Tom Ferguson

All-Around • Inducted 1999

Tom Ferguson’s record and accomplishments set high standards for the ProRodeo cowboys who have followed in his footsteps. The Oklahoma native was the first cowboy to win more than $100,000 in a single season, to earn $1 million in career earnings and to capture six consecutive all-around world titles. He also finished in the Top 15 in the world in two events for eight years. Ferguson, who competed in all of the timed events, is best known as a tie-down roper and steer wrestler. Called rodeo’s best two-event man, Ferguson believed the keys to being the world’s number-one cowboy were constant practice and good horses. For two decades, he showed the rodeo world what was possible with that belief. Born Dec. 20, 1950, in Tahlequah, Okla., Ferguson’s road to rodeo’s elite began when he earned California’s tie-down roping championship in 1969.  He competed in collegiate rodeo for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He won the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association tie-down roping title in 1970 and the all-around title in 1971-72, while fulfilling his PRCA permit requirements to enter the professional ranks.



World Championships: 9

All-Around: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979

Tie-Down Roping: 1974

Steer Wrestling: 1977, 1978

National Finals Rodeo Average Champion

All-Around: 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979

Steer Wrestling: 1977, 1978, 1981

RAM Circuit Finals Rodeo Champion

Oil Circuit: 

All-Around: 1975

Prairie Circuit: 

All-Around: 1976
Steer Wrestling: 1976
Tie-Down Roping: 1978

Southern Circuit:

All-Around: 1986, 1987

Texas Circuit:

All-Around: 1984

Born: December 20, 1950 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Rodeo Championships

Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cheyenne, Wyoming

All-Around: 1976

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo
Denver, Colorado

All-Around: 1974, 1976
Tie-Down Roping: 1974

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Fort Worth, Texas

All-Around: 1976, 1978
Steer Wrestling: 1978
Tie-Down Roping: 1977 (tie), 1981

Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton, Oregon

All-Around: 1987
Steer Wrestling: 1982

Grand National Stock Show & Rodeo
San Francisco, California

Steer Wrestling: 1978
Tie-Down Roping: 1985


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