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Rick Young



Year Inducted: 2004

Rick Young

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Rodeo Clown and Bullfighter
Rodeo Barrel Clown

Rick Young was born in 1934 in Houston, Texas. After his family moved to Tickfaw, Louisiana, he graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in animal husbandry, and became involved in rodeo in the mid-1960s. Before long, he took up the role of rodeo clown, specializing as a bullfighter who protected downed riders in the arena.

Known on the circuit as “The Ragin Cajun,” Young pursued his dangerous occupation for more than 30 years, performing his daring athletic feats from Canada to Hawaii. In 1974 he was selected to work the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, and in 1980 was declared PRCA Clown of the Year. Young worked the Wrangler World Bullfighting Championship Series from 1980 through 1983, and in 1981 he competed at the National Finals for the World’s Champion Bullfighter title. In the 1990s, Young switched to performing as an arena barrelman. He was named “Coors Man in the Can” at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1991, 1994, 1996, and 1997.

Young has appeared in several films, including Alvarez Kelly, The Great American Cowboy, and Everybody’s All American. Wherever he has performed in the arena, he also has given freely of his time and energy to support children and charities

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