All Inductees

Pat Doyle

Empty Saddles

Pat Doyle was born in Sam Antonio, Texas in 1929. In his early teens he broke all of the colts on the McGill Brothers ranches in Alice. A few years past and his dream job had to be put on hold-it was time for war over the 38th parallel on Korean frozen soil. He fought on the front line for months and was sent home wounded with 2 purple hearts.

Pat started on the Texas Rodeo Trail in the fifties. He worked all 5 events but his love was bull riding. He was always looking forward to the next rodeo; he loved his friends, competing and just being in the rodeo atmosphere. He won many All-Arounds, bull riding, calf ropings and a bucket full of, saddles and awards. He showed all breed of horses in the Registered Horse Shows all over Texas and was #1 most of the time. Pat got on his last bull at the Old Timers Rodeo in 1973 in Temple. He told Jim Sholders, who was judging, that he hoped the bull was over 40 years old too. He placed a third and was all smiles.

Pat worked for Bexter County and Southwest Research. He started training horses on his own in 1964. He was a natural horse trainer, had a special way with horses, but his love was training calf roping horses. Pat’s calling, clearly was training racehorses. He was a highly respected racehorse trainer. He trained racehorses along with his wife Barbara, for over 35 years. Needing to spend more time at the races, being a great husband and friend and the most perfect Dad, a kid could ever have. Pat was running in Texas, Ruidoso and Alburquerque, New Mexico. Pat never met a stranger and always had a big smile on his face. He loved Llano, Bandera, all of his people, and his friends and was a life member of the Cowboy Capital Rodeo Association, and many horse associations. 47 hears later and many racetrack miles, Pat finally made it to the finish line. He retired in September in 2001 and moved with his wife Barbara to Packsaddle Ranch in Llano. Pat went to cooler waters and greener pastures on May 31, 2005 and is loved and missed by all of us.