Jim Shoulders

All-Around • Inducted 1979

LegendBronze2Born on May 13, 1928, in Tulsa, Okla., Jim Shoulders was a city boy with no livestock background. Shoulders was 14 years old when he saw and promptly entered his first rodeo. His astonishing natural talent was apparent even then – he won $18 in the bareback riding. Shoulders developed his skills by paying his entry fees and getting on bareback horses and bulls and occasionally on saddle broncs, too. Before he graduated from high school he had joined the Cowboys’ Turtle Association. He won $7,000 his first full year as a pro. In 1949, at age 21, he won the first of his 16 world titles, and was almost unbeatable for the next 10 years. A major factor in amassing such a record of championships was his exceptional ability to withstand pain and compete when injured. Following retirement from competition, Shoulders became a ProRodeo stock contractor.


Accolades

Biography

World Championships: 16

All-Around: 1949, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959

Bull Riding: 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959

Bareback Riding: 1950, 1956, 1957, 1958

National Finals Rodeo Average Champion

All-Around: 1959

Bull Riding: 1959

Legend of ProRodeo

2007

Born: May 13, 1928 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Died: June 20, 2007 in Henryetta, Oklahoma


Rodeo Championships

Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cheyenne, Wyoming

All-Around: 1955, 1956, 1963, 1964
Bareback Riding: 1956, 1963, 1964
Bull Riding: 1955, 1958

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo
Denver, Colorado

Bull Riding: 1949, 1950, 1951, 1955

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
San Antonio, Texas

Bull Riding: 1953, 1956, 1957

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Fort Worth, Texas

Bareback Riding: 1958
Bull Riding: 1950

Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton, Oregon

All-Around: 1958
Bareback Riding: 1958, 1959
Bull Riding: 1958

West of the Pecos Rodeo
Pecos, Texas

Bareback Riding: 1959

Grand National Stock Show & Rodeo
San Francisco, California

All-Around: 1952, 1954
Bareback Riding: 1950, 1958
Bull Riding: 1952, 1955, 1956, 1960

Reno Rodeo
Reno, Nevada

Bareback Riding: 1950
Bull Riding: 1954


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