Ken Roberts

Bull Riding • Inducted 1979

Ken Roberts, born Jan. 22, 1918, won three consecutive bull riding championships after beginning his rodeo career with the Clyde Miller Wild West Show as a three-event contestant in 1933. His first ProRodeo bull riding victory in Chicago in 1936 encouraged him to enter the professional circuit full-time. The following year he won all three riding events in Chicago, which included making a qualified ride on Yellowstone, a bull never before ridden. Growing up in a rodeo family, Roberts got his start bucking animals out of a shotgun (front-opening) chute on Sunday afternoons. With his father, Roberts went into the rodeo stock contracting business in the mid-1940s, but he continued competing and won day money in the bull riding in Denver’s National Western at age 50. He died Sept. 13, 1975.



World Championships: 3

Bull Riding: 1943, 1944, 1945

Born: January 22, 1918 in Council Grove, Kansas
Died: September 13, 1975 in Strong City, Kansas

Rodeo Championships

Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cheyenne, Wyoming

All-Around: 1946
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1946

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Fort Worth, Texas

Bull Riding: 1945, 1956

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