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Quail Dobbs

Quail Dobbs (born 27 August 1941 in Albany, Texas) is a famous rodeo clown and performer, inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2002.[1] He was also inducted in the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2002,[2] the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2003,[3] and the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2004.[4]

His parents were Acie and Avis Dobbs, and his childhood was marked by many moves. In the late 1950s, the family moved to Colorado City. In 1964, Dobbs married a high school classmate named Judy, and the couple had two children, Stephanie and Coley.[4] In 1972, he made his acting debut as a rodeo clown in the movie J. W. Coop.[5]

Dobbs began his career in rodeo by riding bulls and bareback horses, and in 1962 began work as a barrelman. During his career he was named PRCA Clown of the Year twice in 1978 and 1988 and the Coors Man in the Can four times in 1985, 1986, 1990 and 1993. He is one of only three men to work as both a bullfighter and barrelman at the National Finals Rodeo, and has also worked seven times as a barrelman for the Wrangler Bullfight Tours Final. He has also worked 28 times at the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming, and the 1998 Frontier Days marked Dobbs' last appearance in professional rodeo. After his retirement, he became justice of the peace in Coahoma, Texas.[1] As of 2010, he still holds that position.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Quail Dobbs, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, retrieved January 27, 2010.
  2. Inductees, Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame, retrieved January 27, 2010.
  3. Inductees in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, retrieved January 27, 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Quail Dobbs, Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame, retrieved January 27, 2010.
  5. Quail Dobbs, IMDB, retrieved January 27, 2010.
  6. Howard County - Justice of the Peace, Howard County, Texas, retrieved January 27, 2010.

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