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This profile was last updated on 8/29/11  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

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News and notes from the rodeo trail August 29th, 2011 - Spur RadioSpur Radio, 29 Aug 2011 [cached]
The 4th Annual Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala will honor Shawn Davis as a Legend of ProRodeo to kick off two weeks of festivities associated with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Davis, a three-time world champion saddle bronc rider and a member of the inaugural class of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979, has been general manager of the Wrangler NFR since 1986. The gala is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Grand Ballroom of the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
News, 28 Oct 2001 [cached]
"This is as good as it gets," said Shawn Davis, a former three-time world champion saddle bronc rider who is the general manager of the Finale and the Wrangler NFR."This is the greatest event I've ever seen."
The Finale was created by a group of prominent Dallas businessmen known as the Texas Stampede.
Women's Professional Rodeo Association, 31 May 2012 [cached]
Shawn Davis, the general manager of the NFR, works very hard to make sure the ground is good and consistent for all the events for 10 consecutive performances. This year more sand was added to the ground and most of the barrel racers seemed to agree that this was probably the best ground that they had run on at the National Finals. Our thanks to Shawn Davis for his hard work and expertise to make sure that the Wrangler NFR continues to be the best rodeo in the world.
Shawn Davis | Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, 16 May 2013 [cached]
Shawn Davis
Saddle Bronc Riding • Inducted 1979
LegendBronze2 Shawn Davis, a three-time world champion saddle bronc rider, has devoted much of his life to the sport of rodeo. Davis won his first title in 1965 and then captured back-to-back titles in 1967-68. In 1969, he was leading the world standings when a bronc fell on him in Thompson Falls, Mont., breaking his back. At least one surgeon predicted Davis would never ride even a gentle horse again, but 13 months later, following intensive, self-motivated physical therapy, he was riding broncs and winning. He returned to the National Finals Rodeo in 1971. Davis has been general manager of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo since 1986 and was a major proponent of moving the NFR from Oklahoma City, Okla., to Las Vegas. Davis has served on the PRCA Board of Directors and was the rodeo coach at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls for 29 years before retiring in 2007. He was born on Dec. 7, 1940, in Butte, Mont.
American Profile: 11/28/2004 - 12/4/2004: Pro Rodeo's Main Event, 28 Nov 2004 [cached]
,What I,d hoped would happen 30 to 35 years ago is finally becoming a possibility now,, says Shawn Davis, 64, production manager for the PRCA,s three nationwide tours, plus the prestigious National Finals, the sport,s equivalent of baseball,s World Series. ,We have nearly 700 sanctioned rodeos annually in 41 states and four Canadian provinces.There,s a beginning and an end and a tremendous excitement level.
Davis, a three-time world saddle bronc riding champion (1965, 1967-68), who still coaches rodeo at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, says the sport has changed considerably from the time when he was competing.
,When I was growing up, it was more like the original Wild West,, recalls Davis, ,when the cowboys would come into town, go to the rodeo, and then party and have a great time until the next one down the road a week.Their lifestyle has changed, too.
,We,re getting a lot of benefit out of television,, says Davis, referring to the PRCA,s contracts with the ESPN and OLN networks.
,If it,s not on TV, it don,t work,, Shoulders adds. ,I think it,s a product worth selling and worth looking at.,
As for what the future holds for pro rodeo, Davis says, ,If they,ll continue with the present (PRCA) commissioner,s plan and organize it so it can be developed as a sport with a following, there,s an excitement level coupled with the heritage of the West that is very hard to duplicate.,
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