John Hawkins

Bareback Riding • Inducted 1979

The single world championship won by John Hawkins is one of the most deserved in rodeo history. In steady pursuit of the title, he was runner-up for three consecutive seasons, once missing the crown by only $18. A broken thigh, later mended with a steel rod, kept Hawkins out of rodeo for 18 months. He returned to competition only to bend the rod and re-break the thigh. He left the rod bent and won his only bareback title the following season. Born May 22, 1930, in Elk City, Okla., Hawkins was a Quarter Horse jockey and physical fitness buff long before fitness became fashionable.  Hawkins had one of the strongest riding arms in rodeo. Few rodeo fans remember Hawkins was also a bull rider and tie-down roper during his early years as a RCA competitor.


Accolades

Biography

World Championships: 1

Bareback Riding: 1963

National Finals Rodeo Average Champion

Bareback Riding: 1962, 1963

Born: May 22, 1930 in Elk City, Oklahoma
Died: March 17, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon


Rodeo Championships

Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Bareback Riding: 1960

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo
Denver, Colorado

Bareback Riding: 1955, 1956

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Fort Worth, Texas

Bareback Riding: 1959

Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton, Oregon

Bareback Riding: 1956

Grand National Stock Show & Rodeo
San Francisco, California

Bareback Riding: 1959

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