Eddy Akridge

Bareback Riding • Inducted 1979

Courage and determination helped earn Eddy Akridge his fourth world bareback riding championship. The cowboy, born Jan. 8, 1929, in Pampa, Texas, had rolled to three consecutive world titles in the early 1950s before suffering a potentially career-ending knee injury. Ignoring his doctors’ advice to quit rodeo, he went on to have his best season ever. Akridge later reinjured his knee and was forced to retire. At the same time, he gave up his seat as bareback riding director on the PRCA Board of Directors. He wore a heavy brace for two years. But in 1959, Akridge decided to pursue a fourth world title. He retired the brace, endured the pain, and in 1961 captured his fourth world title.


Accolades

Biography

World Championships: 4

Bareback Riding: 1953, 1954, 1955, 1961

Born: January 8, 1929 in Pampa, Texas
Died: July 25, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada


Rodeo Championships

Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Bareback Riding: 1955, 1957 (tie)

Reno Rodeo
Reno, Nevada

Bareback Riding: 1960 (tie), 1962

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Fort Worth, Texas

Bareback Riding: 1950, 1961

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
San Antonio, Texas

Bareback Riding: 1952

Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton, Oregon

All-Around: 1953
Bareback Riding: 1953

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