'The Legend' makes history again.
Dubbed 'the legend' by his fellow rodeo professionals, Guy Allen of Santa Anna is living up to his reputation.
The 16-time World Champion Steer Roper will be inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame today at the Fort Worth Stockyards along with country music legend, George Strait, and three others.
This past September, Allen was inducted into the Pendelton Roundup Hall of Fame in Pendelton, Ore., one of the largest rodeos in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. Allen was also honored last year at Stephenville's version of the 'Walk of Fame,' according to his mother, Ann Allen, of Santa Anna. In 1996, Allen was inducted into the PRCA Hall of Fame.
Allen was roping at a rodeo in Odessa and was unavailable for comment. As his rodeo season has already begun, Allen will be unavailable to attend the induction ceremonies, but his parents, James and Ann Allen, will accept the honor in his place.
Allen has been attending World Championships since he was 19 years old and has been setting records for just as long. His current records include being tied for most World Championships with Jim Shoulders at 16; the most consecutive World Championships at 11; the youngest World Champion Steer Roper at age 19; the most family members at National Finals with himself, his dad, James Allen, and his brother, Gip; fastest steer roping time ever at a rodeo at 7.9 seconds; fastest steer roping time ever at a jackpot at 7.7 seconds; fastest steer roping time at a National Finals at 8.6 seconds; most money won at a National Finals at $25,000 and most money won in a year at about $98,000.
Allen has been roping since he was a small child. Beginning with junior rodeos, he roped in college at Ranger Junior College and Sul Ross State University in Alpine. He turned pro in 1976 at the age of 18 when he won enough money to earn his PRCA membership card.
Allen won his first World Championship the next year at the age of 19. He has been to the World Championships every year since then, longer than some of his competitors have been alive.
Allen's father, James Allen, of Santa Anna, was also a professional roper and taught his son at a young age and, Guy Allen said in a previous interview that growing up, there were always plenty of steers and horses to practice on at the family ranch. Roping was something the whole family became involved in, he said, though none took to it as well as Allen did.
"I've been blessed to be able to do it and make a living at it," Allen said in that previous interview.
Joining Allen in his induction into the equally legendary Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is George Strait, 50, of San Antonio.
The star is to be honored for the George Strait Team Roping Classic, which handed out nearly $300,000 in cash and prizes at the 20th annual competition this year in San Antonio, and for elevating the image of the cowboy around the world through his music.
Strait has been named the top entertainer in country music at the TNN and CMT Country Weekly Music Awards. He and his son, Texas A&M University student George "Bubba" Strait, also compete in team roping.
Additional inductees include Fred Whitfield of Hockley, who just added a sixth calf-roping world championship at the National Finals Rodeo and Neal and Kay Gay of Mesquite, co-founders of the Mesquite Championship Rodeo and producers of the Fort Worth Stock Show.