From 1939-50, Texas roper Toots Mansfield won seven tie-down roping world championships, a record that lasted for 19 years. Riding Juan Salina’s black gelding Honey Boy, Mansfield was recognized as the man to beat whenever he competed. A master at handling calves on the ground, his skills led him to establish the first successful rodeo school for aspiring ropers in the mid-1950s. From 1945-51, Mansfield served as president of the Rodeo Cowboys Association. He was born May 15, 1914, in Bandera, Texas, and died Dec. 6, 1998.
World championships: 7 (1939-1941, 1943, 1945, 1948, 1950)
PRCA President: 1945-51
Born May 15, 1914 in Bandera, Texas
Died December 6, 1998 in Big Spring, Texas