Tuff Hedeman
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Tuff Hedeman
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.
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Bull riding: Former El Pasoan Tuff Hedeman built life on passion for bull riding
El Paso Times - about 5 years
Sure, there are so many aspects of getting on the back of a bull that <a class="fplink fp-727209" href="/tuff+hedeman+1">Tuff Hedeman</a> misses. The 1981 Coronado High School graduate and legend of the sport gave up the riding end of the business for the business end of the business in 1998, but like every retired athlete, the current president of Championship Bull Riding wouldn't mind a time machine.
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Bull riding event set for Waterloo - STLtoday.com
Google News - over 5 years
Tuff Hedeman&#39;s Championship Bull Riding Horizon Series Tour will come to the Monroe County Fairgrounds in Waterloo on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7 pm The event is sponsored by the Waterloo Optimist Club. The Avery Hill Band will perform after the bull
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Bull rider corrals big-time dollars - Calgary Herald
Google News - over 5 years
And, he&#39;s ranked just outside the top 60 in Tuff Hedeman&#39;s Championship Bull Riding outfit. In other words, the Black Diamond product is all over the place and he has accepted an invitation from Hedeman to compete at a $100000 event in Brazil during
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Bull Rider “Tuff” Hedeman soars above 2011 Cheyenne Frontier Days - Fence Post
Google News - over 5 years
3, goes through the final steps to prepare “Tuff” Hedeman, President of Championship Bull Riding, for his VIP flight with the US Air Force Thunderbirds during the 115th Cheyenne Frontier Days. The Thunderbird flight helmet is the last piece of
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Historical Society helps launch Rodeo Season - Payson Roundup
Google News - over 5 years
All of the Hoosavas&#39; bulls have been buckers and have competed in the Indian National Finals Rodeo, the Tuff Hedeman&#39;s Championship Bull Riding (CBR) and the PBR in California and Nevada. Harry Shill is Payson&#39;s official Town Rodeo Ambassador
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And where are you from? Common question overlooked - Abilene Reporter-News
Google News - over 5 years
Tuff Hedeman, the man who came to face-to-face with the champion bull Bodacious and lost, called his ride with the Air Force Thunderbird Team &quot;the coolest, most amazing thing I&#39;ve ever done&quot;. The three-time world champion bull rider got to ride with
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This is it - TMC Net
Google News - over 5 years
The last person that defended their titles in any of the three roughstock events was bull rider Tuff Hedeman in 1995-96. The last bareback bronc repeat winner was Marvin Garrett in 1994-95, but you have to go back to the 1930s to find one in saddle
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Let's get it started - Wyoming Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Silcox would like to be the first rider to successfully defend his title since Tuff Hedeman in 1995-96. All three were just happy to get out of the first go with something to show for it. &quot;I&#39;m just trying to ride my bulls and let everything else work
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Tuff Hedeman Brings Championship Bull Riding to Cheyenne Frontier Days [AUDIO] - KOWB
Google News - over 5 years
Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Hedeman won the Bull Riding title in 1995 and 1996 at Cheyenne Frontier
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Famous Texas alumni - Beaumont Enterprise
Google News - over 5 years
BE Richard &#39;Tuff&#39; Hedeman: Sul Ross State University. / BE Dan Rather: Sam Houston State University and South Texas College of Law. / BE New York Yankees&#39; Bubba Crosby: Rice University. / BE Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals: Rice University
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Festa do Peão de Barretos anuncia competição inédita entre criadores de cavalos - Porteira Brasil
Google News - over 5 years
Tudo será acompanhado pelo ex-competidor Tuff Hedeman – primeiro campeão do Barretos International Rodeo e que estará presente no evento. Outras presenças ilustres serão das treinadoras de três tambores norte-americanas Latricia Duke e Jolene
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Vickers on rodeo team - Tbo.com
Google News - over 5 years
This year, team members got to work with Jason Smith, right tackle of the St. Louis Rams; Tuff Hedeman, world champion bull rider and president of the Championship Bull Riding; radio announcer BobTallman; and country singer Brandon Rhyder
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PRO FOOTBALL; Parcells Praises Lucas But Expects Much More
NYTimes - about 17 years
This is Bill Parcells's endorsement of Ray Lucas: ''He's not beating us.'' That description today actually had some warmth behind it. Lucas has now been the starting quarterback for consecutive games and the Jets have won both. They are 4-6, with a three-game winning streak. And that brings the Jets to Sunday, at Indianapolis, and the team that
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Ideas &amp; Trends; They're Sort of Like Mike
NYTimes - about 18 years
FOR some people, life without Michael Jordan is unthinkable. But although Jordan retired from the Chicago Bulls and the game of basketball last week, there's still a Michael Jordan of snowboarding. And a Michael Jordan of bull riding. Even a Michael Jordan of real-life bulls. No sport is too obscure to have its legions of coaches, fans, opponents,
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Review/Film; Finally Riding a Rodeo Bull Off Into the Sunset
NYTimes - almost 23 years
John G. Avildsen's film "8 Seconds" could spawn a boom in rodeo bull riding the way the movie "Urban Cowboy" did in mechanical bull riding 14 years ago, except for one crucial fact. The sport it depicts is just too dangerous. As the film makes graphically clear, trying to stay atop a snorting, bucking 2,000-pound bull for eight seconds while
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IN THE CHUTE WITH: Charles Sampson; 8-Second Workweek Has Its Ups and Downs
NYTimes - almost 24 years
CHARLES SAMPSON winced at the lump on his leg. Maybe it was a bruise. Maybe it was scar tissue. Maybe it was one of the screws that, along with 17 pins and two metal plates, keep his left calf wired together. "It's just a little sore," he said. Despite the discomfort, Mr. Sampson hopped off the trainer's table, moseyed out to a makeshift stable,
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 46
    It was announced that in April 2010 he will be inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.
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  • 2004
    Age 40
    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).
    More Details Hide Details He, Tracy, and their two boys, one which he named Lane after Lane Frost, now live on a ranch near Parker, Colorado. He also adds color commentary on TV to many rodeo broadcasts. He spends his free time traveling to bull ridings, and team roping.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 34
    He was leading the PBR World Standings in 1998 at the time of his injury.
    More Details Hide Details Hedeman is one of only seven riders to have ever ridden the great bull, Bodacious, with the stand-out ride being a 95-point ride at a 1993 BRO (Bull Riders Only) event in Long Beach, California. However, his more familiar encounter with him happened in the short-go of the 1995 PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. He was jerked down by him upon exiting the chutes and struck his face on his head, shattering every major bone in his face. To the crowd's astonishment, he managed to walk out of the arena, albeit a bloody mess. He required several hours of reconstructive surgery for his face, and less than two months later, he was riding again. At the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) later that year, Hedeman ended up drawing Bodacious again, this time in round 7 of the NFR. He decided to turn him out – getting off of him when he left the chute. He then tipped his hat to him, and he received a standing ovation for his decision. He did this at the request of his son when Bodacious smashed his face earlier that year.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After some consideration, he retired in 1999.
  • 1997
    Age 33
    He finished 3rd in the world during the 1997 PBR season.
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  • 1996
    Age 32
    He just missed winning the PBR World Title in 1996, coming in 2nd place that year.
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  • 1995
    Age 31
    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).
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  • 1994
    Age 30
    In 1994 he was portrayed by Stephen Baldwin in the film 8 Seconds about the life of his friend Lane Frost.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 29
    By 1993 he had surpassed $1,000,000 in career earnings, and won the 1986, 1989, and 1991 world titles in the PRCA.
    More Details Hide Details A neck injury at the National Finals Rodeo in 1993 kept him out of the arena for the entire year of 1994.
  • 1986
    Age 22
    He married Tracy Stepp in May 1986.
    More Details Hide Details He would go on to qualify for 11 NFRs.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1983
    Age 19
    Hedeman filled his PRCA permit at one rodeo in 1983 as a bronc rider.
    More Details Hide Details He was known for riding bulls that often had not been ridden, with an all or nothing style that amazed rodeo fans. He often traveled with fellow bull riders and close friends Lane Frost, Cody Lambert, Jim Sharp, Clint Branger, and Ty Murray to save travel expenses.
  • 1981
    Age 17
    He won the Team roping title and All Around again in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details After high school he attended Sul Ross State University. At Sul Ross he was a member of the rodeo team, competing in bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, and of course bull riding.
  • 1980
    Age 16
    Hedeman won many junior rodeos in his youth. In 1980 he won the New Mexico High School rodeo bull riding and All Around titles.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Born
    Born in 1963.
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