Cody Lambert

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Cody Lambert (born December 2, 1961) from Merkel, Texas[1] is an American former professional bareback bronc, saddle bronc and bull rider.[2] He was a Champion Bull Riding Cowboy and Vice President of the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR).[3] He created the protective vest that most professional bull riders now wear, after seeing the death of his friend, Lane Frost at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 30, 1989.[4]

Early life[edit]

Cody Lambert is the son of racehorse trainer Cliff Lambert, who was the first jockey to win the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs aboard Galobar in 1959.[5] Cody has three siblings, brothers Chuck and Casey Lambert, a successful racehorse jockey and sister Cheyann.[6]


Cody, Lane Frost, Ty Murray, Jim "Razor" Sharp, and Tuff Hedeman frequently rode the rodeo circuit together and were known as the "Wolfpack" during that time.

Cody Lambert retired from bull riding at the end of the 1996 PBR World Finals. He is currently the Vice President and Livestock Director of the PBR. He lives in Bowie, Texas, on a ranch with his wife, Leanne, and their horses and dogs.


In 2002, Cody was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.[7] Inducted for his rodeo accomplishments, the museum features many of Lambert's personal items used during his illustrious rodeo career.

In 2012, Lambert was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.[8][9]

In Media[edit]

In the Lane Frost biographical drama, 8 Seconds (1994), Lambert was portrayed by Red Mitchell.[10]


  1. ^ Professional Bull Riders - Cody Lambert Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  2. ^ "Heroes & Legends: Cody Lambert". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ring of Honor: Cody Lambert". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Cheyenne 1989". Archived from the original on October 27, 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  5. ^ Herrera, Peter. "Cliff Lambert: Life On The Lead" (PDF). New Mexico Horse Breeder. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Herrera, Peter. "The Brotherhood: Casey, Cody and Chuck Lambert" (PDF). New Mexico Horse Breeder. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame | Fort Worth Texas". Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Professional Bull Riders - Lambert inducted into Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame: Past Inductees". Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  10. ^ Avildsen, John G. (25 February 1994). "8 Seconds". Retrieved 18 April 2017.