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Bob Tallman

Event in which you compete: Announcing

Hometown: Poolville, TX, USA

Number of years announcing: 41

Career accomplishments to date:

  • 24X NFR Announcer
  • Nine Halls of Fame
  • 33X Calgary Stampede
  • 33X Fort Worth Stock Show
  • 33X Houston Rodeo
  • 33X Reno
  • 33X Denver Stock Show

How you got started in your event: I didn’t ride well enough to be Larry Mahan or Jim Shoulders, so I started announcing. I was the best six-second Bareback rider.

Length of time you’ve been sponsored by Ariat: Three years

Favorite Ariat product (by name): Oh my boots, shoes, and my wife’s purses.

Proudest career moment: Oh my, I have had a million. I have witnessed nine fatalities. I’ve talked to the President. I’ve talked to astronauts in space. I’ve been to more than 30,000 performances. I’m a Christian who didn’t find Jesus behind a can of corn at Walmart; he found me.

Tell us about your first horse: His name was Star. I was four years old on a ranch Orocada, Nevada.

You announce because: I wasn’t a good cowboy. And I love it.

If you weren’t a professional announcer, you would be a: A farmer for God, which I am becoming better at.

Favorite mentor or idol growing up: My grandmother and my mother who came from Switzerland in 1921.

Favorite place to travel: I haven’t been there yet! I love to travel anywhere.

Name one fun fact that people don’t know about you: When I was a kid our playground equipment was a windmill. I went to school in a one-room schoolhouse – eight grades and one teacher.

Favorite way to unwind outside of the barn: Bible study at the lake, because there is peace.

Good luck charm: Good luck becomes a crutch and will keep you from making good decisions.