Best Bull Riders of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Lane Frost

So sad that his time here was short. But a true inspiration and great bull rider. Saw him ride and win. Our son is named after him.

He is the best bull rider to get on a bull his death was a tragedy to the whole bull riding community

Lane Frost is the best bill rider he give he's life to bull riding

There was no better.

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2 Don Gay


Lol so many haters.

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

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3 Chris Shivers

Dressed up every bull he got on

Best ever bar none!

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.

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

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4 Jim Shoulders

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

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

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5 J.B. Mauney

He is strong and tuff. Broken bones and all he still rides.

Hands down number 1

Best of the best

One of the best to ever ride! I have always enjoyed watching him. He is definitely in my top three all time! Love watching you ride JB and thank you for always putting on a great ride!

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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

He rode Jewell. Enough said.

Just a thought about the comment of calling someone an “autistic jew” to point out you think that person knows nothing is both insensitive to those with disabilities and anti-Semitic. Autism is growing, and sadly you may soon have a friend or family member impacted by this yourself.
Just as important, even though I am not Jewish, I will bless the Jewish people, especially for giving us the Messiah. I can see you feel strongly about your opinion, but respectfully ask you give your opinion without name calling.

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.

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

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8 Jim Sharp

My favorite rider ever

The greatest rookie year ever

He will always be #1

All any professional bull rider about Jim Sharp... enough said

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9 Tuff Hedeman

He is good

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.

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

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

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10 Terry Don West

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

Best ever in my opinion he would get hurt in the chute and still ride for 90

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

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The Contenders

11 Adriano Moraes

The greatest

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 bull rider and a fine man.

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12 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!


I have watched J.W numerous times and he definitely deserves the top ten. But, everyone has to work to get where they need to be! I am a true and lifelong supporter of J.W. -Sylissa Leeane, Red Elm, SD

My boy J.W.

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13 Justin McBride

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

He should be in the top 5

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.

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14 Guilherme Marchi

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.

I like his style he is always looking forward

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15 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.

Silvano should be top 5

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

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16 Jess Lockwood

Look up to him


Number 3 after tuff and lane

Dirty tough

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17 Troy Dunn

Not given enough credit, great rider

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

Top 5 I think.lane Frost is over rated he wasn’t around long enough for us to know how great. Certainly impressive lovely man

Best ever from the land down under

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18 Larry Mahan
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! hands down

The best ever

20 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.


The best to ever ride!

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

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21 Dale Brisby

Dale Brisby the bull rider

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

He doesn't suck.

The goat

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22 Freckles Brown

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

He was the best

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

I hate u

23 Cody Lambert

97 champ

24 Sage Kimzey

Hands down

He keeps moving on up

So awesome

Really great in the Cpra and Cbr but not Pbr

25 J W Hart

Best. And best attitude.

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

26 Kaique Pacheco

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

best ever

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.

27 Charlie Sampson

Awesome Bull rider

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

28 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.

29 Trey Holston
30 Mason Lowe

He inspired so many!

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

31 Chris Ledoux

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

32 Ricky Lindsey

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

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

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

33 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

34 Clint Branger

Not only an awesome bull rider but an amazing person.

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.

35 Chase Outlaw

Most fun to watch for sure

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

He's an inspiration for people who bull ride

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36 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.

37 Trevor Brazile

I believe he is a roper

He's not a bull rider.

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

38 Derek Kolbaba

Best bull rider in 2018 so far.

39 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

40 Kasey Hayes
41 Cody Teel

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

One of the best

42 Harry Tompkins

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

43 Luke Snyder

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

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

44 Joao Ricardo Vieira

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

45 David Elms
46 Mertus Diekman

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

47 Owen Washburn
48 Tom Mix

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49 Cody Jesus

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

Bullriding Sensation of the Navajo Nation

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