Sonny Tureman

Bareback Riding • Inducted 1979

Sonny Tureman won the world bareback riding championship only once, but three-time world champion Jack Buschbom said, “Take my word for it, he’s (Tureman) the greatest bareback bronc rider in the world, and I know a few.” An Oregon horse breaker, Tureman won the rookie saddle bronc riding at Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days and the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up in 1941. Following World War II in 1946-47, he finished fourth in the world bareback riding standings, finally taking the championship in 1948, edging out Buschbom by $18. Among his contemporaries there was no doubt that had he chosen to rodeo full-time, Tureman could have won the world title almost any year.  A serious injury in an auto accident in 1954 impaired his ability to compete. Tureman was born Nov. 4, 1918, in Prairie City, Ore., and died Oct. 18, 1995.

World Championships: 1 (1948)

Born November 4, 1918 in Prairie City, Oregon
Died October 18, 1995 in Okedale, Oregon

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