Remembering Bull Riding World Champion Blue Stone

Two-time World Champion Blue Stone passed away Sunday at his home in Utah. He was 43.

Stone made the NFR twice in his career and won the Gold Buckle in both of those seasons.

Stone was the first cowboy to win back-to-back PRCA Bull Riding World Championships since Don Gay won three World Titles in a row between 1979-81.

Stone also shares the Round 1 Bull Riding record with Gay, after going 94 points in 2001 to match Gay’s 1974 ride.

Stone came out of nowhere to win the 2001 and 2002 Gold Buckles after earning just $40,131 combined between 1998 and 2000 as a part-time competitor.

Stone was preceded in death by uncles, Jim Willard; Scott Willard, Mont Willard, Frank Sothwick and father-in-law Steven Georgi. He is survived by his wife, Lynsi; and six children, Rowdy, Riley, Waycee, Korbon, Ashton and Taygon; brothers, Dusty Stone; and Justin (Cassie) Gibson; sisters, Shelly Gibson and Tammy (Travis) Myers and stepfather Lawrence Gibson.