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Shawn M. Davis

Rodeo Coach

College of Southern Idaho

HQ Phone:  (208) 733-9554

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College of Southern Idaho

315 Falls Ave

Twin Falls, Idaho,83301

United States

Company Description

The College of Southern Idaho (CSI), a comprehensive community college, provides quality educational, social, cultural, economic, and workforce development opportunities that meet the diverse needs of the communities it serves. CSI prepares students to lead en... more

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Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association

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Education

Masters in Arts & Letters

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undergraduate degree

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Las Vegan Magazine of Las Vegas

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In the early 1980s, in an attempt to remedy the situation, Harry Wall, Manager of Caesars Palace contacted Shawn Davis, the President-elect of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), to discuss the possibility of hosting the National Finals Rodeo (NFR), the organization's World Championship competition.
Shawn Davis explained that "To be fair to Oklahoma City, we let it be known that Las Vegas was interested." Although it had taken time to get the NFR Committee interested in moving, the PRCA contestants were behind the idea from the beginning. At the 1984 Finals, Davis talked with the Directors of four of the six events and contacted the other two to get their opinions. He found that 80-95% of the contestants wanted to move the rodeo if the money was the same. Shawn Davis recalls, "The FBI come in and searched our rooms (his and the Directors whom they thought supported the move)...they said we were in some kind of coercion with Benny Binion. Not as certain that the issue had been laid to rest, Davis arranged the meeting facilities for the presentations so there would be no doubt that there was no coercion taking place. He selected a boardroom with adjacent restroom facilities. The food for the day was catered, and there were no telephones in the room. The meeting plan was to listen to both presentations, then take a "straw" vote and have everyone discuss the pros and cons. The presenters would then be called back in to make their final offer, and then the Committee would vote. No one would leave or call out until the entire process was completed. As Davis put it, "We were trying to be fair to everybody." Davis explained. One of the Directors switched his vote to Las Vegas, creating a tie that Davis, as the President, had to break. When Davis became President in the early 80's, he found that the members alone owed nearly a million dollars, and the organization was nearly bankrupt. Realizing changes were necessary, he began to work with the Board to reorganize the PRCA and set it on a course towards financial stability with the NFR providing the cornerstone. Shawn Davis, now the General Manager for Production of the NFR, finds the need for precision a welcome challenge. When he became PRCA President in the early 1980's the rodeo had become a little loose. Davis holds a meeting before and after the rodeo every night to evaluate the performance. He also works to ensure that the openings, closings, arena decorations, and all the extraneous outfitting of the production is first class. Shawn Davis is a former President of the PRCA, three-time World Champion Saddle Bronc rider, and an original inductee into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. He is presently the General Manager for Production for the National Finals Rodeo.


Shawn Davis | Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame

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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.


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Shawn Davis
SHAWN DAVIS Saddle Bronc Riding • Inducted 1979 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. SHAWN DAVIS


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Shawn Davis, pictured with 4-year-old filly Silver's Lady in Arapahoe Park's winner's circle.
Shawn Davis, center, peeks over the shoulders of Silver's Lady's owners Ronald and Cathy Icabone. When Shawn Davis was a young pro rodeo superstar, he agreed to do a favor for a friend. At great peril, Davis landed his private plane on a tiny runway in bad weather in Thompson Falls, Mont., and entered a small rodeo there. The 1969 gesture almost cost him his life, or at least his career. In the bareback riding event, his horse rebelled. "He just flipped straight over backward, and the first thing that hit was my shoulder," Davis recalled this week, sitting at his little desk in the barn area at Arapahoe Park in Aurora. His back was devastated. After bizarre experiences on the way - one ambulance ran out of gas - he ended up in a Missoula hospital, where doctors performed surgery six weeks later. He Trainer Shawn Davis, center, runs numerous horses at Arapahoe Park in Aurora, including Silver's Lady, who won the 4th race on Memorial Day. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post) "They fused my back a whole vertebra out of place because they were scared to put it all back," Davis said. Yet, he returned to the pro rodeo circuit and stayed on it until age 48, qualifying for the National Finals 12 times. "I never could quite ride as good as before," he said. He remained one of the sport's icons not just as a competitor, best known for his saddle bronc riding prowess, but also as a pioneering president of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association; coach of the powerhouse rodeo program and head of the equine department at the College of Southern Idaho; and an independent contractor putting on the PRCA Finals and other events in Las Vegas. Davis, 70, scoffs at the notion of slowing down, though he retired from his college job three years ago. He continues to manage events in Las Vegas but is spending the late spring and summer living in a trailer with his wife, Jeanna, on the Arapahoe Park grounds, and overseeing a stable of 18 horses as one of the leading thoroughbred trainers in the meeting that began last weekend. It means getting to the Davis barn at 4:55 a.m. most days, checking on Extras More on Shawn Davis: His work day Monday at Arapahoe Park. View more images of Shawn Davis at Arapahoe Park. and working with the horses, and watching them race during Arapahoe's usual Friday through Sunday schedule. "Oh, I'd be bored if I didn't keep working," said Davis, who has homes in Idaho and Arizona. "You have 18 challenges in this barn and every morning, you don't know what's going to happen." Early draw to horses Raised in Whitehall, Mont., Davis entered his first rodeo at age 5 and soon became a regular in 4H rodeos. He also broke ponies for $5 apiece and rode horses through the ring at sales. "They gave me a dollar for each one and paid me in silver dollars," he said. "I'd have them jangling in my pockets when I rode." He was a high school rodeo champion and competed at Montana State and Western Montana before starting on the pro circuit in the mid-1960s. His $25,900 in saddle-bronc earnings in his first full season was a world record. He was a three-time world champion when he suffered the back injury. While recuperating, he got involved in rodeo promotion, including for events in Europe, and discovered he had a knack at organizing. He took the College of Southern Idaho job in 1977 and continued to compete and promote on the side. "I forgot to ask all the right questions," he said. "I found out that there was no funding for the program. I had a beautiful building and no funding." So he called friends he had made through rodeo, including competitors, as well as Las Vegas casino baron Benny Binion. Shawn Davis, a three-time saddle bronc world champion and a member of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame who has turned to thoroughbred training, is with 4-year-old filly Silver's Lady in Arapahoe Park's paddock shortly before the post parade for Monday's fourth race. Fundraisers for the CSI rodeo program on Binion's Montana ranch were spectacular successes, and Davis also paired rodeos with boxing matches to raise money. The college program became self-sustaining. During all of this, Davis took gradual steps into thoroughbred racing. His wife's and his first race horse was born in their backyard in Twin Falls shortly after he took the coaching job, and the filly's first victory came in Boise under an apprentice jockey headed for a Hall of Fame career - Gary Stevens. Davis soon had interests in horses that ran in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and California. Yet, even after he got his training license in 1991, it was a sideline for him. When he walked away from the college coaching job at age 67 in 2008, his "retirement" became a combination of his continued work with Las Vegas Events and horse training. At Arapahoe, he either owns or has a share of most of the horses in his stable. Because many of the sport's most prominent trainers are rodeo fans and have known Davis for years - Hall of Fame trainer Carl Nafzger also is a former rodeo cowboy and one of Davis' best friends - they either buy second-tier horses on Davis' behalf at yearling sales or sell him horses believed to be underachieving at major tracks. "I'm really comfortable with Shawn as a trainer because of the way he takes care of the horses," Icabone said. "Our horses fit good here," Davis said. A look at the careers of Shawn Davis:


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Shawn Davis 2010 Grand Marshal
The Nebraska's Big Rodeo Boosters organization is thrilled to announce that Shawn Davis, General Manager or the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, will travel to Burwell as the 2010 Grand Marshal. For nearly half a century, Shawn Davis has played a major role in the sport of professional rodeo and has worn many hats during that time. Born Dec. 7, 1940, in Butte, Montana, Davis bought his RCA card in 1962 (RCA became the PRCA in 1975) and it was full-speed ahead. He made a name for himself in the arena winning three world titles in rodeo's "classic" event of saddle bronc riding before serving as the President of the PRCA. 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 month later, following intensive, self-motivated physical therapy, he was riding broncs and winning. He returned to the National Finals Rodeo in 1971. Davis also worked as the rodeo coach at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls and as the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo's General Manager. Shawn was serving as the President of the PRCA when he cast the deciding vote to move the National Finals Rodeo from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas and was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979. With his rodeo knowledge and organizational skills he has truly turned the NFR into rodeo's "super bowl" event.


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