Sonny Davis

Steer Roping • Inducted 1979

With his unconventional technique, Sonny Davis was credited with putting some “zip” into the single steer roping, which until that time was something of a perfectionist event. Davis, born Jan. 2, 1935, in Kenna, N.M., handled himself with catlike quickness and superb coordination, despite his 6-foot-3 inch, 220-pound frame. He won three world championships in five years. His 1968 championship might have been his toughest. He had to battle back from a 10-month layoff after suffering severe knee and ankle injuries when his horse fell with him. Davis passed away April 4, 1991.



World Championships: 3

Steer Roping: 1964, 1966, 1968

National Finals Rodeo Average Champion

Steer Roping: 1968

Born: January 2, 1935 in Kenna, New Mexico
Died: April 4, 1991 in Kenna, New Mexico

Rodeo Championships

Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cheyenne, Wyoming

All-Around: 1974
Steer Roping: 1968, 1977

Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton, Oregon

All-Around: 1964
Tie-Down Roping: 1962, 1964

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Fort Worth, Texas

Tie-Down Roping: 1959

Reno Rodeo
Reno, Nevada

Tie-Down Roping: 1956

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo
Denver, Colorado

Tie-Down Roping: 1961, 1963

West of the Pecos Rodeo
Pecos, Texas

Steer Roping: 1966, 1978

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