Dean Oliver

Tie-Down Roping • Inducted 1979

LegendBronze2Between 1956 and 1969, Dean Oliver won eight world tie-down roping championships, dominating professional tie-down roping as no other man before or since. He also won three straight world all-around championships. Oliver, born Nov. 17, 1929, in Dodge City, Kan., was a man before he had any interest in rodeo, stemming from the “incredible sight of a man” winning $300 in a few seconds in tie-down roping at a rodeo in Idaho. Oliver wanted to get in on that kind of easy money. The sacrifices Oliver and his family made for him to become a champion included going hungry to buy a horse and one practice calf and practicing in the dark after a full day’s work. Oliver has served several terms on the association’s Board of Directors. In 1979 he was still roping and winning.



World Championships: 11

All-Around: 1963, 1964, 1965

Tie-Down Roping: 1955, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1969

National Finals Rodeo Average Champion

All-Around: 1966

Tie-Down Roping: 1961

RAM Circuit Year-End Champion

Wilderness Circuit:

Tie-Down Roping: 1975, 1976

Legend of ProRodeo


Born: November 17, 1929 in Dodge City, Kansas

NFR Qualifications: 18

Rodeo Championships

Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Tie-Down Roping: 1969, 1974

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo
Denver, Colorado

All-Around: 1964
Tie-Down Roping: 1962, 1973

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
San Antonio, Texas

Tie-Down Roping: 1972

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Fort Worth, Texas

All-Around: 1966, 1967
Tie-Down Roping: 1967, 1969, 1972

Pendleton Round-Up
Pendleton, Oregon

Tie-Down Roping: 1957, 1971, 1976

Grand National Stock Show & Rodeo
San Francisco, California

Tie-Down Roping: 1954, 1960, 1967

Reno Rodeo
Reno, Nevada

Tie-Down Roping: 1961, 1971, 1974


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