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PRCA For The Record: San Francisco

by Matt Naber | Oct 11, 2019

PRCA Media Coordinator

The only way bull rider Don Gay’s 1977 record will be broken at the 2019 Grand National Stock Show & Rodeo in San Francisco is if one of this year’s bull riders nails a ride that’s 3.5 points higher than any scored ride made at any of the 700-plus rodeos held during the 2019 regular season that ended Sept. 30. 

Since 1941, the Grand National Stock Show & Rodeo has hosted some of ProRodeo’s biggest names and most talented cowboys – but only the best made the rodeo’s record book. 

Gay set the rodeo’s bull riding record with a 97-point ride on RSC’s Oscar in 1977. That score remains the third-highest scored ride in ProRodeo history. The top scored PRCA ride was 100 points – a perfect score – made by Wade Leslie on Growney’s Wolfman in Central Point, Ore., in 1991. The second-highest score is Denny Flynn's 98-point ride on Steiner’s Red Lightning in Palestine, Ill., in 1979.

Gay went on to be among the inaugural class of inductees to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979. The Texas cowboy won a ProRodeo-record eight bull riding world championships (1974-77, 1979-81 and 1984). He was declared a Legend of ProRodeo in 2013. 

Cowboys have from Oct. 11-19 to top Gay’s record, and others, while winning their share of the San Francisco prize money, which counts for the 2020 season and is a qualifier for The American Semifinals in Arlington, Texas.

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