Rough Stock Rider and NFR Official
Barrel Racer and Rodeo Secretary
Born in Iowa Park, Texas in 1928, John Farris participated in rodeo as a saddle-bronc, bareback-bronc and bull rider (and sometime calf roper) during the latter 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. From 1967 on, he also worked every National Finals Rodeo as the timed-event chute boss and as staker of the barrel-racing pattern. He was named Texas Circuit Man of the Year in 1997.
Mildred Farris was born in Andrews, Texas in 1933, and began barrel racing in 1955. She won the Texas Barrel Racing Association Championship in 1955, 1956 and 1957, and qualified for the NFR 12 times. After arena competition, Mildred served as a rodeo secretary, winning the PRCA Secretary of the Year title nine times and the WPRA Secretary of the Year twice. She was named WPRA Woman of the Year in 1996, and Texas Circuit Person of the Year in 2001.
John and Mildred married in 1955, and they have been recognized as a prominent rodeo “couple” for decades. They both were inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2004, and they became the first husband-and-wife team inducted in to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2006.