Cody Lambert

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Cody Lambert (born December 2, 1961) in Artesia, New Mexico[1] is an American former professional rodeo cowboy. He specialized in saddle bronc riding and bull riding.[2] He was also a co-founder and vice president of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR).[3] He created the protective vest that professional bull riders have been required to wear for many years, after witnessing 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]

Career[edit]

Cody Lambert, Lane Frost, Ty Murray, Jim Sharp, and Tuff Hedeman frequently rode the rodeo circuit together and were known as the "Wolfpack" during that time.[7]

Lambert retired from bull riding at the end of the 1996 PBR World Finals. He also served as the PBR’s vice president, as a PBR bull riding judge, and as the PBR’s livestock director. Starting in 2022, Lambert will be the head coach of the Texas Rattlers, one of eight bull riding teams of the PBR’s new Team Series.[8] He lives in Bowie, Texas, on a ranch with his wife, Leanne, and their horses and dogs.[9]

Honors[edit]

In 1996, Lambert was one of the inaugural inductees into the PBR's Ring of Honor.

In 2002, Lambert was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.[10] Inducted for his rodeo accomplishments, the museum features many of Lambert's personal items used during his rodeo career.[citation needed]

In 2012, Lambert was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.[11]

In 2020, Lambert was inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Rodeo Hall of Fame.

In Media[edit]

His name ended up being used as the character name for Sasha Mitchell’s character on the television show Step By Step.

In the Lane Frost biographical drama, 8 Seconds (1994), Lambert was portrayed by Red Mitchell.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cody Lambert". National Western Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
  2. ^ "Heroes & Legends: Cody Lambert". Professional Bull Riders. www.pbr.com. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ring of Honor: Cody Lambert". Professional Bull Riders. www.pbr.com. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Cheyenne 1989". Lanefrost.com. Archived from the original on October 27, 2016. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Herrera, Peter. "Cliff Lambert: Life On The Lead" (PDF). New Mexico Horse Breeder. files.speedhorse.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 16, 2018. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Herrera, Peter. "The Brotherhood: Casey, Cody and Chuck Lambert" (PDF). New Mexico Horse Breeder. files.speedhorse.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 16, 2018. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ted Kimzey – the Original "Wolfpack" Knew How to Have Fun |". Wrangler Network. July 26, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  8. ^ "Cody Lambert to Head Coach the Texas Rattlers". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  9. ^ "Cody Lambert". Horses, Cows, and a Little Bull. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  10. ^ "Cody Lambert". Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame | Fort Worth Texas. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  11. ^ "Past Inductees". Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  12. ^ Avildsen, John G. (February 25, 1994). "8 Seconds". Retrieved April 18, 2017.