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Hall Of Fame

Each year the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame committee inducts a select few new members into the Hall of Fame. We began this process in 2004.

Inductees are listed by year of induction.

Below you will find links to short biographies of each inductee&ellipsis; Their personal contribution to the sport of Rodeo and to humanity.

We are also actively seeking additional, verifiable information about current inductees as well as personal photographs and "action" photos of the inductee at the performing level.

Please use the short email form to contact us for submission instructions.

Mary Dale (Sis) Miller

(Barrel Racing & Calf Roping) Sis graduated from Pecos High School in 1959 where she was president of the 4H. She began riding horses as a baby at Rustler Springs and started roping and running barrels at 6 or 7 years old. She was known for her gentle kindness to her family and her community. […]

David Hess

(Calf & Team Roping) David Lynn Hess competed at the West of the Pecos Rodeo from the 1950’s until the 1970’s. Hess attended public schools in California and Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas. He began farming in Reeves County in 1948 and owned Hess Chevrolet from 1976 until 1980. Being civic minded, David served […]

Skipper & Wanda Davis

(Skip – Calf, Steer & Team Roping, Steer Wrestling & Wanda – Barrel Racing) Skipper and Wanda Driver of Big Spring, Texas competed at the West of the Pecos Rodeo for almost 40 years. Skipper in Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Steer Roping and Team Roping and Wanda in the Barrel Racing. Each placed in many […]

Earl Acton

(Team Roping) Earl Acton was born in Alpine, Texas on October 6, 1939, to Ernest and Preble Steadman Acton of Reeves County. He was born into a ranching and rodeo family. Earl’s dad was a member of the Cowboy’s Turtle Association, the forerunner of the RCA. Ernest also traveled some with the 101 Wild West […]

John Rae Powell

John Rae Powell was born on February 10, 1925 in Fort Worth, Texas.  He ran the ranch his grandfather established in 1883 in Eldorado, Texas until his death in 2015.  Ranching was his love and first priority, but roping was his passion.  During the 50’s and 60’s, John Rae entered the West of the Pecos […]

Clark McEntire

Clark McEntire was born in Graham, Oklahoma on November 20, 1927.  Starting with the All-Around Title at the 1947 Pendelton Round-up and including 3 World Championship Steer Roping titles in 1957, 1958 and 1961, Clark competed in the Steer Roping Finals in Pecos every year that it was held in Pecos, Texas.  To learn more […]

Jackie Bob Cox

Jackie Bob Cox from Del Rio, Texas joins several of her close family members in the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame.  Her uncle, Jim Bob Altizer was inducted in 2004, her father, Jack Riggs, in 2010 and her aunt, Blanche Altizer Smith, in 2014.  Jackie Bob competed in Pecos from 1964-2003. Jackie Bob was born […]

Travis (Shot) Branham

Shot Branham, was born and raised on a ranch south of McCamey, Texas on August 4, 1963.  Branham attended his first rodeo when he was 5 years old and from that day forward he worked hard toward a roping future.  Shot won the West of the Pecos Rodeo in 2002 with Breck Bean.  Stop by […]

Guy Allen

Guy Allen (a 2006 Texas Rodeo Hall of Famer) has competed at the West of the Pecos Rodeo in the steer roping event throughout the years. Guy’s name is often listed as a winner in each Go-Round and then is listed again in the average. He is one of the most steady and consistent steer […]

James Allen

James Allen has always had a close connection to the West of the Pecos Rodeo and placed in the team roping and Senior Steer roping.  Pecos first had the PRCA steer roping in 1966 and discontinued it for a while. James assisted in getting it back and was the Steer Roping Director at that time. […]

Jim Bob Altizer

Born May 5, 1932 in Del Rio, Texas, Jim Bob Altizer entered both the steer roping and calf roping many times at the West of the Pecos Rodeo.  Even though Altizer was well known for his skills in steer roping, he won the world calf roping title in 1959 at the first National Finals Rodeo […]

Jiggs Barfield

Competing at the West of the Pecos Rodeo in the team tying, team roping or steer roping from 1953 through 1993 was local contestant, Jiggs Barfield. In 1975, the last team tying contest held in Pecos was won by Jiggs and his son Johnny. Jiggs was always very involved with the Pecos Rodeo, being on […]

Wanda Harper Bush

Competing at the West of the Pecos Rodeo in the barrel racing in 1957, Wanda Harper Bush competed until 1985.  She was the champion in Pecos three times and was proud to win the rodeo on its 50th Anniversary. Pecos, along with Houston was always Wanda’s two favorite professional rodeos. Wanda was born in Mason […]

Dale Cooper

Dale Cooper, “Tuffy” to those who know him, was born on November 11, 1925 in Lea County, New Mexico and his rodeo career began in 1935. Tuffy competed in many rodeo events; excelling in the calf roping, steer roping and team roping events. He placed well at many of the West of the Pecos Rodeos […]

Roy Cooper

Roy (Super Looper) Cooper was born to rope. His dad Tuffy, also a roper, has been his coach, teacher and most loyal fan since Roy was born in Hobbs, New Mexico on November 13, 1955. Roy first competed at the West of the Pecos Rodeo in 1976 and last competed in 1995. Roy along with […]

C.F. ‘Sonny’ Davis

Born on January 2, 1935 (Hobbs, New Mexico), C.F. Sonny Davis attended school at Ft. Sumner, NM. However he preferred to be outside, on a horse, with rope in hand.  Sonny competed in steer roping, both at sanctioned rodeos and at match competitions from 1950 to 1990. He was always known for his “tough cowboy” […]

Jim Davis

Born on June 3, 1956 in Ponca City, Oklahoma, Jim Davis began his “Rodeo Days” in 1977 at the West of the Pecos Rodeo. Over the years becoming the Pecos Rodeo’s Champion steer roper twice and winning in the calf roping, wild cow milking and team roping. Jim was the World Champion Steer Roper in […]

Quail Dobbs

Quail was born in Albany, Texas on August 27, 1941 to Acie and Avis Dobbs. When Quail graduated from high school, the “rodeo bug” had already bitten. Quail tried assorted rodeo jobs including riding bareback horses and bulls, but it was not paying off too well. One time in Buffalo MN, the barrel man didn’t […]

Jewel Duncan

Jewel Duncan was born on May 11, 1902 in Kent County, Texas. While a young lady, she and her family migrated to a ranch outside of Kent, Texas. Jewel learned to rope and ride at an early age and could handle a lariat as well as most men. Jewel entered her first rodeo at eighteen […]

James Pruett Espy, Sr.

James Pruett Espy, Sr., better known as “Big Jim”, was a well-known face at the West of the Pecos Rodeo for many years. Jim first began competing at Pecos in the late 1930’s in both calf roping and team roping. Some of the men he competed against in calf roping were Walton Poage, Lefty Wilkins, […]

Billie Ann Evans

Born on October 12th, 1931, Billie Ann Bunton was the youngest daughter of Eva and W.E. Bunton. The Buntons were long-time ranchers of the Marfa area. She and her sister Beverly were home-schooled for several years, enabling the two to help with the ranching business. She later attended Marfa High School, the University of Texas […]

J.W. ‘Bub’ Evans

Born on July 3, 1929 in Val Verde County, Texas, Bub was the son of John Worth and Kathryn Espy Evans of Jeff Davis County. He attended local schools as well as military schools and finished his education at Sul Ross and New Mexico State. Evans was an active rodeo competitor at an early age, […]

Arnold Felts

Arnold Felts was a consistent winner in calf roping, steer roping and team roping events and an All-Around Champion at many rodeos, including the West of the Pecos Rodeo. A PRCA World Champion steer roper in 1981, Felts won at the Pecos Rodeo and was a back-to-back winner at Cheyenne.  Arnold qualified for 28 NFR […]

Dan Fisher

Dan Fisher was born on June 20, 1951 in San Angelo, Texas. He attended his first West of the Pecos Rodeo in 1951, when he was less than a year old to watch his Dad rope. Dan started competing himself in Pecos in 1980 and has entered every year since then. In 1982, Fisher was […]

Troy Fort

With a rodeo career spanning more than 50 years, Troy Fort competed at the West of the Pecos Rodeo for more than 40 of those years.  Troy’s many achievements include events such as New York’s Madison Square Garden to the Calgary Stampede in Canada and being crowned the World Champion Calf Roper in both 1947 […]

Charles Good

Elida, New Mexico – The West of the Pecos Rodeo will always be special to Charles. Roping steers has always been a passion of Charles Good and competing at the West of The Pecos Rodeo was like icing on the cake for him. Good first competed in 1960 and last threw a loop in Pecos […]

Snooky Griffith

Snooky Griffith was born into a ranching family located out of Rock Springs, Texas. Her dad bought a ranch out of Toyah and Pecos and she moved to the Pecos area with her family. In 1946, Snooky was chosen to compete as the Reeves County Sheriff’s Posse sponsor at the West of the Pecos Rodeo. […]

Eva Mae Wilken Holleyman

In 1948, Eva Mae rode in the First Barrel Race here in the Buck Jackson Arena for the West of the Pecos Rodeo. Her final barrel run was at Eagle Pass, Texas, in the 40-and–over Women’s Barrel Race. She won her last gold buckle in the barrel race at the age of 46. Eva Mae […]

John D Holleyman

John D. Holleyman won his first money at Pecos, Texas in the calf roping in 1940 and he quickly developed into a really fast roper. His speedy roping helped him to place at New York City, Phoenix, Tucson, Denver, Pecos, Las Vegas, Colorado Springs and at many other RCA rodeos. At the West of the […]

Buck Jackson

Buck Jackson announced the West of the Pecos Rodeos with a natural “Gift of Gab” knowing all the cowboys, the events and the rules.  Buck served as a Reeves County Commissioner for two term and Reeves County Sheriff from 1944-1948. In the Old T&P Depot in Pecos, Texas, you will find more information about the […]

Sherry Johnson

Sherry Johnson was born in Duncan, Oklahoma on August 16, 1938. She was raised on the family ranch out of Addington, Oklahoma, and worked as “one of the guys.” Sherry was a five time AJRA Barrel Racing Champion and two times AJRA All-Around Champion. Her record of 12 National Finals Rodeo qualifications is surpassed only […]

Phil Lyne

Phil Lyne, calf roper of Cotulla, Texas was born January 18, 1947 Stories circulating around the rodeo world credit the youthful Phil Lyne with performances that would be dismissed as legendary if living witnesses did not exist by the hundreds. The calf roper is almost entirely dependent on his horse. A well trained horse is […]

Toots Mansfield

Rodeoing out of Big Spring, Texas, roper Toots Mansfield was the RCA’s** World Champion calf roper from 1939 to 1950. At this time, this feat was a record only to be topped 19 years later. Toots Mansfield was born May 15, 1914 in Bandera, Texas and died in 1998. Mansfield was recognized as the “Man […]

Curtis McElroy

Born on October 30, 1897, John Curtis McElroy (Curtis) was destined to be a cowboy. While competing at many local rodeos, including Pecos, he also served as Reeves County Chief of Police, Chief Deputy and was a Game Warden. In the early 1930’s, McElroy would enter the Calf Roping and the Heading and Heeling as […]

Peppy McKinney

Born in El Paso, Texas on November 2, 1929, Peppy McKinney moved to the Pecos with his parents. Before moving, he competed in rodeos at both the high school and college level. He started competing professionally in 1947 in calf roping, steer roping and team tying and continued to compete until 1980. Peppy served on […]

Shawn McMullan

Shawn McMullan attended and graduated from Iraan High School where he amassed many rodeo awards including FFA, and Junior Rodeo as well as athletic awards. Shawn’s specialty was calf roping and he was on the rodeo teams at both Odessa College and Tarleton State University. McMullan first attended the West of the Pecos Rodeo as […]

Margaret Owens Montgomery

Margaret Owens Montgomery competed in the rodeo world for 21 years. Born in San Angelo, Texas on March 25, 1922, Margaret worked alongside her father (Tom Owens) on the NH Ranch, roping, branding and breaking colts. She admired the ladies of her day who exhibited broncs and roped in the rodeos. She longed for a […]

Buddy Neal

Buddy was born on March 8, 1920 in Hill County, Texas. The Neal family soon moved to Garden City, Texas, to ranch and Buddy attended school there. While in school in Garden City, Buddy met his future wife, Mary E. (Beth) McWhorter. Beth moved to New Mexico and Buddy could propose. After they married, Buddy […]

Walton Poage

Walton Poage (Big Walt) was born on a ranch out of Mertzon, Texas on August 8, 1908. He was destined to be a roper from the start and first entered the West of the Pecos Rodeo in 1938. He last attended the rodeo in 1988. Walton was the calf roping champion at the Pecos rodeo […]

Louis Powers

Louis Powers, born June 6, 1913 (Winters, Texas) competed in the calf roping events at rodeos and matched roping events for more than 40 years. Powers considered the West of the Pecos Rodeo as one of his favorite places to compete… winning the calf roping event five times. He was recognized and honored as being […]

Jack Riggs

Jack was born on June 11, 1927 at Batesville, Texas, and attended schools in Del Rio. His parents were the late Mildred Stroman and W.E. Riggs. His Dad was a U.S. Deputy Sheriff and Hall of Fame Texas Ranger. Jack did not start competing in calf roping until 1950 and first competed at the West […]

Dorothy Hyatt Roberson

Born on October 22, 1900 in Oklahoma, Dorothy moved to Reeves County at an early age with her family. She married Louis Roberson on June 1, 1918 and they soon built their home north of Pecos. Dorothy began competing at ridings and roping when she was in her 20’s and continued through the late 30’s. […]

Jim Sharp

We are proud to have as an inductee a bull rider who has strong ties to Pecos: Jim Sharp of Kermit, Texas. Jim was born on October 6, 1965 and spent all of his teen years in Kermit. He got “Rodeo Fever” at an early age and when only 9 years old, rode a steer […]

Henry Slack

Henry Clay Slack was born December 19, 1868 in Cotton Valley, Louisiana. After his father died, the family moved from Louisiana to Goldthwaite; it was from there that Slack left home and headed west to make his own life. Before he came to be known affectionately and respectfully to Reeves County residents as “Uncle Henry”, […]