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Cotton Rosser was presented the 2019 Legends of ProRodeo Award. – Photo by Vanessa Holder

By Kendra Santos

Cotton Rosser wore a lot of cowboy hats in his legendary life. The proud Rosser family patriarch made a mighty splash in the cowboy sport as a contestant, Cal Poly Rodeo standout, pioneer cowboy pilot, rancher, stock contractor and rodeo producer extraordinaire. Consummate showman Cotton earned his billing as the King of the Cowboys and The PT Barnum of Professional Rodeo for his signature fast-paced performances, and never stopped taking rodeo production to the next level by figuring out yet another way to wow the crowd and put a smile on every single spectator’s face. Cotton Rosser was a rodeo man like none other.  

November 17, 1960 - May 11, 2022

ProRodeo Hall of Fame stock contractor Cotton Rosser passed away June 22 at his home in Marysville, Calif. He was 93. For more than 60 years, Rosser was known for his spectacular, flamboyant opening ceremonies at rodeos on the West Coast and for many years at the NFR.


Jan. 25, 1941 - Jan. 15, 2022
Hartzell Jack Kent of Marsing, Idaho, passed away at the age of 80 on Saturday, January 15, 2022.