Drackert was one of the great supporters of the Reno Rodeo throughout
much of its history, a relationship that started in the early 1930s and
continued until his death in 1990.
Wilmont Drackert was born Dec. 23, 1904, in Pony, Mont. By the age of
16, he was working the local rodeo circuit. After graduation from high
school in 1924, he continued to enter rodeos and eventually became
Champion Cowboy of America at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1931, after being named the North American Champion at the Calgary
Stampede, Drackert gave up rodeo competition and moved to Reno, where he
became a riding instructor for Baker Stables. He later owned his own
stables in Reno, north Lake Tahoe and San Francisco.
In 1932, he helped organize “Pony Express Days” in Reno and in 1936 he joined Charles Sadeir in organizing
the return of the Reno Rodeo.After World War II Drackert owned Mt. Rose
Guest Ranch. From 1945-56, he owned the Pyramid Lake Guest Ranch, which
became nationally famous for because it catered to easterners
establishing their Nevada residency for the purpose of a divorce.
1959, Drackert and his wife owned the Donner Trail Guest Ranch in
Verdi, where Joan managed the business and Harry operated the outdoor
aspects of the ranch. Drackert was one of the original members of the
Reno Rodeo Association, serving its board for many years and as its
president in 1968.
Harry Drackert died in Dec. 26, 1990, at the age of 86.