Craig Latham, a nine-time National Finals Rodeo qualifying saddle bronc rider, passed away Oct. 8 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 54."Craig was just great," legendary saddle bronc rider Billy Etbauer said. "He had as much try as anybody and he was the greatest traveling partner you could ever have. There is not enough good you could say about him. He would just grit his teeth and get it done."
Latham traveled with his best friends – brothers and ProRodeo Hall of Famers – Robert, Billy, and Dan Etbauer – and was commonly referred to as the "fourth brother." They rode all over the United States and Canada, with Billy winning five saddle bronc riding world championships and Robert claiming two more.
"It didn't matter what Craig was always there," Billy said. "He would help anybody, and they just don't get any better. I wouldn't have been able to do a lot of what I did and was able to do without Craig. He was a huge blessing to me as far as life and rodeo."
Latham qualified for the NFR in 1989-90, and 1992-98. He finished in the top five in the world standings six times and was a career-best second in 1993. He also placed a personal-best second in the NFR average in 1993 and 1998.
Latham, who joined the PRCA in October of 1987, earned $947,834 during his rodeo career...MORE