Glen O’Neill

Saddle Bronc Riding • Inducted 2014

The first contestant from outside North America to be inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, Glen O’Neill was the saddle bronc riding champion of his native Australia before moving to Canada as a teenager and establishing himself as an elite competitor for more than a decade, capped by winning the world championship in 2002.

O’Neill was the 1994 PRCA Resistol Saddle Bronc Riding Rookie of the Year and then qualified for the first of his 11 National Finals Rodeos a year later. Eight times he finished among the top five in the world standings, going head-to-head with fellow Hall of Famers Billy Etbauer and Dan Mortensen all through his career, and earned $1,614,860.

O’Neill captured the NFR average title on his way to the 2002 gold buckle and was reserve world champion in both 2001 and 2003, finishing less than $5,000 behind Mortensen in his title-defense year.

“One of the things that gives me the greatest joy is to think about where I started and how far I have come, as far as rodeo and in life, moving halfway across the world and making this life for myself,” O’Neill said.


Accolades

Biography

World Championships: 1

Saddle Bronc Riding: 2002

National Finals Rodeo Average Champion

Saddle Bronc Riding: 2002

Rookie of the Year

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1994

Born: January 9, 1973 in Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia

Joined PRCA: 1994

NFR Qualifications: 11


Rodeo Championships

Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Saddle Bronc Riding: 2003

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo
Denver, Colorado

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1996

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Fort Worth, Texas

Saddle Bronc Riding: 2002 (tie), 2003 (tie)

Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton, Oregon

Saddle Bronc Riding: 2001, 2002, 2004 (tie)

Grand National Stock Show & Rodeo
San Francisco, California

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1994


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