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Tom R. Ferguson

Tom R. Ferguson (born December 20, 1950) is a world champion rodeo cowboy and inductee into the Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1974. He was the World All-Around Champion for six consecutive years from 1974 to 1979 breaking the previous mark of five consecutive titles held by Larry Mahan. He was also the 1974 World Calf Roping Champion and the World Steer Wrestling Champion in 1977 and 1978.

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Early life

Born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Tom Ferguson moved to California at the age of 3 and was selected for the California Polytechnic State University rodeo team at age 11.[1] The team took home multiple National Intercollegiate Rodeo championships, before Ferguson turned professional and returned to Miami, Oklahoma in 1973.[1]

Rodeo career

Though Larry Mahan was the first to have six world all-around titles, Ferguson earned the distrinction of winning six consecutively.[2] The 5-foot-11 Native American rodeo cowboy excelled in timed events; his speciality was calf roping and steer wrestling.[2]

In his first year as a professional rodeo cowboy, Ferguson came in second in the All-Around World Cowboy title.[1] He accumulated more than $1 million in his rodeo career and among the first rodeo cowboys to hire a manager.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Everett, Dianna. "Ferguson, Tom (1950- )," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (accessed February 17, 2010).
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Tom Ferguson" Indian Rodeo News (accessed February 17, 2010).

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