Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

A Cowboy's Cowboy, and a Friend to Hollywood's Western Legends

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

A Cowboy's Cowboy, and a Friend to Hollywood's Western Legends

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OBITUARY: Rodeo star, roper, horse trainer and trick shooter dies at 94

Hub Hubbell was a cowboy's cowboy.

A rodeo star, exhibition shooter and trick roper, Hubbell was the consummate entertainer, who worked with the likes of Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Gene Autry, Montie Montana and dozens more from the golden age of Hollywood Westerns.

Clayton Moore -- the Lone Ranger himself -- once helped Hubbell install kitchen cabinets.

These Western genre elite were more than just Hubbell's co- stars. They were his friends, said Hubbell's biographer, Judith Leipold.

"He is a legend," Leipold said. "His passing will be mourned by people throughout the nation.

Harold Joseph "Hub" Hubbell, 94, died Saturday on the back porch of his ranch -- the property on University Parkway with the roadside rodeo props.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice, who died of cancer in 2009.

Ellian Rosaire knew Hubbell for more than 25 years. She owns one of his favorite hangouts, a stable and riding academy in Sarasota.

"He was world famous, the shining star of Sarasota's cowboy scene," Rosaire said. "He was a cowboy gentleman through and through."

"He was devastated by his wife's death," Rosaire said. "They were really in love. They had a wonderful relationship. It has been difficult for him, but he's had plenty of good company."

Hubbell was born in Connecticut and enlisted in the U.S. Army Cavalry Corps in 1942, during World War II.

He was stationed in Georgia, and ended up tending government- owned cattle. He even managed to talk an Army colonel into granting him permission to wear a cowboy hat and western boots.

Hubbell met his wife at a rodeo. The couple were married on horseback in 1952, and moved to Sarasota in 1963.

Known as "The Shooting Hubbells," they toured the country for more than 40 years with an exhibition shooting act.

"He would shoot articles that his wife was holding, and shoot over his shoulder using a mirror," Rosaire said. …

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