Rodeo Career

Carl Nafzger was a leading bull rider in the 1960s. He qualified three years in a row (1963-65) for the National Finals Rodeo, finishing third in 1963. He is a member of the Professional Bull Riders’ Ring of Honor. The PBR describes the Ring of Honor, which is an actual ring, as an honor “given annually to individuals who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the sport of professional bull riding. It is both a physical ring and a fellowship of men whose blood, sweat, heartaches and handshakes have been instrumental to the present and future success of the sport.”

 

Carl Nafzger (1)
Photo by Devere Helfrich, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum collection.

 

Carl Nafzger 2 on #03 (B&S) Wichita Falls 63 -permission

Photo by Devere Helfrich, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum collection.
Photo by Devere Helfrich, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum collection.

 

CARL NAFZGER ON 00 (KNIGHT) CHEYENNE 66 - permission

Carl Nafzger on 14 (Knight) Ft Worth 62 -permission

Carl Nafzger on 54 (Knight) Ft Worth 63 - permission
Photo by Devere Helfrich, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum collection.
Carl Nafzger on 81 Devils Partner (Knight) San Antonio 66
Photo by Devere Helfrich, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum collection.