The Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame has announced their class of 2020, which includes Butch Kirby, the 1978 World Champion Bull Rider and current Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association official Butch Kirby.
Gary William “Butch” Kirby qualified for the National Finals Rodeo eight times (1973-75, 1977-78, 1980-82). In addition to his world title, he also finished third twice and fifth once. When his bull riding career ended, Kirby never left rodeo. Instead, he became a pro official for 27 years for the PRCA. When the Wrangler NFR comes around this December, it will mark Kirby’s 30th NFR as a judge.
Amy Wilson chats with Kirby about his world championship year and how things are much different as the years have passed. He talks about how trick riding horses as a kid helped shape his bull riding skills, the mentors that helped him make it to his first NFR and much more!
“One thing I learned, now being a judge, is I don’t make the rules - I enforce them,” Kirby said. “I found out the best way to compete is don’t question the rules or the judges. You go out and ride to the best of your ability and the cream will rise to the crop.”
Watch the video below hear the full interview!