It has now become old hat, a Stetson to be precise, for Lyle Hogue.
For the fourth consecutive year in a row, Hogue has been crowned the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association Bull Riding World Champion.
Hogue is LCD Group’s multi-family development director. In the office, he is assisting clients on multi-family housing and community development projects. Outside the office, Hogue can be found training for or sitting atop a 2,000 pound bull.
Hogue competed in 14 rodeos throughout 2022. He accumulated points through the season at events in Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Last month, entered the national finals in Buckeye, Arizona sitting in first place for riders aged 60 and older. Hogue’s performance at the finals earned him his fourth World Champion 60 Bull Riding gold buckle.
Winning one bull riding championship at any age is an achievement. To win four in a row over the age of 50 is, by any definition, exceptional.
Hogue’s passion for bull riding started young. He has been participating in rodeos off and on since he was a child. When he turned 50, Hogue climbed on his first bull in a National Senior Pro Rodeo event. The rest is history.
Hogue, who turned 66 earlier this month, credits bull riding with keeping him young both in spirit and physically.
“For me, bull riding is a lot of work and dedication. I work out six days a week and try to stay in fairly decent shape. It keeps me focused and gives me purpose and enjoyment,” says Hogue.
“I can’t wait until this February when the 2023 season starts. I am looking forward to getting back together with the other bull riders and living the dream. People ask me when I plan to quit. My answer is as long as my body can take it and I am still having fun, I will keep doing it.”
Photo: Hogue, on the left, accepting his fourth gold belt buckle.