Harry Tompkins

Bull Riding • Inducted 1979

In the span of 12 years, Harry Tompkins won five bull riding world titles, as well as one in bareback riding and two in the all around. According to various accounts, Tompkins needed the 12-year span because he hit a dry spell from 1952-60 where world championships were concerned, although he made a good living from rodeo during that time. Tompkins was born Oct. 5, 1927, in Furnace Woods, N.Y., as well as raised in the up-state New York town.  He got his start in professional rodeo at Madison Square Garden. One of the original hard-chargers in professional rodeo, he flew his own plane and made 75 or more rodeos on an average per year, which was a grueling schedule at that time. He won his first championship at 21 years of age.



World Championships: 8

All-Around: 1952, 1960

Bull Riding: 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1960

Bareback Riding: 1952

Born: October 5, 1927 in Furnace Woods, New York
Died: June 29, 2018 in Stephenville, Texas

Rodeo Championships

Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Bull Riding: 1949

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo
Denver, Colorado

Bull Riding: 1948, 1954, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1967

West of the Pecos Rodeo
Pecos, Texas

Bareback Riding: 1963

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Fort Worth, Texas

All-Around: 1954, 1957, 1960, 1962
Bareback Riding: 1952, 1954, 1957, 1965
Bull Riding: 1951, 1960

Reno Rodeo
Reno, Nevada

All-Around: 1958
Bareback Riding: 1958
Bull Riding: 1952, 1958

Grand National Stock Show & Rodeo
San Francisco, California

All-Around: 1961
Bareback Riding: 1957

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
San Antonio, Texas

Bareback Riding: 1951


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