Thornton bull rider to be inducted into hall of fame

Staff report
Posted 2/5/19

Charlie Sampson, of Thorton, will be inducted into the Bull Riding Hall of Fame in May. The Bull Riding Hall of Fame recognizes and commemorates the legends of the sport. The fifth annual induction …

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Thornton bull rider to be inducted into hall of fame

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Charlie Sampson, of Thorton, will be inducted into the Bull Riding Hall of Fame in May.

The Bull Riding Hall of Fame recognizes and commemorates the legends of the sport. The fifth annual induction ceremony and reunion is May 18 at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Pam Minick and Donnie Gay return as co-hosts and masters of ceremonies.

“We always look forward to this day,” Bill Putnam, Bull Riding Hall of Fame founder and president, said in a news release. “We are proud and excited to introduce and celebrate this year’s phenomenal class of inductees in each of the four categories — the bull riders, the bullfighters, the legends and the bulls.”

Sampson won the Bull Riding World Championship in 1982 and was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1996. He was featured in a 1993 Timex watch advertising campaign featured as an example of someone who “takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” His career included bull riding wins at the Turquoise Circuit Finals in 1985, 1986 and again in 1993 and the Sierra Circuit in 1984.

He retired after the 1994 Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, after a 16-year-long career.

In addition to Sampson, the bull riders category will include Butch Kirby, Stephenville, Texas; Bobby Steiner, Austin, Texas; Jerome Robinson, Fort Collins; Ken Roberts, Strong City, Kansas; Bobby Berger, Pearsall, Texas (Norman, Oklahoma, originally); and Cody Custer, Elk City, Oklahoma (Wickenburg, Arizona, originally).

This year’s bullfighters category inductee is Leon Coffee from Blanco, Texas.

In the legends category, Beutler Rodeo Company from Elk City, Oklahoma, and Jerry Gustafson, rodeo photographer from Byers, Oklahoma, are this year’s inductees.

The famous bucker 161 Speck, which was owned by Beutler Rodeo Company, is the inductee in the bulls category.

For information about the induction, including schedule, tickets, host hotel and more, go to BullRidingHOF.com.

The Bull Riding Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization is located in the legendary Cowtown Coliseum in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas.

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