Speed Williams

Team Roping • Inducted 2018

Ken “Speed” Williams was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla. He started roping before he could walk, and by the time he was 14 he had a bank account full of winnings. Williams bought his PRCA card in 1988 and competed in the Southeastern Circuit calf roping and team roping, as a heeler. He won the 1995 Dodge National Circuit Finals All-Around title.

Williams made his first trip to the National Finals Rodeo in 1988 heeling for Casey Cox. After that experience, Williams went home and switched to heading. He believed there were more improvements to make to that side of the event. Williams credits hard work, lots of practice and discipline with his success. He is credited with starting a new style of swinging the rope in the box, and his style of catching lowered times and won money.

Williams partnered with Rich Skelton in 1997, and the rest is history. The pair won eight consecutive Team Roping World Titles. “I don’t think there was any secret to our success,” Williams said. “We came together at the same time and we had the same desires and we wanted to rodeo and that’s what we did every day, but I never even dreamed that we would win eight gold buckles in a row.”

Williams, who qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 15 times (1988, 1994, 1996-2008), is one of only seven team ropers to make it to the NFR as both a header and a heeler. Williams has spent his time off the circuit helping other ropers with schools and online educational videos that number in the thousands.

“I remember going to the high school finals and stopping in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and I was blown away with the history of ProRodeo,” Williams said. “It’s a great honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Rich and I had a fairytale career, and words don’t really describe how I’m feeling.”



World Championships: 8

Team Roping: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

National Finals Rodeo Average Champion

Team Roping: 2001

RAM Circuit Finals Rodeo Champion

All-Around: 1995

Team Roping: 2001, 2003

RAM Circuit Year-End Champion

Southern Circuit:

Team Roping: 1987, 1989, 1994, 1995

Texas Circuit:

Team Roping: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002

Born: December 14, 1967 in Jacksonville, Florida

Joined the PRCA: 1988

NFR Qualifications: 15

Rodeo Championships

California Rodeo Salinas / Salinas, CA
Team Roping: 1998

Cheyenne Frontier Days / Cheyenne, WY
Team Roping: 2003

Clovis Rodeo / Clovis, CA
Team Roping: 1997

Cody Stampede / Cody, WY
Team Roping: 2006

Ellensburg Rodeo / Ellensburg, WA
Team Roping: 2003, 2007

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo / Fort Worth, TX
Team Roping: 2007 (tie)

Greeley Stampede / Greeley, CO
Team Roping: 2003

Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo / Guymon, OK
Team Roping: 1996

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Rodeo / Tucson, AZ
Team Roping: 2008

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo / Denver, CO
Team Roping: 2003

Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo / Ogden, UT
Team Roping: 2002 (tie)

Pendleton Round-Up / Pendleton, OR
Team Roping: 1997

Redding Rodeo / Redding, CA
Team Roping: 1996

Reno Rodeo / Reno, NV
Team Roping: 2000

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo / San Antonio, TX
Team Roping: 2007

Snake River Stampede / Nampa, ID
Team Roping: 2000 (tie), 2008

Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo / Spanish Fork, UT
Team Roping: 1994

West of the Pecos Rodeo / Pecos, TX
Team Roping: 1999

World’s Oldest Rodeo Prescott Frontier Days / Prescott, AZ
Team Roping: 2000, 2004