The Most Famous Rodeo Cowboy: Ranking the Legends of the Rodeo Circuit

Choose the rodeo cowboy you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 08:19
Step right up, folks! It's time to saddle up and join us at StrawPoll as we embark on an exhilarating ride to determine the most famous rodeo cowboy of all time! With thousands of heart-pounding polls and rankings already under our belt buckle, we're now wrangling up the legends of the rodeo world to see who'll emerge as the ultimate rodeo superstar. So, dust off your boots, hold onto your hats, and get ready for a rip-roaring showdown where you can vote for your favorite rodeo hero or even suggest a missing contender. Giddy up and click on through, partner, because this is one wild ride through rodeo history you won't want to miss!

Who Is the Most Famous Rodeo Cowboy?

  1. 1
    Known as the "King of the Cowboys," he won seven all-around rodeo championships and is a ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee.
    Ty Murray in other rankings
  2. 2
    He won six all-around rodeo championships and was the first cowboy to earn more than $1 million in prize money.
    Larry Mahan in other rankings
  3. 3
    He has won 25 world championships in various rodeo events, including all-around titles.
  4. 4
    He won 16 world championships and is considered one of the greatest rodeo cowboys of all time.
    Jim Shoulders in other rankings
  5. 5
    He won nine world championships and is known for his flamboyant style and showmanship.
    Casey Tibbs in other rankings
  6. 6
    He won the 1987 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association bull riding world championship and was the subject of the movie "8 Seconds."
    Lane Frost in other rankings
  7. 7
    He is considered the inventor of bulldogging (steer wrestling) and was a rodeo pioneer in the early 1900s.
    Bill Pickett in other rankings
  8. 8
    He has won eight tie-down roping world championships and is the only African-American cowboy to win the all-around world championship.
  9. 9
    He was the first African-American cowboy to win a Professional Bull Riders world championship and was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.
  10. 10
    He was a champion bareback rider and became a successful country music singer, popularizing rodeo culture with his music.
    Chris LeDoux in other rankings

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Ranking factors for famous rodeo cowboy

  1. Accomplishments
    Consider the cowboy's achievements in rodeo events, such as winning championships, setting records, or consistently performing at a high level.
  2. Popularity
    Look at the cowboy's overall fame and recognition within the rodeo community and beyond. Consider their fan base, media coverage, endorsements, and social media presence.
  3. Longevity
    Take into consideration the cowboy's career span and impact within the rodeo industry. Consider how influential and enduring their legacy has been.
  4. Contribution to the Sport
    Consider whether the cowboy has made significant contributions to the sport of rodeo, such as introducing new techniques, equipment, or events.
  5. Sportsmanship and Character
    Assess the cowboy's reputation for sportsmanship, professionalism, and character both on and off the arena. Consider their positive influence on the sport and their community involvement.
  6. Cultural Impact
    Consider how the cowboy has impacted the culture surrounding rodeo and its representation in mainstream media, including books, movies, and television.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous rodeo cowboy. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or Rodeo cowboy is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


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Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each Rodeo cowboy once every 24 hours. The rank of each Rodeo cowboy is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.


More information on most famous rodeo cowboy

Rodeo cowboys have a long and storied history in the American West. These brave and skilled athletes compete in events such as bull riding, steer wrestling, and barrel racing, showcasing their strength, agility, and bravery in front of cheering crowds. Over the years, many rodeo cowboys have become household names, thanks to their remarkable performances and charismatic personalities. From legends like Lane Frost and Ty Murray to modern stars like Sage Kimzey and Jess Lockwood, there's no shortage of famous rodeo cowboys to choose from. So who is the most famous of them all? That's a question that's up for debate, and one that we'll explore in this article.

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