There are few people in the world of rodeo, inside or outside of the arena, more recognizable and respected than Hadley Barrett. Sadly, we all eventually must move on, and it was Hadley's time today.
The four-time PRCA Announcer of the Year was also inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1999, and those are just two of his hundreds of awards and accomplishments.
But the thing that most people who knew Hadley will remember most about him from his 87 years is his kindness and friendship. I personally grew up listening to him announce the Greeley Stampede and knew someday I wanted to be just like him. Although our paths kind of led us in different directions, once I got to know Hadley he became a dear friend who sort of took me under his wings and always offered advice and words of encouragement along with an old rodeo story or two for good measure.
Although known nationally, Hadley always seemed a little more special to Northern Colorado as he and his wife called the area just eat of Greeley home for years.
Hadley will certainly be missed at the rodeo, but more so, many people, including myself, will miss their friend. Rest well, Hadley.
Details of his passing are still forthcoming.