Tuff Hedeman Biography

(Bull Rider)

Birthday: March 2, 1963 (Pisces)

Born In: El Paso, Texas, United States

Tuff Hedeman, born as Richard Neale Hedeman, is a retired Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Bull Riding Champion and one-time Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Champion Bull Rider. One of the co-founders of PBR, Hedeman currently serves as the ambassador of Championship Bull Riding (CBR). Till date, the American bull rider has won several awards and honours for his accomplishments. Hedeman was honoured with PBR Legends and Heroes Celebration: Ring of Honor from the association in 1999. He is also a Cowboy Capital Walk of Fame, ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Molalla Walk of Fame inductee. Hedeman was inducted into the Bull Riding Hall of Fame, El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame, Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame and Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame as well. Talking about the champion bull rider’s personal lifestyle, he is a complete family man devoted to his wife and children. He loves to spend his free time travelling to team roping and bull riding events.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Richard Neale Hedeman

Age: 61 Years, 61 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Tracy Stepp (m. 1986)

father: Red Hedeman

mother: Clarice Hedeman

siblings: Gary Hedeman

children: Robert Lane Hedeman, Trevor Neale Hedeman

Born Country: United States

Bull Riders American Men

City: El Paso, Texas

U.S. State: Texas

More Facts

education: Sul Ross State University

Tuff Hedeman won several junior rodeo competitions in his youth. He won the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association Championship in the year 1980. After this, he received multiple top honours in collegiate team roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and bronc riding. Then in 1983, after winning the National Collegiate Finals Championship, Hedeman turned pro. He won three World Championships in the PRCA: his first in 1986, second in 1989, and third in 1991.
After this, the American bull rider won the PBR World Championship in 1995, despite a dangerous encounter with the celebrated bull Bodacious. In this battle, Hedeman sustained numerous serious face injuries. In 1996, he came second and lost the PBR world title, losing it to Owen Washburn. He then ranked third during the 1997 PBR season. During what was to be his last ride at PBR Bud Light Cup Series event in 1998, he became injured very badly. After giving his health a serious consideration, Hedeman officially retired in 1999.
After having been the President of the PBR, the world renowned former bull rider is currently serving as the ambassador for CBR. Hedeman left the PBR in the year 2004 and Ty Murray has since replaced him as the association’s president.
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Personal Life
Tuff Hedeman was born as Richard Neale Hedeman on March 2, 1963 in El Paso, Texas, USA. After attending high school, he studied at Sul Ross State University. Coming to his love life, the American former bull rider champion married Tracy Hedeman in 1986. The couple has two sons. The family lives in Morgan Mill, Texas. Their eldest son, Lane, is named after Lane Frost.
Currently, Hedeman spends his leisure time at team roping and bull riding events. He occasionally provides commentary on CBR bull riding events broadcasts on television.
He is not active on any popular social networking website like Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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