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Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones Portrait

A 1927 model of the great American Cowboy, Bobby hails from Salinas, CA. By working as a ranch and feedlot cowboy and rodeoing professionally, Bobby provided for a family of seven, two boys and five girls.

An outstanding RCA roper, Bobby competed with the best of them from 1946-1963 and qualified for the NFR in team roping five times. During the 50’s, Bobby was among the best ropers, ranking no lower than third in the world from 1955-57.

In 1955, he won the team roping at the Salinas Rodeo with Olin Sims.

Setting a record that few will ever equal, Bobby returned to the Salinas Rodeo arena in 2008 - 53 years later at the age of 82 - to rope with son, Jeff.

In 1963, he retired from professional rodeo to raise his family, but when the last of his seven children left home, he returned to the arena on the NSPRA circuit.

Although he never thought he’d go back to rodeo, he did it to keep himself occupied and to see guys he competed with years ago. Both of Bobby’s sons are excellent ropers. Greg team ropes, and Jeff, who ropes calves, is currently in contention for the NSPRA 40+ Calf Roping title as well as the 40+ All Around title.

After coming out of retirement and joining NSPRA in 1990, Bobby began racking up titles once again, winning the 1993 Western Region Calf Roping Championship, the 1993 NSPRA Team Roping Finals Championship, the 1995 Western Region Reserve Team Roping Championship, and the 1995 Western Region Finals Team Roping Championship.

Bobby was also actively involved in the production of many good California NSPRA rodeos in the early 90’s.

Known for his great sense of humor, Bobby always had a smile on his face and never had a problem or a complaint. He was just real glad to be there.

Bobby is another one of those good cowboys who did not simply retire to reminisce about the good old days – he relived them, rodeoing with the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association.

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