North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee - 2009
Angus Fox was born in Elbowoods, N.D., in 1936 to Guy and Grace (Parshall) Fox. Educated at Shell Creek Day School and Elbowoods High, he finished up high school at Killdeer because the waters from the Garrison Diversion project had inundated his parents' home place, and they were forced to relocate their large family to Mandaree.
Fox remembers that he and his brothers trailed their cattle 50 miles via the Sanish Bridge to get the herd to the new spread. He tamed and broke all his own horses. Fox began participating in rodeo in 1950, participating in saddle bronc, bareback, team roping, bull riding, wild horse racing and calf roping.
He attended Dickinson State College and was a member of the illustrious 1958 rodeo team that won the Rocky Mountain Regional Championship and went on to the National Championship Rodeo in Colorado Springs. He belonged to the N.D. High School Rodeo Association, the NDRA, the NDRCA and the Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association for many years. From 1962 2007, he was a member of the American Paint Horse Association.
Fox really showed his stuff in the saddle bronc riding events by capturing 11 high school and NDRA championships from 1954 1973. He also won bare-back championships in 1955 and 1965, calf roping championship in 1955 and an all around championship in 1959. He won GPIRA saddle bronc champion-ships in 1969, 1970 and 1973.
Suffering an injury in 1980, Fox threw in the rope, whereupon he began judging NDRA and high school rodeos in N.D. and out of state. He judged NDRA and high school rodeos from 1980 1986. He has also instructed young riders in GPIRA qualification and standards.
Residing in New Town, Fox still has a ranch east of where his parents lived. He supplemented ranch income by working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Fort Berthold to raise his family of five children, two of whom still live in the New Town area. He no longer runs cattle, but still registers his C+ brand for his horses. Fox is well known and well respected by his peers.