Bud Walker began rodeoing at 12, winning the tie-down at the Cotulla Youth Rodeo in 1961. He won his first all-around saddle in the Texas Youth Rodeo Association at 16, and continued rodeoing through high school and Southwest Junior College, where his team won region many times. Bud was a member of the 1968 Southwest Texas State College team that placed third at the National College Finals. As Bud aged, team roping became a hobby. The last team roping saddle he won was just months before he became terminally ill. Bud shared his love of roping and riding with his children and grandchildren, and many others. He was a humble man of exceptional character who epitomized the cowboy life.