Quail Dobbs

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Quail Dobbs (August 27, 1941, in Albany, Texas, US – January 15, 2014, in Coahoma, Texas[1]) was a famous rodeo clown and performer, inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2002.

His parents were Acie and Avis Dobbs, and his childhood was marked by many moves. In the late 1950s, the family moved to Colorado City. In 1964, Dobbs married a high school classmate named Judy, and the couple had two children, Stephanie and Coley.[2] In 1972, he made his acting debut as a rodeo clown in the movie J. W. Coop.[3]

Dobbs began his career in rodeo by riding bulls and bareback horses, and in 1962 began work as a barrelman. During his career he performed on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). He was named PRCA Clown of the Year twice in 1978 and 1988 and the Coors Man in the Can four times in 1985, 1986, 1990 and 1993. He was one of only three men to work as both a bullfighter and barrelman at the National Finals Rodeo, and also worked seven times as a barrelman for the Wrangler Bullfight Tours Final. He also worked 28 times at the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming, and the 1998 Frontier Days marked Dobbs' last appearance in professional rodeo. After his retirement, he became justice of the peace in Coahoma, Texas[4] a position he held until his death in 2014.[5]



  1. ^ Henry, Mike (January 16, 2014). "National Rodeo Legend, Retired Justice of the Peace Passes Away". NewsWest9.com. NewsWest 9. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Quail Dobbs". Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  3. ^ "Quail Dobbs". IMDb. Retrieved March 3, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Quail Dobbs". ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "Howard County, Texas". www.co.howard.tx.us. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
  6. ^ "Inductees". Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "Quail Dobbs". Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame | Fort Worth, Texas. November 19, 2000. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  8. ^ "Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame". www.oldwestmuseum.org. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "Quail Dobbs". Western Heritage from the Texas Trail of Fame. June 14, 2013. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  10. ^ "Bull Riding Hall of Fame inductees". Bull Riding Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 19, 2023.

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