Best Bull Riders of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Lane Frost

I think he was the best bull rider its sad that he died ): I hate the bull that killed him

Lane was the greatest bull rider I have ever seen also a great inspiration for up coming rider's.

Lane Frost had more than his own weight to ride it was the weight that has Daddy put on his shoulders and the respect that he had for his dad and for him to overcome it in to be the greatest bull rider of all times

Best all time, life cut way to short. Imagine the rides he could have had.

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2 Don Gay

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.

Yeah if you consider catching knots "winning"

Yes Donnie was very good but we all knew he got treated special. That's why he had so few friends.

I was blessed to have ridden in Donny’s era and knew him, Lane, Denny and all of the NFR qualifiers. Put simply, Donny Gay is the greatest there ever was or that will ever will be and was absolutely revered by the other riders. In his day the PRCA was the only show in town and Donny rode against and won against all the top hands. Now the very top bull riders are in the PBR. Despite what some are saying on this post; Donny was a not only a great rider who hade supreme belief in himself but more that that, he was absolutely determined to win. I have seen him ride bulls when a normal human could hardly walk. He also went to every single rodeo he could ride in where as some of the guys who could really ride such as Denny went to half the rodeos Donny did. In other words, Donny did whatever was necessary to win and that’s why he has 8 gold buckles. When it come to winning bullriding championships no one else comes close.

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3 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 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.

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

Chris is my favorite. Lane being the best. Then my uncle Ronnie Roach rode circles around Don Gay back in the day. Just didn’t have the money or political backing that Don had.

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4 Jim Shoulders

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

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

Jim. Sholders. Was great but I wonder what the greats thought of gean lyda never saw a bull rider spur a bull like he did

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

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5 J.B. Mauney

Really in the race for number 1. He rode Bushwacker, Asteroid, Long John World Champion Bulls) etc.. 2 world titles, 2 world finals event titles, 2 touring pro division titles, Rookie of the year...

J.B definitely deserves to be higher on this list. There are few people who can do what he did. I can't put him above Lane, but he for sure has my #2 spot. His composure while riding is unbelievable.

Over all best cowboy of this decade

The bulls jb has ridden are ranker than anything some other of the top five on this list had to ride! Not taking anything away from the four but the bulls are bred to buck and buck hard!

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6 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

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

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

7 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

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8 Jim Sharp

The greatest rookie year ever

My favorite rider ever

He will always be #1

We followed Jim Sharp since his High School days. Jim was the reason we started going to rodeos.
When Jim Sharp was the first cowboy to ride all ten bulls at the NFR in Las Vegas we were the only
ones who got on the arena floor with Jim Sharp to take pictures. I wore the same colors as Jim and
everyone who looks at the pictures ask if he is our son. That day we were as proud as any "parents"
could be. To us he will always be number one!

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9 Tuff Hedeman

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.

My mom used to ride bulls and I know him personally from then and the best in my book

Who ever called tuff a puss is an idiot and a moron his face was smashed and he still got up and walked away tuff is the best ever don’t ever try to take that away from him you coward

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10 Terry Don West

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

Terry Don West is a great bull rider I go to his school

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The Newcomers

? Larry Mahan
? Dale Brisby

He’s got style

The Contenders

11 Adriano Moraes

On the dirt and off. The BEST. Such an ambassador for the sport too. Miss him!

Adriano was a legend that opened a path for brazilian riders

The best ever!

Adriano made tough bulls look easy and he is by far a better bull rider than most of the riders on the top 10 list! I noticed there are no Brazilian riders on the list...but there have only been 2 ruders who have won 3 World titles and they are both Brazillian!

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12 J.W. Harris

Yes he is the "Best"!

4Titles easy top 5

He is the best and great guy too! Love him


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13 Justin McBride

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

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

He should be in the top 5

Made it look easy!

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14 Guilherme Marchi

I like his style he is always looking forward

He is one fun to watch riding that bull.

Covered 600 pbr bulls, no one ever close. Most consistent and strength.

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

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15 Silvano Alves

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

He's awesome

Silvano alves by riding percentages and titles at still young age. Producers say toughest bulls on earth then complain silvano don't take rerides. he rode what they gave him, that is their job to have tougher bulls. Just don't think they like the brazilians kicking our butts

Silvano rides mostly easier bulls. Whoopi!
Put him on a hard one...oops

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16 Jess Lockwood

Number 3 after tuff and lane

He is a model

Really good bull rider and won PBR


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17 Troy Dunn

Best ever from the land down under

Best aussie cowboy

Easily the best ever from the land down under

his deadly

18 George Paul

It's a long way to the top

The best to ever ride!

The greatest ever in my opinion, combination of the strength of a Brazilian, and the finesse of Denny Flynn, or Clint Bronger!

79 bulls in a row, come on best ever been best there will ever be, no comparison from anyone.

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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

The best! hands down

20 Freckles Brown

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

He was the best

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

I hate u

21 J W Hart

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

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 Trey Holston
24 Cooper Davis

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

25 Sage Kimzey

He keeps moving on up

So awesome

Really great in the Cpra and Cbr but not Pbr

26 Charlie Sampson

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.

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

Awesome Bull rider

27 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.

28 David Dixon

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

29 Brian Herman

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

Brian is still alive

30 Trevor Brazile

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

He's not a bull rider.

31 Harry Tompkins

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

32 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.

33 Kaique Pacheco

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.

34 Joao Ricardo Vieira

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

35 Derek Kolbaba

Best bull rider in 2018 so far.

36 David Elms
37 Mertus Diekman
38 Kasey Hayes
39 Luke Snyder

A good rider that now how to do it.

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

40 Jerome Davis

One of the greatest bull riders and overall an awesome man

41 Myrtis Dightman

Known as the Jackie Robinson of Rodeo.

42 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

43 David Fournier
44 Cody Jesus

Bullriding Sensation of the Navajo Nation

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