Inducted in 2007
Ellensburg High School graduate Allen Bach is one of the greatest team ropers of all time, with 29 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) appearances and four NFR Team-Roping World Championship buckles during his stellar career.
Bach credits his parents, Courtney and Laura, for his work ethic and drive. Courtney and Laura Bach met, married, and worked together as welders in the Seattle shipyards before moving to eastern Washington and raising a family of six. “My dad worked really hard, from morning ‘til night drilling wells,” Bach recalled in a recent interview in ProRodeo Sports News. “My mom was a real go-getter and…the most inspiring person in my life.” Bach’s parents succumbed to cancer in 1972 and 1987, respectively.
Born in Soap Lake, Washington in 1957, Allen Bach learned cowboying skills from Columbia Plateau wranglers and rodeo competitors. Kittitas Valley roper Jerry Anderson remembers first seeing Bach at the King Ranch and other ropings around Coulee City. “Riding his good little horse ‘Boots,’ Allen was a contender from the start,” Anderson recalls. Bach continued to hone his expertise in high school rodeos, ropings, and on his family’s new Wilson Creek Road home. Anderson owned a rope business and arena on the Vantage Highway and observed the youth’s progress. “Allen was very dedicated to his roping from the start,” Anderson states. “No one has worked harder at it or been more competitive.”
Allen Bach graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1975 and joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1978. A team-roping heeler, he won the Columbia River Circuit championship his rookie year, and qualified for the National Finals Rodeo one year later. Over the next three decades, he won championship buckles and day money at nearly every major rodeo across America and Canada, qualifying for twenty-nine NFR rodeos. Bach’s 2006 winnings were $172,986.00.
In 2006, Allen Bach and his header Chad Masters placed first and second, respectively, in the PRCA World standings and Bach won his fourth NFR Team Roping World Championship. This victory, coming as it did near the end of his third decade of professional competition, “was a huge accomplishment for me, and a blessing,” Bach reflects. “I’ve had a fairytale career.”
Despite his professional accomplishments, Allen Bach states “rodeo in and of itself would leave you pretty empty if that’s the only purpose you had for your life.” Peggy, Bach’s wife of twenty-nine years, and their children Joel, Tyler, April, and Erica, provide that extra purpose. So too does Bach’s recent ordination to the Christian ministry. Alongside some of his fellow timed event competitors, Bach runs “Forever Cowboys,” a faith-based ministry emphasizing moral values, athletic and spiritual growth, and the cowboy code of behavior. “I have just felt that God has impressed it on me to serve Him,” Bach states.
“Victory not only comes materially but on the inside,” Allen Bach reflects. “I encourage all people, especially young people, to realize the mental victories they have and learn from their failures, but then forget their failures…remember the steers you catch and build on those victories.”
Allen Bach’s victories, in both his rodeo career and his personal life, have been momentous. In his twenty-nine years as a PRCA cowboy he has, according to ProRodeo Sports News, “cemented himself as a future ProRodeo Hall of Famer and built a reputation as one of the greatest team ropers of all time.”