Saddle Bronc Riding • Inducted 2005
Joe Marvel was born into ranching, horses and riding. His family has been ranching near Battle Mountain, Nev., since 1867. While working on the 530,000-arce family ranch, the Marvel boys – Joe, Mike and Pete – managed to develop a style for sticking to their horses that later served them well in the rodeo arena. Marvel looked up to, learned from, and respected his brother, Mike, who was the first of the three Marvel brothers to become a Rodeo Cowboys Association bronc rider.
Marvel had an illustrious high school rodeo career, which included the 1973 National High School Rodeo Association Saddle bronc riding title. He followed that up in 1974 by qualifying for his first National Finals Rodeo at the age of 19, and earning the NFR average saddle bronc riding championship the same year. Marvel was considered a highly stylistic bronc rider who distinguished himself from other contestants by his consistent and classic spurring style.
Marvel qualified for the NFR five times in his career, and won the 1978 World Saddle Bronc Riding Title. As of 2005, Marvel remains the first and only Nevada cowboy to win a gold buckle in bronc riding. A family man at heart, Marvel never liked the travel involved in rodeo, but he did enjoy winning and the friends he made. After his rodeo career, Marvel turned back to ranching in Nevada with his wife, Patrice, and their children, Sam, and Mary Alice.
World Championships: 1
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1978
National Finals Rodeo Average Champion
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1974, 1978
RAM Circuit Year-End Champion
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1977, 1981
Born: June 26, 1955 Battle Mountain, Nevada
NFR Qualifications: 5