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National Rodeo Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2007
Clyde Vamvoras

Clyde Vamvoras



Bareback Rider

Clyde Vamvoras (1948-1985) began riding broncs at the age of 13, in Lake Charles Louisiana, paying a local farmer to let him ride. He went on to win the Louisiana High School Rodeo All-Around Championship at age 18. In 1963 his name began appearing regularly in the RCA top 15 and he won back-to-back World Champion bareback titles in 1967 and 1968. He qualified for the NFR 11 straight years from 1963 through 1973, a streak that would have been longer, but injuries kept him out of the top 15 in 1962 and 1974. Vamvoras was known as a free spirit and stories about him have become legendary. He was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2002.

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