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 at Pecos as a member of the American Junior Rodeo Association [AJRA]. From there he graduated to high school rodeos [NHSRA] and later attended Odessa College and successfully competed on that school’s winning rodeo team.
The college years were also the beginning of Jim’s professional bull riding career. He was the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s [PRCA] Rookie of the Year in 1986 and qualified for his first National Finals Rodeo that year.
Sharp won his first PRCA Championship in 1988. Also, in ’88, Jim was the first contestant to ride 10 consecutive bulls at the National Finals Rodeo… an unbelievable feat.
Jim was a founding member of the Professional Bull Riders [PBR] association and now competes at their rodeos across the United States: And he’s still winning.