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National Rodeo Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1955
Burel Mulkey

Burel Mulkey



All Around Champion: 1938

All-Around Champion Cowboy, 1938
Saddle Bronc Rider, Champion, 1937-1938

Born on a ranch near Clyde, Idaho, in 1904, Burel Mulkey developed a natural affinity for horsemanship and competition during his early years. In 1929 he entered the Ogden, Utah, rodeo, coming in third in the saddle-bronc event.

Known as “that mighty little man from Idaho,” short and stocky Burel Mulkey was an active competitor during the 1930s. After winning at all of the major venues in the United States and Canada, he captured the saddle-bronc championship in 1937 and 1938 and the coveted all-around title in 1938. During his career he won top honors at Ogden, Utah, five years in a row.

Burel Mulkey left the sport of rodeo in the 1940s. A rancher near Lake Isabella, California, he worked as a California state brand inspector before his retirement in the 1960s. Burel Mulkey died in the 1982.

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