Paniolo Hall of Fame inductee perpetuates “Paniolo legacy”
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Henry Edward “Bud” Gibson was born in 1947 to Dee Benjamin and Frances M. Gibson. He was raised on Oʻahu in the cattle and dairy industry while his parents and grandparents helped to build and run various dairies and feedlots on Oʻahu and Kauai. His parent’s last dairy was Valley Dairy Farm located in Maunawili Valley.
During this time, Gibson was an active and successful participant in the 4-H program with his dairy heifers and beef steers. He was fortunate to win many showmanship and herdsmanship awards. He has continued in 4-H by donating his time as the auctioneer for different island and state 4-H auctions. Gibson has also auctioneered for various other charities and the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council auction for many years.
Gibson attended St. Ann’s School in Kaneohe, Hawaii Preparatory Academy on Hawaiʻi Island and the University of Hawaiʻi. During his years at Saddle City, he was schooled by talented horse trainers and World Champion Rodeo cowboys from the mainland that his dad had brought over to promote the rodeos and horse shows of that time. In 1964, Gibson, his mother, and Amy Rich opened New Town & Country Stables in Waimanalo, Oʻahu which celebrated 50 years in business in 2014.
Gibson has competed successfully in all aspects of rodeo competition such as Saddle Broncs, Bareback Broncs, Bull Riding, Team Roping, Double Mugging and Calf Roping both in Hawaiʻi and on the mainland. He was one of the youngest members of what is now the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association. He also competed in horse shows in both English and Western classes and had great success on the mainland with many different horses in various Snaffle Bit Futurities and Registered Quarter Horse Shows. Gibson has also been a professional polo player, playing locally, nationally, and internationally. He is continuing his love of performance horses by specializing in starting young horses and schooling cutters, cow horses, and reiners. Gibson has spent his entire life learning how a cow and horse think and has become known as one of Hawaii’s best horsemen.
Gibson is dedicated to his Father in Heaven, his family, his friends, his cattle, horses and dogs. He continues to be a hands-on caretaker and steward of the land. He always said, “He was born 100 years too late.”
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