Best Bull Riders of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Lane Frost

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

Lane Frost was and still is the best bull rider to ever sit on a bull no one comes close to Lane

Easily the greatest rider of all time given the time WE had with him!

He the best ever

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!

There has never been a better bull rider

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

He was by far the best in my mind

You know a guy name Joe Patnode? By chance?

Best in my book by far

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.

4 Chris Shivers

Dressed up every bull he got on

Best ever bar none!

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

5 Ty Murray

He rode Jewell. Enough said.

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

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.

A truly great rider and commentator.


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.

7 Adriano Moraes

One of the best bull rider ever!

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.

The beast

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

8 Jess Lockwood

He is a racist pig

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

Two time world champion at the age of 22...

A good rider. Love to watch him.

9 Terry Don West

So amazing

Enjoyed watching him in the IPRA, NFR & PBR

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

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.

10 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!

The Contenders

11 Justin McBride

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

He should be in the top 5

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!

12 Troy Dunn

My favorite of all time..

Best rider in that period

Probably best rider from 95 to 99

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

13 Silvano Alves

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

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

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

14 Guilherme Marchi

Best of all 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.

15 Jim Sharp

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

The greatest rookie year ever

Jim is definitely the best in the world 🌎

My favorite rider ever

16 Dale Brisby

The best there is ol'son and it is always rodeo time

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.

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

The best!

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

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

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

Denny was the best ever. He wasn’t able to make as many events as some because he lacked $$ to fly. Look him up! When he was gored so badly, he got up out of the dirt holding his guts inside with his hands! I thank God that there was a doctor very close. The horn missed his heart, liver, &spine each by a fraction of an inch! He was back on a bull 3-4 weeks after the accident. He was my husband’s roommate at Uof A. He is good as gold. He’d do all he could to help anyone. He gets my vote. He meets all of the criteria X 10. God bless him always.

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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.

21 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.

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

22 Freckles Brown

For years the best

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!

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23 Kaique Pacheco

This young man can ride a Bull. My favorite

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.

best ever

24 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

Hands down

He keeps moving on up

25 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

26 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.

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

27 Cody Lambert

97 champ

28 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"!

29 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.

30 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.

31 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.

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

33 Trey Holston
34 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

35 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.

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 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.

39 Harry Tompkins

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

40 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?

41 Kasey Hayes
42 Cody Jesus

True inspiration to the whole Navajo Nation.

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

Bullriding Sensation of the Navajo Nation

43 Cody Teel

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

One of the best

44 Joao Ricardo Vieira

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

45 David Fournier
46 Owen Washburn
47 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

48 Mertus Diekman

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

49 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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