used only in bareback riding, with his last performance in 1966. Figure Four was still owned by Jack Fettig when he died on his home ground in the Little Missouri Badlands in the late 1960s. He was about 22 years old at the time of his death.