2015 Hall of Fame Inductee
Just as a fly lands on the back of a 2000 pound bull, the same with a 5’7”, 150 pound cowboy, that bull knows he’s got a pest on his back that he wants off and he’s going to do his best to do what it takes to get it off as quick as he can. But if that pest is a cowboy by the name of Danell Tipton, the shaking off is not an easy thing.
Danell was born on July 22nd, 1973 in Spencer, Oklahoma where at the age of 13 he got this urge to climb atop a junior bull at the East Side Roundup Club in Choctaw, Oklahoma. He however did not have $10 to pay the entry fee, so he ran to his grandmother, Willie Mae Tipton, and asked for the cash to which she let him have. The rest is, as they say, history as Willie Mae drove him to train with three time IPRA Bareback Champion Arthur Stoner, who happened to live in the Garden Day housing addition in East Oklahoma City in a non-rodeo neighborhood.
In 1992 he joined the IPRA and in ’93 he made the finals finishing 7th in the world. In December of ’94 he astonished the crowd by taking 2nd overall over 60 rodeos. At the IFR in 1996, Danell won the finals average and the association’s bull year-end championship before a crowd of over eleven thousand fans.
In 1998, Danell joined the PRCA and under the tutelage of the PRCA’s first black bull riding champion, Charles Sampson. That year Danell took home The Rookie of the Year and Bull Riding World Titles.
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