August 12, 2009
Charter members of the Payson Rodeo Legends Ring of Honor inducted July 17, 2009 are (from left): Eddie Conway,
Frank Kelly, Tammy Kelly, Nancy Sheppard, Penny Conway and Harry Shill. Also pictured, at far right, is Austin Haught, whose father attended the first Payson Rodeo in 1884.
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The Rim Country and Tonto Basin may be remote, but perhaps that isolation and the best air anywhere are what provided the perfect habitat for rodeo champions and legendary cowboys. The area has produced 11 world champion rodeo competitors over the years and some of them still hold records in their fields. It is also home to some legendary cowboys.