Larry Mahan

All-Around • Inducted 1979

LegendBronze2His records might not stand anymore, but Larry Mahan, born Nov. 21, 1943, in Salem, Ore., definitely will go into rodeo’s history books as one of the greatest cowboys of all time. Only 14 years old when he broke into professional rodeo, Mahan developed an individual talent for all three riding events – each requiring entirely different styles and skills – that has been matched by just a few in rodeo history. He used those skills to capture five consecutive world all-around titles from 1966-70, a record that was matched nearly a decade later by Tom Ferguson but not surpassed until 1994 by Ty Murray. Mahan, who claimed world bull riding titles in the 1960s, came back to take a then-record sixth world all-around title in 1973, another mark broken by Murray in 1998. Maturity, both as a contestant and as an individual, saw Mahan overcome his natural shyness to become the best living advertisement in the history of professional rodeo: personable and articulate, with a recognizable, respected and identifiable name.



World Championships: 8

All-Around: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973

Bull Riding: 1965, 1967

National Finals Rodeo Average Champion

All-Around: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1967

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Born: November 21, 1943 in Salem, Oregon

Rodeo Championships

Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1968
Bull Riding: 1970

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo
Denver, Colorado

All-Around: 1967
Bareback Riding: 1975
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1967

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
San Antonio, Texas

All-Around: 1967
Bareback Riding: 1967

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Fort Worth, Texas

All-Around: 1969
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1969
Bull Riding: 1967

Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton, Oregon

All-Around: 1967
Bareback Riding: 1966, 1969
Bull Riding: 1967, 1969
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1968

World’s Oldest Rodeo Prescott Frontier Days
Prescott, Arizona

All-Around: 1973
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1979
Bull Riding: 1977 (tie)

Grand National Stock Show & Rodeo
San Francisco, California

All-Around: 1966
Bareback Riding: 1972
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1969, 1970 (tie)

Reno Rodeo
Reno, Nevada

All-Around: 1971
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1973
Bull Riding: 1965 (tie)


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