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Bull Riding Hall of Fame
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Established 2012
Location Cowtown Coliseum
Fort Worth Stockyards
Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Type Hall of Fame

The Bull Riding Hall of Fame, located at Cowtown Coliseum in the Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas, United States, is a hall of fame for the sport of bull riding. It is incorporated as a non-profit organization in the State of Texas, and created to "recognize, memorialize, and applaud the bull riders, bullfighters, bulls, stock contractors, events, and individuals who have made a historic contribution and attained stellar performance in the sport." Membership is open to fans worldwide.

The Bull Riding Hall of Fame intends to honor all of the bull riding champions. But the hall also has other goals to preserve the history of bull riding, housing "inductee exhibits, accomplishments, photos, videos, personal effects and much more". The Bull Riding Hall of Fame has four categories of induction: Bull Riders, Bull Fighters, Bulls, and Legends.

The inaugural class of inductions was in 2015. The hall opened its doors to the public in 2016.


The founders created the Bull Riding Hall of Fame, Inc., "to recognize bull riders, bull fighters, bulls, organizations, competitive events, and stock contractors that have achieved the ultimate level of performance in the sport of bull riding." The organization's activities include historical presentation, visitor education, event hosting, and managing via multiple committees.

The founders were involved in overseeing the building of the foundation hall, and also maintaining the Bull Riding Hall of Fame museum at Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth. Husband and wife team, Bill and Tammi Putnam, were co-founders and respectively served as president and treasurer, as well as the board of directors. Bill Putnam's daughter, Amy Ellinger, served as secretary.


The Bull Riding Hall of Fame Museum is located at Cowtown Coliseum, Fort Worth Stockyards, Fort Worth, Texas.

One class of nominees is inducted into the hall each year. Inductees are selected by the nominations and votes of Members, which includes Inductees. Annual and Lifetime memberships along with Gold Rowel Partnerships are available for individuals, couples, companies and organizations. Sponsors can be an individual, couple, organization, or corporation.

From 2015 through 2019, the annual induction ceremony was held at Cowtown Coliseum. Since 2020, it has been held at Billy Bob's Texas.

List of Inductees

The Bull Riding Hall of Fame has inducted individuals from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA), and Professional Bull Riders (PBR).

The inductees, human and animal, are among the most notable individuals and organizations in the sport.

More than half of them are also inductees of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, including bullfighter Wick Peth. Others include PRCA bull rider Lane Frost, famous for his duel with Red Rock in the Challenge of the Champions.

From the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) there are several Ring of Honor holders from the Heroes and Legends Celebration which is the PBR equivalent of a Hall of Fame. Chris Shivers, a holder of several records in the PBR and a 2013 Ring of Honor holder. Another Ring of Honor holder is bull rider Tuff Hedeman, one of the riders who conquered Bodacious. Hedeman competed in the PRCA and the PBR. He is also in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

Out of the three bulls that have been inducted as of 2017, two of them are also in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Tornado was inducted in 1979. Bodacious was inducted in 1999. Bodacious was the only bull to win the PRCA Bucking Bull of the Year and the PBR World Champion Bull titles in 1995, until Bruiser did it in 2017.

2015 Inaugural Inductees

Inductee Birthdate Deathdate Induction Category
Don Gay September 8, 1953 Living Bull Rider
Jim Shoulders May 13, 1928 June 20, 2007 Bull Rider
Warren G. Brown January 18, 1921 March 20, 1987 Bull Rider
Harry Tompkins October 5, 1927 June 29, 2018 Bull Rider
George Paul March 3, 1947 July 30, 1970 Bull Rider
Larry Mahan November 21, 1943 May 7, 2023 Bull Rider
Skipper Voss March 15, 1944 Living Bull Fighter
Wick Peth April 15, 1930 December 27, 2019 Bull Fighter
George Paul Memorial Bull Riding N/A N/A Legend
Mesquite Rodeo - Neal Gay June 25, 1926 August 11, 2022 Legend
V-61 Circa 1962 1974 Bull


2016 Inductees

Inductee Birthdate Deathdate Induction Category
Myrtis Dightman May 7, 1935 Living Bull Rider
John Quintana December 3, 1947 March 25, 2013 Bull Rider
Gary Leffew September 23, 1944 Living Bull Rider
Jim "Razor" Sharp October 6, 1965 Living Bull Rider
Terry Don West October 7, 1965 Living Bull Rider
Jack Wiseman November 5, 1943 December 1, 2015 Bull Rider
Tuff Hedeman March 2, 1963 Living Bull Rider
Kajun Kidd (D. J. Gaudin) October 28, 1929 June 11, 2015 Bull Fighter
Harry Vold January 29, 1924 March 13, 2017 Legend
Steiner Rodeo Co. N/A N/A Legend
Tornado 1957 1972 Bull


2017 Inductees

Inductee Birthdate Deathdate Induction Category
Denny Flynn April 21, 1951 Living Bull Rider
Bill Kornell March 13, 1944 Living Bull Rider
Dick Griffith September 13, 1913 August 10, 1984 Bull Rider
Chris Shivers December 30, 1978 Living Bull Rider
Randy Magers May 5, 1945 Living Bull Rider
Lane Frost October 12, 1963 July 30, 1989 Bull Rider
Rob Smets September 11, 1959 Living Bull Fighter
Clem McSpadden November 9, 1925 July 7, 2008 Legend
Bob Tallman October 25, 1947 Living Legend
Bodacious 1988 May 16, 2000 Bull


2018 Inductees

Inductee Birthdate Deathdate Induction Category
Ronnie Rossen July 7, 1937 August 16, 1991 Bull Rider
Ty Murray October 11, 1969 Living Bull Rider
Glen Bird November 10, 1945 Living Bull Rider
Wacey Cathey June 29, 1953 Living Bull Rider
Jerome Davis August 10, 1972 Living Bull Rider
Ted Nuce January 19, 1961 Living Bull Rider
Bob Wegner March 10, 1934 March 30, 2014 Bull Rider
Miles Hare August 17, 1955 Living Bull Fighter
Ferrell Butler October 16, 1936 Living Legend
Cotton Rosser - Flying U Rodeo August 5, 1928 June 22, 2022 Legend
Oscar 1983 Bull


2019 Inductees

Inductee Birthdate Deathdate Induction Category
Butch Kirby April 24, 1955 Living Bull Rider
Charlie Sampson July 2, 1957 Living Bull Rider
Bobby Steiner November 27, 1951 Living Bull Rider
Jerome Robinson October 16, 1947 January 9, 2022 Bull Rider
Ken Roberts January 22, 1918 September 13, 1975 Bull Rider
Bobby Berger June 22, 1945 Living Bull Rider
Cody Custer August 30, 1965 Living Bull Rider
Leon Coffee October 11, 1954 Living Bull Fighter
Beutler Rodeo Company N/A N/A Legend
Jerry Gustafson Living Legend
Old Spec 1953 Bull


2020 Inductees

Inductee Birthdate Deathdate Induction Category Refs
Bobby DelVecchio March 20, 1957 Living Bull Rider
Justin McBride August 7, 1979 Living Bull Rider
Marvin Paul Shoulders February 27, 1951 Living Bull Rider
Doug Brown March 8, 1946 Living Bull Rider
Sandy Kirby April 8, 1949 Living Bull Rider
Smokey Snyder June 1, 1908 October 24, 1965 Bull Rider
Adriano Morães April 20, 1970 Living Bull Rider
Joe Baumgartner September 9, 1966 Living Bull Fighter
Lecile Harris November 6, 1936 February 12, 2020 Legend
Hadley Barrett September 18, 1929 March 2, 2017 Legend
Bushwacker June 1, 2006 Living Bull


2021 Inductees

Inductee Birthdate Deathdate Induction Category Refs
Michael Gaffney July 4, 1969 Living Bull Rider
Ben Jordan November 30, 1931 March 19, 2022 Bull Rider
Mike White September 26, 1976 Living Bull Rider
John Clark June 18, 1936 Living Bull Rider
Duane Howard August 2, 1933 October 1, 2015 Bull Rider
Phil Lyne January 18, 1947 Living Bull Rider
Willie Thomas January 30, 1930 April 24, 2020 Bull Rider
Clint Branger April 7, 1964 Living Bull Rider
Quail Dobbs August 27, 1941 January 15, 2014 Bull Fighter
Bad Company Rodeo Legend
Red Rock 1976 June 8, 1994 Bull


2022 Inductees

Inductee Birthdate Deathdate Induction Category
J.W. Harris July 14, 1986 Living Bull Rider
Guilherme Marchi July 22, 1982 Living Bull Rider
Cody Hart April 20, 1978 Living Bull Rider
Ed LeTourneau September 18, 1935 Living Bull Rider
Scott Mendes July 4, 1969 Living Bull Rider
Troy Dunn May 8, 1967 Living Bull Rider
Matt Austin September 3, 1982 Living Bull Rider
Billy Minick January 10, 1939 Living Bull Rider
Rex Dunn December 31, 1955 October 8, 2012 Bull Fighter
Bryan McDonald October 10 Living Legend
Little Yellow Jacket August 20, 1996 September 19, 2011 Bull


2023 Inductees

Inductee Birthdate Deathdate Induction Category
Cody Snyder March 28, 1963 Living Bull Rider
Rickey Lindsey September 16, 1960 Living Bull Rider
Dickey Cox July 12, 1939 March 20, 2015 Bull Rider
Kenny Wilcox 1954 Living Bull Rider
John "Stormy" Gloor July 16, 1952 November 16, 2019 Bull Rider
Ronnie Bowman 1941 Living Bull Rider
R.C. Bales 1930 Living Bull Rider
Rick Chatman May 1, 1956 March 25, 2014 Bull Fighter
Cody Lambert December 2, 1961 Living Legend
Bernis Johnson September 19, 1932 October 27, 2022 Legend
018 Cowtown 1978 1993 Bull


See also

  • Lists of rodeo performers
  • List of ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductees
  • Professional Bull Riders
  • Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
  • ProRodeo Hall of Fame
  • Rodeo Hall of Fame
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