All Inductees

George Paul

Empty Saddles

George was born March 5, 1947 in San Antonio, Texas  and was raised on a ranch near Del Rio. He got his start in rodeo in the AJRA and at 16 placed 6th in the bareback that year and 3 years later had won Championships in Bareback Riding, Bull Riding and Reserve Champion in the All Around in the AJRA.

Later in 1966 he joined the RCA and burst into the pro rodeo scene to find that flying to rodeos was the best way to get there and in 1967 he went to the NFR at the age of 20. He ended up 4th in the bull riding and 2nd in the finals average. 13th in the All Around and 17th in the bareback riding. He was the World Champion RCA Bull Rider in 1968 & NFR Finals winner. George was knocked out in the first go and then rode 8 in a row to in the title.

That year leading up to the finals he rode 79 rank bulls consecutively. Bareback riding wins brought him to a 5th place finish in the All Around.

A brilliean career came to an end on August 2, 1970 when his plane went down in Wyoming. Much loved, respected by his peers his memory honored each year at the “George Paul Memorial” bull riding held in Del Rio. He is an inductee into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.