Tuff Hedeman

Rodeo Star
Born Mar 2, 1963

Richard Neale "Tuff" Hedeman is a retired 3 time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) World Champion bull rider, as well as the 1995 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Champion, and is the current president of Championship Bull Riding (CBR). He was also the president of the PBR until leaving to go to the CBR, and is also known for having been one of Lane Frost's closest friends.… Read More

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    Bull Riding: Former El Pasoan Tuff Hedeman Built Life On Passion For Bull Riding
    El Paso Times - Feb 11, 2012
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    Google News - Sep 08, 2011
  • Bull Rider Corrals Big Time Dollars Calgary Herald
    Google News - Aug 17, 2011
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Tuff Hedeman.


1963 Birth Born in 1963.


1980 17 Years Old Hedeman won many junior rodeos in his youth. In 1980 he won the New Mexico High School rodeo bull riding and All Around titles.
1981 18 Years Old He won the Team roping title and All Around again in 1981. … Read More


1983 20 Years Old Hedeman filled his PRCA permit at one rodeo in 1983 as a bronc rider. … Read More
1986 23 Years Old He married Tracy Stepp in May 1986. … Read More


1993 30 Years Old By 1993 he had surpassed $1,000,000 in career earnings, and won the 1986, 1989, and 1991 world titles in the PRCA. … Read More
1994 31 Years Old In 1994 he was portrayed by Stephen Baldwin in the film 8 Seconds about the life of his friend Lane Frost. … Read More
1995 32 Years Old Hedeman was instrumental in starting the Professional Bull Riders, or PBR. In 1995, he won the PBR world Championship despite his horrific encounter with Bodacious the bull (see paragraph below).
1996 33 Years Old He just missed winning the PBR World Title in 1996, coming in 2nd place that year.
1997 34 Years Old He finished 3rd in the world during the 1997 PBR season.
1998 35 Years Old 1 More Event
His last ride was at the PBR event in Odessa, Texas in 1998, when he landed on his head after getting thrown off and herniated a disc in his previously injured neck. … Read More


2004 41 Years Old He is now the current president of the CBR after abruptly leaving the PBR in 2004 for undisclosed reasons (Ty Murray has since replaced him as the PBR's president under much controversy ending their longtime friendship). … Read More
2010 47 Years Old It was announced that in April 2010 he will be inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.
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