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Roy Duvall’s uncanny soundness in a sport riddled with injury has yet to be matched. Roy holds records for the most NFR qualifications (24) in steer wrestling, including 21 consecutive from 1966 to 1986. Photo by Ross Hecox.
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Roy turns a steer during the 1982 National Finals Rodeo. The three-time world champion steer wrestler put his hard-learned lessons to use at his first junior rodeo in 1961. Photo by Jim Fain.
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Roy hazes for his older brother during a local rodeo. An injury early in Bill’s career put him in the role of hazer. Photo courtesy Duvall family.
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One of top steer wrestlers in the sport’s history, Roy Duvall is also known for supplying some of the toughest bulldogging steers for rodeos across the country. Photo by Ross Hecox.
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A weatherworn statue of plain sorrel horse stands in the corner of Roy Duvall’s pasture. A tribute to his top bulldogging horse, Whiskey, it also serves as a reminder of the many good horses the Duvalls have trained and sold to fellow contestants. Photo by Ross Hecox.
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Training horses, hazing for his younger brother, or practicing alongside him, Bill (right) was an integral part of Roy’s (left) nearly 50-year career. Photo by Ross Hecox.
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Roy strikes a bulldogging pose with an unlikely steer-wrestling candidate. Photo courtesy PRCA.
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Mason Carter (left) and Riley Duvall (center) are part of the next generation of Duvalls-in-training. Brothers Roy and Bill, and Bill’s son, Sam (also Riley’s father) (left), oversee the boys’ daily training. Already accomplished ropers, Mason and Riley hope to add the steer-wrestling event to their repertoire soon. Photo by Ross Hecox.