Barry Burk

Tie-Down Roping • Inducted 1994

Barry Burk, a 17-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, has been described as the greatest tie-down roper who never won a world championship. He was reserve champion from 1967-73 and 1975, as well as finishing in third place three times. Born into a rodeo family, Burk traveled the circuit as a youngster with his father. He competed in junior and collegiate rodeo in bareback riding and tie-down roping. Burk was the American Junior Rodeo Association all-around champion from 1957-61 and won titles in tie-down roping five times and steer wrestling three times. Burk, born Jan. 11, 1942, in Duncan, Okla., said, “I enjoyed rodeoing, always have and always will. If I should die tomorrow, people can come to my funeral and say, ‘Well, old Barry enjoyed it while he was here.’”



National Finals Rodeo Average Champion

Tie-Down Roping: 1973

RAM Circuit Year-End Champion

Oil Circuit:

Tie-Down Roping: 1975

Prairie Circuit:

All-Around: 1977
Tie-Down Roping: 1977

Born January 11, 1942 in Duncan, Oklahoma
Died December 16, 2021 in Durant, Oklahoma

NFR Qualifications: 17

ProRodeo Hall of Famer Barry Burk Passes Away

Rodeo Championships

Cheyenne Frontier Days / Cheyenne, WY
Tie-Down Roping: 1967 (tie)

Dodge City Roundup / Dodge City, KS
Steer Wrestling: 1982

Grand National Stock Show & Rodeo / San Francisco, CA
All-Around: 1968

Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo / Guymon, OK
Tie-Down Roping: 1969, 1984

Iowa’s Championship Rodeo / Sidney, IA
Tie-Down Roping: 1973

National Western Stock Show &  Rodeo / Denver, CO
All-Around: 1966
Tie-Down Roping: 1964, 1966

Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo / Ogden, UT
Tie-Down Roping: 1972

Snake River Stampede / Nampa, ID
All-Around: 1965, 1968
Tie-Down Roping: 1971

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