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“Its Been a Long Road”: Rodeo Fans Erupt as One of the Pioneering Figures in Bull Riding Receives Massive Honor

Published 05/26/2023, 4:51 PM EDT

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Bull riding, the 8-second sport during which legends are forged, is the most exciting and the most challenging of them all. Riding the behemoth bulls requires raw strength and power coupled with feline agility. These unmatched characteristics have ensured that bull riding has a rich tradition entrenched in a legendary history. Recently, Cody Lambert became an unextinguishable part of the same.

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The Bull Riding Hall of Fame, located at Cowtown Coliseum in the Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas, is the mecca for all bull riders. Any rodeo cowboy who ever wishes to be anything in the sport dreams about being a part of the hall of fame, and Lambert just achieved this dream.

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Lambert, a pioneer in the world of rodeo and bull riding, was inducted into the Hall of Fame on May 20 during the 9th annual induction ceremony and reunion, at Fort Worth Stockyards. The idea of any Hall of Fame is to honor the magnates that have graced a particular sport, and also to preserve the history of that sport. Cody Lambert’s accomplishments are definitely a piece of history that need to be honored as well as preserved.

With his induction into the Hall of Fame, Lambert has now joined the ranks of Cody Snyder, Dickey Cox, Kenny Wilcox, Rickey Lindsey, Rick Chatman, John Gloor, R.C. Bales, Bernis Johnson, Ronnie Bowman, and bull O18 Cowtown. Lambert is a resident of Bowie and lives just outside of town with his wife Leanne. His beautiful wife used to be a barrel racer, and the pair met while making rounds in the bull riding circuit. The kindred spirits fell in love, tied the knot in 1982, welcoming their son, Riley, four years later.


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Lambert’s bull riding career is an embellished one. He started riding broncs when he was in high school. Cody Lambert then went to the Sul Ross University, where he won the Men’s All Around at the 1982 National Collegiate Rodeo Association Finals. In 1981, 1990, and 1991, he went on to compete in the National Finals Rodeo. Lambert became the Texas Circuit Finals Champion two times. Time and again, Cody Lambert proved himself to be a giant in the bull-riding industry.

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When the news of Lambert being inducted into the Hall of Fame was announced on Facebook by the official page of The Bull Riding Hall of Fame, Lambert’s fans were over the moon. Someone commented, “its been a long road Cody”. Judging by the long journey that the veteran has been through, it does seem like it. Another fan congratulated Lambert, and wrote, “Congratulations Cody , well deserved!!!”

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Cody Lambert belonged to a family of tough riders and had two grandfathers who competed in the rodeo, and a father who was a racehorse jockey. Given these conditions, it is not a surprise that Lambert was influenced by them. A fan remembered his legacy, and said, “Congratulations, your Grandpa Vern’s smiling in heaven!” 


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Life truly has come full circle for Cody Lambert, as all of his achievements have coalesced into this one legendary moment that has brought him to the stature of being a Hall of Famer.

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Apoorva Behl


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