Champion Bull Rider 5th Go Round Belt Buckle
Awarded to Tuff Hedeman at the 1990 National Finals Rodeo
This belt buckle was awarded to Tuff Hedeman as the winner of the 5th round at the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in 1990.
Three-time world champion bull rider Richard “Tuff” Hedeman (b. 1963) rode his first calf at age 4. He roped calves, winning the first roping he entered, rode saddle broncs, and at 13, started riding bulls. He won the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association bull riding and all-around titles in 1980 and the team roping and all-around titles in 1981. Hedeman joined the professional circuit in 1983 where he became known for riding bulls few other riders could handle. He qualified for the NFR 11 times, winning the bull riding world championship in 1986, 1989, and 1991. Hedeman co-founded the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) circuit in 1992, winning the PBR world championship in 1995. More recently he founded a new circuit for bull riders, Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding.
Courtesy Tuff Hedeman, Stephenville, TX
Time Period: 1971 - Present
Exhibit: Rodeo! The Exhibition
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