Tuff Hedeman


Bull Riding

Personal Info:

Birthday - 03/02/1963

Height - 5' 8"

Weight - 160 lbs.


Tuff Hedeman is an American former professional bull rider. He won the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) bull riding world championship three times (1986, 1989 and 1991) as well as the 1995 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) world championship. He also won the 1993 world championship for the now-defunct Bull Riders Only (BRO) organization. Hedeman is a ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Bull Riding Hall of Fame inductee. He is also one of the co-founders of the PBR. In 1999, the PBR honored him with the PBR Legends and Heroes Celebration: Ring of Honor. He is known for having been one of rodeo icon Lane Frost's closest friends. Hedeman and the infamous bucking bull Bodacious had a few historic clashes. He later served as the President of the PBR and then the President and Ambassador of Championship Bull Riding (CBR). In 2018, he formed his own bull riding organization: the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour.

Professional Accomplishments & Highlights:

- 3-Time PRCA World Champion Bull Rider (1986, 1989, 1991)

- National Finals Rodeo Average Bull Riding Champion (1987, 1989)

- PBR World Champion (1995)

- PBR Founder and President (1992-2004)

- Life portrayed by Stephen Baldwin in the movie 8 Seconds (1992)

- CBR President and Ambassador and Chute Boss (President 2005-2011- Amb. & Chute Boss 2011-2017)

- Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductee (1997)

- PBR Ring of Honor (1999)

- Founder/Owner Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour (2018- present)

- Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee (2002)

- Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee (2010)

- Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame (2003)

- Bull Riding Hall of Fame (2016)

- Cowboy Capital Walk of Fame (1988)

- El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame (1997)