Indian National Finals Rodeo
Indian National Finals Rodeo
Champion Biography

Spike Guardipee

2001 Spotlight

With an accomplishment list as long as Spike Guardipee’s, it’s safe to say he’s one of the most dangerous cowboys competing today.  Famed for his numerous Indian National Finals Rodeo championships, Blackfeet native Guardipee is one of the best known Indian cowboys.  Anyone who knows anything about rodeo has heard of Spike Guardipee, and most will say that he is one of the most naturally talented and gifted cowboys competing. 

The 40 year old cowboy competes in all three men’s timed events, Calf Roping, Team Roping, and Steer Wrestling, and is skilled in all three.  His credentials speak for themselves.  He won the prestigious INFR All-Around championship in 1990, ’91, and ’98, the INFR Steer Wrestling title in 1991, the INFR Calf Roping championship in 1990 and ’96, and the INFR Team Roping title in 1981. 

Guardipee was also the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Champion All-Around Cowboy in 1983 and ’88, and also won the Team Roping in 1983.  He won the Northern Rodeo Association Team Roping title in 1988, and the Calf Roping and All Around in 1987.

Not only is Guardipee a talented all-around cowboy, but also has one other thing to be proud of.  He has passed down his rodeo talent to his son J.C., who also competes in all three timed events.