Best Bull Riders of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Lane Frost

He was amazing I loved the movie they made about him its truly amazing ( 8 seconds) will always be my #1

Lane Frost was and still is the best ever even though he died he still holds the record of being the best

I watched 8 secands and I cried when lane died that was the best movie that I ever watched in my life

I have decided to do my senior project on Lane frost and Tuff Hedeman

2 J.B. Mauney

The best and toughest ever, Chris Shivers is only 1 point behind J.B. to be the best!

J.B. is one of the best I have ever seen. He will take that tittle every chance he gets!

J.B is one of the greatest I definitately enjoy watching all his rides

He is one of the strongest, tough hardheaded bull riders I have ever seen. And I love to watch him ride! He is a great role model!

3 Tuff Hedeman

Not as famous as Lane Frost, but a much better cowboy by far in my opinion.

One of Lanes bestfriends I appreciate that after Lane died Tuff Rode 8 seconds for him than he rode for Lane Tuff is one of the greatest even though Lane showed him up a lot

In the comment below calling Tuff a puss is not fair. Bo was killing everybody off and a promise is a promise. Wise move to turn him out.

Outstanding to ride for 1st enemy lane frost. Deserves more respect.

4 Chris Shivers

More 90+ Point bull rides then any other man that tells the story there. Flawless and really new how to make Bulls look good

I think he's first he has the most 90+ point rides he rode the rankest bull of all time Dillinger he is the baddest man of all time to me

I think he is the most rank bull rider there has ever been I think he is first in my opinion then lane but lane is a rank bull rider to.

Certainly a top 10... Not sure about best of all time.

5 Ty Murray

Best rough stock rider ever. Had he only ridden Bulls he could have been the best ever. Bareback horses an Broncs took a toll Ty.

Doubt the top ten!

Who ever said doubt the top ten is an autistic jew who knows nothing about bull riding

Who ever said doubt the top ten knows nothing about bull riding He was probably one of the best of all time

6 Don Gay

Donnie has the the mind and heart of a champion. He has always been kind to the men working the chutes as well as the riders. He is still a sweet guy who cheers on the sport and helps whenever he can. He worked his butt off to get to where he is.

PRCA was full of politics when Donnie Gay was winning. Judges always loaded his scores. I saw it many times and so did plenty others.

Denny Flynn was better but his dad was not a PRCA stock contractor

Yeah if you consider catching knots "winning"

7 Adriano Moraes

Best Bull Rider of All Time by Far. He set the mark for all riders in the sport. He was 3 time world champion that helped mold Alves, Marchi and all other Brazilian Riders, to be as good or better than most riders in the world.

Way over rated, his titles were giving to him he sure didn't win them!

A 1 rider and the reason I got so interested in bull riding. Miss seeing him and glad he got out before he got permanently injured. A good Christian family man and ambassador for Bull Riding

He should have been second on this list under Lane...best bull rider and a fine man.

8 Jess Lockwood

He is a racist pig

Great bull rider! And whoever called him a racist pig is a cowardly jealous nobody.

Number 3 after tuff and lane

A good rider. Love to watch him.

9 Terry Don West

Best bullrider of all time! TDW rode more rank bulls than anyone. His time in BRO/PRCA were incredible. He had to qualify for the PBR in 1998 through 4 touring pro events and rode his 15/15 when he hit the PBR. He was already 33 years old then and won his 2nd PRCA title at 38 years old. TDW rode eliminators like no one before or since.

When Terry Don was at his best, no body else could touch him. I guess you could say that about a lot of the cowboys listed here, but comparing him to all others in their prime... I would vote for Terry Don as number one.

Think 5 world chap buckles an holds lots of records. Like riding Bodacious for the first time for 8 Seconds. He also wrote most of the top name bulls and then get thrown off he also Road 55 Bulls before he was thrown off the world record Terry Don West is one of the best bull riders ever give Tuff Hedeman and Lane Frost a run for their money or beat them

Terry Don West spent his best years in the IPRA but he was every bit as good as Don Gay

10 Justin McBride

Your kidding right?! Form, Most Agro Bulls, Great Attitude, Wins, Score, Syle. Had it ALL!

Best form, best attitude, best results on most difficult bulls, quiet precision, modest, not a camera hog, overall most admirable.

NO! Good but not good enough for the top ten!

He should be in the top 5

The Contenders

11 Guilherme Marchi

He is wonderful he has been an inspiration to many! He is awesome person! He has been a family friend for a long time!

Guillaume finished on the top 10 for eight years straight including a 2008 championship. Has the most qualified rides ever and way ahead of 2nd place (JB). He should rank much higher, maybe even #1

How can you be in the top 2 for 4 years running and retire with the most qualified rides and not be in the top 5

Should be in the top ten as no one will ever beat 634 qualified rides at the PBR level.

12 Silvano Alves

I don't like the fact that he rarely take a re-ride. He rarely cowboys up, Just seems like he skates through.

Absolutely the best!
I wonder why they don’t put him on top of the list. Jealous that someone can be that good.

Silvano Alves is the youngest bull rider to win 3 world titles and is the only bull rider to win back to back titles.

Are you kidding me Silvano should be in the top 5 easy.

13 Troy Dunn

Troy was too ten consistent rider plagued with injury, even though the Aussies seem to be naturally tougher than the yanks

Great rider.regardless of where he comes from. Pacific bell, ugly,trick or treat, strawberry wine,red wolf, rampage to name a few

Best ever from the land down under

Best aussie cowboy

14 Larry Mahan

God wanted to make a bull rider
Balance hands of steel
Tough as leather
No fear
Heart as bg as Texas

The best ever was and a great person has keep his nose clean...the legend!

15 Jim Sharp

The greatest rookie year ever

When your peers call you the best ever, you should listen.

My favorite rider ever

He will always be #1

16 Dale Brisby

Rodeo time o'l son he is one of the funniest bull riders ever I love watching his youtube video

He is amazing! And is probably the most hilarious bull rider out there. He also just has talent

He doesn't suck.

Dale Brisby the bull rider

17 Mike Lee

Mike is as tuff as rawhide but still gets the money at his advanced age. If not in the top ten in talent anymore he's surely the best in the world for his age.

Mike has always been a fan favorite for what he does in and outside of rodeo. He's a great guy all around

NO--wouldn't have never made the prca in its' glory!

At one time he was the best he rode better as a teenager then he does now

18 Jim Shoulders

Hard to compare eras of competitors, but shoulders was right up there with the best for more than a decade.

The best!

Sure enuff cowboy but bulls wasnt near as rank when he rode

I competed against Jim in 1957 and bulls were every bit as rank :back then: He was the very best of his time

19 Denny Flynn

The man, the myth, the legend! Hailing from Arkansas, he could ride anything, no what the bull threw at him. He rode a perfect score of 50 points, and the bull he was riding scored a 48, for a combined score of 98! I know that it's not a technically impossible score to beat, but good luck beating a score of 98! Hats off to you brother, one the best ever. You completely deserve the hall of fame, along with a few others as well. I will say that there are a couple that don't deserve that honor, but everyone knows who is truly great, versus who doesn't belong in the ranks of these great men.

Denny could ride the eliminators, the spinners, I didn't matter. He was a great athlete who happened to choose bull riding. Top 5 for sure.

The best ever

Best BULLRIDER we have ever got to watch. AWESOME man

20 Chase Outlaw

Mr Outlaw I pray for your safety and that you will win the world title and championship love to watch you ride and look forward to see more be safe god bless.

Best all around especially when you consider his inspiring comments after each ride. The most fun to watch

Guess you could say the true Outlaw of Professional Bull Riding

Most fun to watch for sure

21 J W Hart

J w Hart, is one of the toughest and one of the best bull riders, by far, to never win the world, but to many of us, he was a world champion.

Anybody that learned how to ride under lanes ring gotta b top 5 remember when he kicked erkel in the neck from the time he nodded his head awesome

Best. And best attitude.

Tuffest bull rider to date. He didn't miss a ride that's why he got the name a Ironman

22 Cody Lambert

97 champ

23 Freckles Brown

He was an amazing athlete, rode a bull, then just step off!

He was a great one from when I was young. Saw him in NM. He and Lane Frost were tight.

He was the best

For years the best

24 Kaique Pacheco

Kaique Pacheco was fun to watch him win in 2018 and come in second in 2015 and 2016. he is my favorite!
He makes it look so easy!

Great bull rider. Fun to watch. Calm, poised. Hope he has a long successful career.

Rides like he knows what the bull will do before the bull knows!

He knows how to handle the bull and is fun to watch.

25 George Paul

When you ask the great bull riders, who is the greatest there ever was, they all say George Paul.
He was Gary Leffews' (Guru Leffews') role model and when I Ask Gary he said George Paul was the greatest there ever was.

George was the world champion in 1968. He set this accomplishment as a goal to achieve as a young man. After he achieved this goal he cut back his travel schedule a considerable amount.

Those who knew George will tell you he was the best ever. No one has ever come close to riding 79 PRCA bulls as George did.

R.I.P.

It's a long way to the top

The best to ever ride!

26 Chris Ledoux

"One of the greatest Country singers and horse riders of all time."

He is hooked on an 8 second ride r.i.p Chris r.i.p

27 Sage Kimzey

The best technical bull rider, Sage makes really rank bulls look like a day off. His body position and free arm allow him to make huge moves look easy.

If sage keeps doing his thing he will be better than lane frost

He keeps moving on up

Hands down

28 Mason Lowe

So sorry this young man was taken so soon. He was one of the best. May he Rest In Peace.

Skilled Bull rider, kind heart, well loved person

He inspired so many!

So many mourn his loss! He was so young!

29 J.W. Harris

J.W. Harris, lots of heart, lots of try, rode lots of great bulls. A great person to top it off. Yea, he is top 10 in any arena!

4Titles easy top 5

Yes he is the "Best"!

He is the best and great guy too! Love him

30 Clint Branger

This man was the uncrowned world champion in my opinion he also rode bodacious

I just thought someone should recognize Clint as definitely one of the all time best. He should d be way closer to the top of this list in my opinion.

Not only an awesome bull rider but an amazing person.

31 Cooper Davis

As a rugby playing, relatively new British (Welsh) fan of PBR, Cooper Davis' toughness and bravery are so impressive. What a great sport.

"Never underestimate the heart of a champion." -Rudy T.

32 Jerome Davis

First cowboy to win a PRCA Bullriding Champion from east of the Mississippi River. It's a shame his career was cut short from an injury.

One of the greatest bull riders and overall an awesome man

Best

33 Ricky Lindsey

Totally agree with that Ricci Lindsey was a force to be reckoned with he was just a wild child

Could ride anything you run under him! Most unrated bull rider of his era!

Best to never win the world in my opinion. He did win the NFR in 83 though.

34 Trey Holston
35 Charlie Sampson

Charlie was one tough cowboy he didn't wear all the safety stuff that they have nowadays

That hardly makes Charley special since nobody from his generation did. If he was competing today he would at the very least be using a vest. That's a no brainier.

Awesome Bull rider

36 Derek Kolbaba

Best bull rider in 2018 so far.

37 David Dixon

I went to college at Sul Ross in Alpine with David Dixon. Hell of a bullrider and an even better cowboy!

Texas bull rider relocated to New Mexico, rode all the rank ones consistantly. just didn't hit the big scene that often but definitely rode with the best of them

38 Kasey Hayes
39 Brian Herman

Brian is still alive

Brian didn't get to stay around long enough to show what he really had. God rest his soul.

40 Harry Tompkins

Harry Thompkins, not on this list "Beam me up Scotty"

41 Joao Ricardo Vieira

! There's no words to describe the way Joao rides.

A family friend and is so kind at putts in his all

42 Trevor Brazile

Not sure how old this is, but this guy has to be number one surely?

He's not a bull rider.

I believe he is a roper

43 Cody Jesus

Young man will go far if he continues riding as well as he is now

True inspiration to the whole Navajo Nation.

Bullriding Sensation of the Navajo Nation

44 Cody Teel

One of the best. Tough competitor. Makes bull riding look easy. And a great young man also.

One of the best

45 David Fournier

Sweetest Man Ever! Gos Bless You Sir, great to watch and one of the Real Cowboys that hung with Tuff, Ty and Cody

46 Myrtis Dightman

Hometown hero. Who knows how far he could have gone if the racism didn't get in the way of his true talent.
Thank you Mr. Dightman. You are a real cowboy.

Known as the Jackie Robinson of Rodeo.

47 Owen Washburn
48 Luke Snyder

A good rider that now how to do it.

Luke is a super bull rangler. Deserves so much credit.

He is a good rider for bass pro shops and he can easily make it to #1

49 Mertus Diekman

Myrtis Dightman is an unsung hero. He broke the color barrier I professional rodeo. He was an outstanding bull rider.

50 Tom Mix

January 6, 1880 �" October 12, 1940) was an American film actor and the star of many early Western movies between 1909 and 1935. Mix appeared in 291 films, all but nine of which were silent movies. He was Hollywood's first Western megastar and helped define the genre as it emerged in the early days of the cinema

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